SA Bass - - Contents - John Baden­horst/Edi­tor

For the last cou­ple of weeks, con­tro­versy has reared its head yet again and this is get­ting the hair up on many bass an­glers from around the coun­try. Af­ter a re­cent trip out on the wa­ter, I switched on my phone to find a whole load of missed calls and mes­sages re­lat­ing to this is­sue. Why is it that as soon as there seems to be a prob­lem with a spe­cific dam or fish­ing venue, the so called ex­perts are quick to blame the bass? Why, when meet­ings are held re­gard­ing cer­tain venues and prob­lems re­gard­ing al­gae blooms and pol­lu­tion are mem­bers of the bass fish­ing com­mu­nity not in­cluded in these? Af­ter all, we as an­glers con­tribute a very large por­tion of our in­come into the sport and host tour­na­ments and so­cial gath­er­ings which gives a venue a healthy cash in­jec­tion. Not to men­tion the ca­sual an­glers also vis­it­ing these venues.

Bass has been in our wa­ters for many decades and get­ting rid of them is an al­most im­pos­si­ble task. In most venues that hold our fish of choice, these olive and gold denizens of the deep are well es­tab­lished and have been so for many years and some­how, na­ture has taken care of it­self and be­lieve it or not, in most venues there is still a good bal­ance be­tween alien and indige­nous species.

I don’t have all the an­swers but as edi­tor of SA Bass Mag­a­zine, I feel it per­ti­nent to get all the in­for­ma­tion and facts so that our read­ers can be well in­formed. With this in mind, we’ve set up a se­ries of meet­ings to get the facts and will bring those to you, our read­ers here in the pages of SA Bass.

Look­ing at the Read­ers-Go-Bassing sec­tion of last month and the pho­tos from this month, it’s clear that at some places, the bite is on and as we move with tech­nol­ogy, SA Bass Mag­a­zine has part­nered with Bassk­ingsapp to bring a tour­na­ment ex­clu­sively for bank an­glers where the win­ner gets a year-long sub­scrip­tion to the mag­a­zine. Sim­ply go to your IOS or An­droid app store and down­load the Bassk­ingsapp and start fish­ing and sub­mit­ting those en­tries. Cul­prit South Africa has also kindly spon­sored our ju­nior read­ers go bassing photo com­pe­ti­tion and some young­ster is go­ing to win a se­ri­ous goodie bag filled with snacks for bass.

March has al­ways been a favourite time of the year for me. Quiet, calm days with gen­tle breezes, not much rain and more com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures out on the wa­ter all comes down to one very im­por­tant fac­tor…. top­wa­ter time! Yes folks, it’s time to grab the frog rod and get cast­ing as our fishy friends start eat­ing and get­ting re­serves up for the cooler win­ter months that lay ahead.

Also nice to have some in­put from what we would deem the “fairer sex”. And as the ar­ti­cle by Sharon states, there is space for ev­ery­one to en­joy this sport and pas­time that we all love so much.

SA Bass Mag­a­zine is a mag­a­zine for an­glers by an­glers and with your in­put; we can only make this pub­li­ca­tion so much bet­ter. If you have a story or maybe an ad­ven­ture around bass fish­ing that you would like to share or per­haps you have an opin­ion re­gard­ing an is­sue around bass fish­ing, feel free to sub­mit it to us and let’s work to­gether for a bet­ter fu­ture, not only for the an­gler but also for our beloved bass.

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