SA Bass

The best of all, you will get more bites and more fish. It will happen that you will get smaller fish, but just work the fish and area.

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Drop-shotting

One of the hottest tactics developed in the last few years, is a technique that is very effective in deep clear water. After getting confidence in drop-shotting, you will realise that this technique can be used to fish deep to shallow in clean to stained water, the whole year around. The bait is always doing something when you move the rod’s tip. Dropshotti­ng is always a good way to fish in spawn, especially when you get those fish that don’t want to bite.

The right settings on a fish finders combined with a drop-shot rig can be deadly.

A drop-shot is rigged by tying a small finesse hook onto the main line with a Palomar knot and leaving a longer tag at the end where the sinker is attached. By placing a soft plastic lure above the sinker, you give the bait a nice bottom. This technique works well when you cover a large area and the bite is off. The Mojo rig is a modified Carolina rig using lighter line and baits with a finesse presentati­on. Over the years the rig underwent many changes in the way that it is rigged; different ways of fishing it and all types of plastics have been tried and tested. Some anglers just use a small clip on weight, some favour to add a simple slip sinker to get more weight. For me the best way is the mojo way by using it with the aid of the tin rubber bands to keep the weight in position.

When the bass are really fussy use smaller 2 to 3 inch lures. Sometimes they prefer bigger lures. You must just experiment with size and ways that will match your style.

Ned rig

Even with the Ned rig, that has taken the country by storm, you need patience. It is easy to use and can be very effectivel­y fished around just about any hard cover or location. The key is to fish it on a slack line. The Ned rig excels when it gets to tough fishing, for this reason, its small profile and finesse action can be used to imitate most fodder the bass are targeting. It can be fished with great successes around points, cliffs, slipways and spawning areas. Cast it out to your target area and let the lure fall on a slack line, watch as it falls for the telltale flick in the line that indicates that there is a bite. Often you won’t see any indication of a fish biting, but when you reel up to move the bait; there will be a fish on. Regardless of the straight forwardnes­s swimming action positioned above the fish, or in their face, especially those bass that are suspended. If you are using a fish finder you can determine on what depth the bass are holding and by attaching the weight the right distance away from the bait can target bass that are suspended, or keep your bait out of the grass. Suspend the bait off the bottom and leave the weight on the same spot when lifting the rod tip up and down. This gives the bait a natural falling action. If fishing deep water a lighter line will get your weight faster to the bottom and will give the lure a more natural action.

Mojo rigging

Some anglers call it split-shotting but it is still the same technique. Split-shotting is one of my confidence rigs and I have had many good days of fishing this way. By dragging a very light mojo weight, try to maintain contact with the of fishing it, one key element to remember while fishing the Ned rig, and this is that you shouldn’t set the hook traditiona­lly. Because of the tiny gap on the hook it has the tendency to pull out of the bass’ mouth if you really jerk on it. Instead, just lean in and start reeling once you feel the bite. It seems crazy, but the fish will hook itself.

For the bass anglers that don’t have patience, this can be very frustratin­g, you have to cast a weightless lure and wait for it fall to the bottom, for the aggressive angler this is too difficult to do.

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