SA Bass - - Contents - John Badenhorst / Editor

As I write this, I have to give some thought to the fact that the cur­rent Power­ball Jack­pot is sit­ting at a stag­ger­ing R140mil­lion. Most cer­tainly not small change and I’m sure most of us could do with a chunky slice of that pie. The chances of win­ning some­thing like that, ac­cord­ing to the folks that work with sta­tis­tics are around one in 37 mil­lion. I sup­pose it’s very much like fish­ing, you can’t catch a fish with­out a bait in the wa­ter and yes, I even stood for al­most an hour in line to buy a R39 quick pick.

If you had to win that kind of money, what would you do? If you’re like me and many of our angling brothers and sis­ters, a six month long, world­wide fish­ing hol­i­day is surely on the agenda.

The sea­son is upon us again and as the Au­gust winds have swept across the land, we hold our breath for the big one; we cast our lines in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a new PB. It’s not as easy as some would have us be­lieve and fish­ing… es­pe­cially bass fish­ing this time of the year, takes care­ful plan­ning for all the el­e­ments to con­spire to­gether and make a mem­ory to last for­ever.

Re­cently, on a pre-fish, a friend of mine man­aged to catch some truly good fish in a spot, two days later, he couldn’t even man­age a nib­ble. Sea­sons change and fish are get­ting ready for the days ahead. Be­ing able to read the wa­ter, un­der­stand the be­hav­iour of our green fishy friends and be­ing able to adapt our style of hunt­ing them, is a sure key to suc­cess.

It’s with sad­ness that we ob­serve the state of our lo­cal wa­ter ways and a re­cent high­light on Carte Blanche showed just how ut­terly care­less some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are in man­ag­ing pol­lu­tion. At Har­te­beestpoort Dam, we still have a mas­sive prob­lem with hy­acinth and I find it strange that now, dur­ing the colder months, when the plant lies dor­mant on the sur­face, that no one is mak­ing a real ef­fort to sim­ply scoop up the of­fend­ing mass and get rid of it. It could be be­cause of a short­age of fund­ing or sim­ply that in or­der to re­move the prob­lem, some­one, and some­where has to make money.

Once the first rains of spring ar­rive and those plants wake up from their win­ter slum­ber, it’s go­ing to be an even big­ger prob­lem than last year.

Un­for­tu­nately; it’s not just places like Har­ties that face this, but even my back­yard pond fondly known as Mur­ray Park.

As we head slowly into the sec­ond half of the year, there are still some big tour­na­ments com­ing up to keep us en­ter­tained. SA Bass Mag­a­zine has two of these com­ing up in the FLW se­ries at Bi­vane and Boskop, and then there is still the Al­bert Falls Clas­sic tak­ing place too. Com­ing up over the next few months we also have the SABAA na­tion­als and Ju­nior In­ter­na­tion­als.

Fol­low­ing ICAST 2018 where great new prod­ucts were in­tro­duced, we have the lo­cal Fish­ing Trade and Tackle show which un­for­tu­nately is not a pub­lic event. Im­porters will once again dis­play the lat­est and great­est in fish­ing toys. How­ever, we at SA Bass Mag­a­zine will bring you news of what’s to ex­pect for the up­com­ing sea­son.

If you can brave the wind and get out on the wa­ter, do so... the pre-spawn is upon us and there are some good fish to be caught, just re­mem­ber to han­dle fish with care and safely re­lease them as gen­tly and as speed­ily as pos­si­ble.

If for some rea­son, I hap­pen to have bought the win­ning ticket for that big chunk of change, don’t worry, I will send reg­u­lar post­cards. In the mean­time, get out on the wa­ter, put your skill and luck to the test and send us pic­tures of that new PB.

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