SA BASS

Be­ing in touch with the nat­u­ral world is cru­cial – Sir David At­ten­bor­ough

SA Bass - - Contents - >> Jay Röhm-Wil­liams

“Rock a bye bass” Dawn has just cracked let­ting in the first warm­ing rays of sun­light through to shim­mer on the wa­ter’s sur­face. Some say it’s not quite spring yet but you and your buddy couldn’t be fazed, who needs an ex­cuse to go bass fish­ing? – Jay Röhm-Wil­liams

Dawn has just cracked let­ting in the first warm­ing rays of sun­light through to shim­mer on the wa­ter’s sur­face. Some say it’s not quite spring yet but you and your buddy couldn’t be fazed, who needs an ex­cuse to go bass fish­ing? Con­di­tions are beg­ging you to throw out one of your dusty top wa­ter lures that might have failed to see ac­tion over the last few cold months. You do it any­way, why not af­ter all and out you cast. As the fish gods smile at your se­lec­tion of choice they de­cide to re­ward your courage and bam! The wa­ters ex­plode, fish on. Af­ter an ex­hil­a­rat­ing short but epic bat­tle, you lip-land your mighty bass and boy she’s a biggy. Be­fore your pulse has even set­tled you’re al­ready think­ing; I need a pho­to­graph of this when low and be­hold there stands your mate ready with the cam­era out say­ing smile! We have all been there and we have all done it. Whether it was dur­ing a recre­ational ses­sion with a friend, a fam­ily out­ing, com­pet­i­tively or those solo mis­sions, ev­ery­one loves hav­ing their photo taken with them­selves hold­ing their catch, my­self in­cluded.

Now, it’s a sub­ject that has ac­tu­ally been spo­ken about for longer than I ex­pected. Ar­ti­cle upon ar­ti­cle backed up by blog af­ter blog over the years. Some an­glers have heard it all be­fore while oth­ers swear they had never even gave it a thought. I am speak­ing about the great myth or de­bate that could date back to an age be­fore my time, a topic that I am sure by now has been dis­cussed world-wide. Are bass phys­i­cally af­fected when held by their jaws for pho­to­graphs? If you thought ex­plain­ing how to use a cell­phone to grand­dad or oupa was tough in the be­gin­ning, try

The author de­lighted as al­ways

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