Caught on Honeymoon
Igot married early April 2016 and we decided on Margate for our honeymoon. I saw an opportunity to add an extra three days of bass fishing at Bells Bass Lodge in KZN about 14km away from Ballito in the Shakaskraal area.
Boy, I never thought that I would be blessed with two big events in two weeks, getting married and also hitting my PB of 5.75kg.
Fished of my pontoon, I borrowed dad’s two piece Matador rod, geared it up with my Abu MGX reel with eight pound Tatshu with a G40 (black and purple) lure from Secret Baits.
I saw some timber sticking out so I tried that on the Tuesday afternoon when we got to Bells Bass Lodge but did not pick up anything and decided to fish the reeds instead. Great fishing venue as I got stuck into the bass quick. The next morning I went to the timber again and again nothing so I decided I would come back in the afternoon. I was so happy that I made that discussion.
Just after 4 o’clock in the afternoon and I headed back to the timber, took me four casts and then it started. The take was light, the fight was epic. I first thought I got stuck and as I lifted the rod to shoot the line I just felt this massive pull and saw the line shooting through the water and I knew this is it. The tug’s from the bass was insane, luckily my drag was set correctly and the drag went as the bass pulled away. I could feather the spool with my thumb.
I immediately started kicking away from the trees so that I don’t get snagged in the branches. To the left of me was reeds and to the right the tree stumps. The bass went left to the reeds and then back to the stumps, it is insane and unbelievable how fast these fish can move.
Then it happened. The beast made sight of her for the first time. She broke the surface and a thousand thoughts went through my head BUT luckily I saw my hook set was 100% through the top of the mouth and centre (those red hooks helps a lot). For that split
“I never thought that I would be blessed with two big events in two weeks”
second I had peace of mind that the bass’s teeth won’t shave the line. I just needed to hold tension.
My biggest worry was to land this beast and from my pontoon it would be a task and a half, so I decided I will kick back to the cottage so that Tanya can hold the net and land the beast. Slowly making my way back for quite a distance, this mega fish made her presence known every second.
I shouted from about fifty odd metres away to Tanya, “Liefie, Liefie... Liefie, bring die net, bring die net”. She of cause was a bit confused and thought there might be a snake or even a croc situation going on the way I shouted. (We did visit the croc farms and Venom World on our holiday, so that idea was still fresh in her mind.)
I got to the shore and Tanya saw what was going on. Now to land this massive green machine! There was still plenty of fight in her and I knew one wrong move and it’s bye-bye PB. Tanya got in the water with me as she also went to promode in seconds and was giving advice as to how I needed to guide the beast to the net. It was not to be as my net was way too small (I think the net is used for trout fishing). Anyway, by this time I could not take it anymore and I just lifted the rod and grabbed the beast on the bottom jaw and held on as tight as I could. I lifted her out of the water, what powerful species they are, shaking my whole body as she tried to slip lose from my grip.
Wow… what a feeling to be so blessed to have this awesome specimen in my hands and even better seeing her swim away safely after all the activities, alive and knowing she lives to fight another day and to bring joy to another basser.