Thee­wa­ter­skloof Bass Clas­sic

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The Thee­wa­ter­skloof Bass Clas­sic is an an­nual event held by the Tafel­berg Bass­mas­ters. It is the big­gest bass fishing event of the year on the Thee­wa­ter­skloof cal­en­dar. It boasts prizes over the value of R130,000 with the re­sult that every­body walked home with some­thing. This year the name spon­sor was iRecall Mo­bile Record­ing. It was another very well or­ga­nized and well run event, with great com­radery and some big bass.

Thee­wa­ter­skloof is the big­gest body of wa­ter in the Western Cape. Even with it be­ing lower than usual for this time of year it still of­fers plenty to fish, in the likes of lay­downs, stand­ing tim­ber, bridge py­lons and riprap. It is an ex­cel­lent bassing venue for an event like this, not to men­tion that the cur­rent Western Prov­ince Large­mouth Bass record of 5kg plus mak­ing this it’s home. It is hosted by Tafel­berg Bass­mas­ters, at the Thee­wa­ter­skloof Sports Club, which of­fers ex­cel­lent camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a great res­tau­rant and a very invit­ing bar.

The iReCall Thee­wa­ter­skloof Bass Clas­sic is the first event of the New Year and is al­ways a great event to start the New Year off. It at­tracts all types of fish­er­man and wel­comes any­one with a boat and rod to join in on the fun not only on the wa­ter but off the wa­ter too. It is a two day event, with a big­gest bag weight of four fish over two days and a big­gest fish prize for the big­gest bass caught on the sec­ond day. This year with big­gest bag was Team Berkley - Vega Graph­ics, James Roberts and Vin­cent de Boer with a to­tal bag weight of 5,88kg with only three fish to take top honours, and the big­gest fish on day two went to Team Mys­tery­tack­lepack, Rory Hei­d­mann and Ferdi Black with a 2,08kg fish tak­ing home a cool R5000 cash.

Al­though Thee­wa­ter­skloof al­lows for many tech­niques, and most can prove suc­cess­ful, you will find a lot of an­glers pulling out the good old faith­ful pitch­ing rod here, with an im­mense amount of stand­ing tim­ber and lay­downs, it is a tried and tested way of haul­ing out some Thee­wa­ter­skloof pigs. It proved it­self again this year around. A Texas rigged pitch­ing bait is the way to go, with some an­glers’ get­ting right up in the tim­ber to reap the re­wards. If this so hap­pens to fail, weight­less Senkos can be a very good backup.

All in all the iReCall Thee­wa­ter­skloof Bass Clas­sic is a event ev­ery an­gler should have down on their cal­en­dar, if they look­ing for a great event with the pos­si­bil­ity of catch­ing big fish with great prizes, this year be­ing no dif­fer­ent.

A big thank you to all the spon­sors on board this year and a very well done to Tafel­berg Bass­mas­ters for host­ing another great event.

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