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.