“The Bassing Duo” The Bassing Duo, Tristan and Nathan Wickham, are two of our most aspiring and talented young bass anglers currently in the Cast-forCash as well as SABAA circuit. – Corné Schoeman
The Bassing Duo, Tristan and Nathan Wickham, are two of our most aspiring and talented young bass anglers currently in the Cast-for-Cash as well as SABAA circuit. Nathan (15) started bass fishing at the mere age of 3 years old. Tristan (17) however really only started bass fishing at the age of 13. They both were introduced to the sport by two other well-known bass anglers, John Wickham and Carlos da Silva although Tristan was also personally influenced by Ruan Wahl and Johann Zwarts.
In 2017 they have already competed in seven competitions with an outstanding Cast-for-Cash win on Witbank Dam with a five fish limit bag weighing in at 6.01kg. Due to a delayed start because of mist, it was a race against time and these two young guns delivered a well deserved victory under pressure.
For Tristan, coming into the weigh-in station knowing you are weighing a good bag, is one of his thrills about the sport. Nathan however likes the excitement of the pull away and landing that kicker every angler hopes for to seal the deal.
One of their dislikes in the sport is the pressure to perform. Being competitive one looses the enjoyment of the outing sometimes because one are hungry for that win. Loosing that “if only I caught it” bass you needed is also devastating for Nathan which I can totally relate to. Unfortunately at their young age they are also subjected to sport politics, which is one of the worst parts of competitive angling. With their feet firmly on the ground, they have stood tall against this.
Although Tristan enjoys fly fishing for trout and deep sea angling, Nathan is a bass fanatic. Their favourite dams include Witbank, De Hoop, Loskop and Albert Falls which they have been formidable opponents on.
When it comes to advice to young upcoming anglers both of them agree – never give up and spend a lot of time on the water, developing your techniques. One must be able to adapt in all kinds of weather conditions and find that pattern to bring home the glory. Their “go-to” rig and lures are jerkbaits, crankbaits, drop-shot, stickbaits and Texas craws.
Tristan’s proudest moment was when he won SABAA Wrangler Angler in 2015 at Arabie Dam. Nathan is our Junior National Champion 2017, which was held at Wriggleswade earlier this year.
As I wrote this I know we are still going to see great things from these two gentlemen and I hope for the preservation of our sport for future generations. Any junior angler interested in bass fishing should approach their local bass club for details. You can also contact SA Bass or SABAA for any information.
Nathan Wickham Nathan Wickham with a Letsibogo Lunker
Tristan Wickham Tristan Wickham with a Witbank Dam trophy