My Cast

SA Bass - - My Cast -

I’m proud to an­nounce that SA BASS has just se­cured a li­cense agree­ment with FLW in Amer­ica. For those who are not fa­mil­iar with FLW; the or­gan­i­sa­tion is named af­ter the leg­endary founder of Ranger Boats, For­rest L. Wood. It is the world’s largest tour­na­ment-fish­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, of­fer­ing bass and wall­eye an­glers across the globe a chance to com­pete and win mil­lions of dol­lars. For more in­for­ma­tion see our press re­lease I in this is­sue.

Apart from this great news… it is that time of the year again; the spawn is upon us. Last year’s sur­viv­ing fin­ger­lings are big­ger and that 2.3kg bass you caught might now be a 3.1kg. Also, a new SA Record is def­i­nitely swim­ming out there some­where for a lucky an­gler to catch.

We are all go­ing to do our best to be that an­gler, or at least get as close to it as we can. But I want to im­plore the read­ers to be gen­tle about it and ac­count­able. Catch as many bass as you want but re­lease them all un­harmed. Treat them prop­erly by lip land­ing the fish and sup­port the bel­lies with your other hand when tak­ing pic­tures. Us­ing a lip-grip is ‘n big no-no just as mis­han­dling the fish.

If you find that the bass keep swal­low­ing the hook don’t just carry on fish­ing; change your hook be­cause gut hook­ing the bass causes more dam­age than you think. By chang­ing your fish­ing method you might even be able to up­grade to big­ger fish.

I love catch­ing bass and hate it when I have a gut hook that needs to be re­moved. Luck­ily I have learned how to safely re­move a gut hook which is some­thing I think ev­ery an­gler should do.

Work­shops have popped around the coun­try to help an­glers catch more bass but we re­ally should have some work­shops on how to pre­serve our fish stocks. There are so many an­glers with so much info to share that we can stop mak­ing ex­cuses for los­ing bass due to these types of in­juries.

With­out try­ing to sound like I’m preach­ing I just need to ask our read­ers and also ev­ery other an­gler, even those not buy­ing the magazine, to be care­ful with the fish we all love to catch. It re­ally is heart­break­ing when I see dead fish and those “hook and cook­ers” rap­ing the shal­lows dur­ing spawn. Un­for­tu­nately we can­not take the law in our own hands so rather ed­u­cate them why it is im­por­tant to catc­hand-re­lease.

En­joy the new sea­son and pre­serve our bass as much as pos­si­ble. Happy fish­ing! Ben­nie Wiese / Ed­i­tor

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