“Guardians of the Bass Universe” What is there left to say about spawning season that has not been said before? Not very much I guess... – Kevin Lofstedt
Before I start with this month’s article, I would like to make it plain that comments and or personal observations in these articles are not necessarily the views of SA Bass, and or the Editor or Staff.
Now, we’re back at that time of the year again, and what is there left to say about spawning season that has not been said before? Not very much I guess. With this in mind, some things can never be repeated too often. Like catch and release. This is the backbone against which all our activities must take place. It’s my considered opinion that spawning season is not the right time to be sharing details about how when and where to catch our bass at a time when they are most vulnerable. I know this sounds harsh, but the old WWII expression “loose lips sink ships” pretty much summed up how much trouble our mouths can get us into. Well in our case “big mouths kill big mouths” is about the same thing. This might sound harsh, but we need to be vigilant about who we share information with. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: There are some amongst us that troll the social media, popular bassing websites, bassing magazines as well as tackle shops to find out where the “bass are biting”. Unless you know them personally, or someone that will vouch for them, you need to err on the side of saying nothing. Never forget that there are some amongst us that will go to any lengths to make a buck, and the wholesale slaughter off bass is right up their alley. An easy way to make a quick buck, with very little or no chance of being stopped by anyone. Just sitting here writing this stuff makes me want to strangle some of those employing the use of gill nets to rape our resource. Their ethics are very often lower than most of our politicians. (And that’s saying something!). We spend many hours every year, very often struggling to get a bite or two, so when spawning season arrives, it’s the “time of plenty”. It’s hard to criticise anyone for wanting to take advantage of this time of year, however, we should strive to do this in the most ethical manner as we possibly can.
Words of wisdom:
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing! - Margaret Thatcher.
*Kevin Lofstedt is a regular writer and a well known veteran bass angler with three times Southern Gauteng Colours since 1985. He is also the main founder of Clearwater Bassmasters Bass Chapter (1994). He can be reached at email@example.com
A male and female bass doing their thing. Do your thing and practise “catch and release”