SA Bass

BACKYARD BASSIN

- >> John Badenhorst*

“Backyard Bassin for 2018” Backyard Bassin is a SA Bass Magazine initiative which started about a year ago with a few articles giving info on some local ponds. – John Badenhorst

Backyard Bassin is a SA Bass Magazine initiative which started about a year ago with a few articles giving info on some local ponds. The aim of the articles is to inform readers of the so called smaller venues which are literally on our very own doorstep and what the potential fishing prospects are for these venues. During 2018, assistant editor John Badenhorst will be writing a series of articles on a monthly basis with the emphasis on explaining the tactics used on various venues and his approach to getting the best possible results on these waters. Not all anglers have access to big boats with all the gadgetry and as we know, there are many bank, kayak, float tube, kickboat and small craft anglers out on the water every weekend and these informativ­e articles will use a small craft approach. Using a Cracklebac­k 360 Bass Lite from Escape Boating in Benoni and fitted with the latest power plant in the form of a long shaft Yamaha 15hp motor from Yamaha Distributo­rs and electronic­s from Lowrance, this series of articles are sure to give readers a better understand­ing of the prospectiv­e venues to be featured. There will also be regular lure reviews as part of the series with various lure suppliers and manufactur­ers supplying their latest baits for testing. As part of this upcoming series in general, video clips will also be filmed and edited out on the water, showing the best tactics and lure rigging methods.

During a recent radio interview, John had this to say: “I’m very excited to be doing this feature again for the New Year. With enough space to fit all the tackle and rods needed and bigger deck space than most boats its size or even bigger boats, Neil from Escape Boating has helped with the procuremen­t of his latest Cracklebac­k Lite which is easy to launch, super stable in rough water and handles like a dream. Having the new Yamaha 15hp from Yamaha Distributo­rs also allows for quick access to better spots and thus, giving more time actually fishing than moving from one spot to another.” He said further: “Smaller dams can have their moods, just like bigger venues and hopefully our approach to these venues and sharing that informatio­n and techniques will help other anglers get better results. Some places are tough by nature, but this is after all why we call it fishing.”

The first venue that will be featured will be Bronkhorst­spruit. For some anglers, an easy venue and yet for others, known as a tough venue.

*John Badenhorst is assistant editor of SA BASS magazine and a keen angler himself. He is also a regular contributo­r for SA BASS and a custom lure maker for Wolf Lures, Flies & Feathers.

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