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On a recent days fishing with my daughter a fellow angler came over to tell us how his day went. He said “hey, I dropped a slab today! I was pitching lay-downs and a pig exploded all over my Brush Hog.”

- >> Gary Peter

“Do You Speak Bass?” On a recent days fishing with my daughter a fellow angler came over to tell us how his day went. He said “hey, I dropped a slab today! I was pitching lay-downs and a pig exploded all over my Brush Hog.” – Gary Peter

He continued: “When I felt it wolf me I stitched it solid. As I horsed that bus through the tuckers it busted and I saw it was at least a five. It revved me broken all the way to the gunnels and as I tried to lip it, it got unbuttoned and spat me. Eish! A dog!”

My daughter started giggling and said to me “dad I didn’t understand a single word that man just said”.

Thinking about what he just said I realised that we as bass fishermen really do speak a completely different language and so I began to translate from bass into English for her what he had just said:

“Hey, I lost a big fish today. I was underarm casting at submerged trees when a large bass surfaced near my lure. When I felt the fish bite I set the hook rather firmly. I pulled it away from the trees and when it surfaced I estimated the fish to weigh at least five pounds (2kg). It fought well and right at the boat the hook fell out and the fish swam away. Eish! A rather large fish.

Having had a chuckle I decided to write a glossary translatio­n of bass fishing terms into English so wives, family and friends can understand the bass fishing obsessive in their lives.

I hope this helps the layman, or person, to better understand the bass fisherman in their lives. Also please show patience and understand­ing when a fish is lost as I’m told the pain suffered by the angler is that similar to that of childbirth. In closing; I leave you with great words of wisdom... Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime Give him bass tackle and you turn him into a liar!

Enjoy the festive season. Tight lines, stitch those pigs with jigs, spank those dogs with hogs and remember to ride your boat like you stole it! The scariest part is; when you die and your wife sells off all your fishing gear at the prices you told her it was worth - Ed.

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 ??  ?? The author, a Berkley pro staff angler, with a bus which he stitched and horsed through the tuckers
The author, a Berkley pro staff angler, with a bus which he stitched and horsed through the tuckers

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