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SA Bass - - Contents - >> Bryan Lep­pan*

“Catch­ing Big Bass from a Kick Boat” I’ve been fish­ing from a kick boat and float tube for years now, which has taught me many ways to im­prove my fish­ing. But, best of all, it’s taught me how to catch big fish. – Bryan Lep­pan

I’ve been fish­ing from a kick boat and float tube for years now, which has taught me many ways to im­prove my fish­ing. But, best of all, it’s taught me how to catch big fish. Who says you need a boat to be able to catch big fish? Yes, it does have its ad­van­tages; es­pe­cially on a big body of wa­ter. How­ever, it also has its dis­ad­van­tages too. Be­ing on a kick­boat means you are prob­a­bly lim­ited to a smaller area and can’t cover as much wa­ter as you would on a larger boat, but it does al­low you to fish a cer­tain spot or stretch of wa­ter more thor­oughly.

Here is a prime ex­am­ple. On a re­cent trip to a lo­cal dam, I got there bright and early as al­ways. I have a cer­tain spot that I nor­mally like to fish, how­ever it is a long kick to get there, even though I know I al­ways catch fish there. In­stead, I de­cided to rather try the ar­eas that I never fish and spent some time work­ing those ar­eas thor­oughly. I got to the first spot and af­ter a few min­utes I man­aged to land my first fish on a crankbait. It was a small male, and know­ing that it is cur­rently pres­pawn con­di­tions, I thought there could be a de­cent sized fe­male nearby. I made about twenty more casts in the same area and then hooked into what I thought was a bar­bell. It shot off and never broke the sur­face of the wa­ter, giv­ing me a great fight. It slowly tired and as I reeled it in closer, my ex­cite­ment set in, it was a beauty of a bass! I landed the fish and it weighed in at 4kg on the dot. A few casts later, a bit fur­ther up the bank, I was into an­other de­cent fish of 2.6kg.

As the day went on, the fish­ing con­di­tions made things a bit more dif­fi­cult, but I was still catch­ing fish. Be­cause I don’t use a fish finder, I looked for the same kind of struc­ture on the bank. In this case it was a rocky bank with a bit of a drop off, the same kind of bank where I got the 4kg. I changed over to a Texas rigged Ya­mamoto Krea­ture bait. This al­lowed me to fish slower and keep the bait in the strike zone for a bit longer. My pa­tience paid off as I hooked into an­other big fish, this one weigh­ing in at 3.8kg.

The best way to catch big fish from your kick boat, in my opin­ion, is to be knowl­edge­able about the dam. Take note of the sur­round­ings, where you have caught be­fore and where the fish are most likely to be. Be­fore head­ing out for the day, I of­ten look at con­tour maps or old pic­tures of the dam and try read up on ar­ti­cles if I can. The best tip I can give to other fish­er­men is to fish an area prop­erly, throw dif­fer­ent baits and be pa­tient; you never know when you’re go­ing to get that big bite. Some­times fish­ing new ar­eas can pay off, even if you don’t think so at first. So be pa­tient, re­lax and just en­joy your­self out there.

*Bryan Lep­pan is the Cast-for-Cash KZN or­gan­iser, a provin­cial an­gler and pro staff an­gler for Bass Ware­house.

The best way to catch big fish from your kick boat is to be knowl­edge­able about the dam Throw dif­fer­ent baits and be pa­tient

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