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.

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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

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