To... Catch Lunkers
After catching my new 5.14kg PB I thought it best to consider the facts and write on how to catch your own lunker at Inanda Dam.
In reality there is no fool-proof solution to specifically target five kilo fish at Inanda Dam and they certainly aren’t caught on the regular. Some key features to consider when targeting big fish are:
Fishing the right area
This is major important as high percentage of areas in February/March at Inanda, the water temperature peaks at 29 to 30ºC which has a big impact on the behaviour and positioning of bass. You’ll find fish in three basic areas: 1. Steep bluffs or cliffs where it is easy for bass to change
depth and keep comfortable. 2. Shallow weed beds that provide shade and cover. These weed beds create cool pockets of water which make them an ideal place for bass to be comfortable and wait in ambush. I think many people assume that water temperature is consistent at each depth point across the dam; that’s not the case. Shade and cover play a big role in that. The water temperature can be 29ºC in a bay but underneath a weed bed or hyacinth mat, it is a few degrees cooler. To test the theory, it is quite simple... jump in the water and swim underneath the mat or weed bed. 3. Ledges and drop offs are a great place to find quality fish bunched up this time of year. Not all drop offs and ledges are created equal. The best ones have cover in the form of brush, timber, rock, an extra or different contour change and most importantly baitfish. This is where my electronics come in. My Lowrance HDS units, coupled with Fishtec maps, charts and sediment charts give me a huge advantage when ledge fishing or offshore fishing