SA Bass - - Contents - Corné Schoe­man* *Corné Schoe­man is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor and member of Team Bass Cou­ple who is cur­rently ranked fifth on the Mpumalanga Cast-for-Cash tour­na­ment trial log.

“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

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