SA Bass

“What the Fruck...”

- >> Kevin Holm*

Many topwater anglers will have one or sometimes two rods permanentl­y rigged for just the right moment... you know, those times when the sun is either about to throw it’s rays of warmth and light on a brand new day or those short hours before everything fades into darkness – Kevin Holm

Many topwater anglers will have one or sometimes two rods permanentl­y rigged for just the right moment... you know, those times when the sun is either about to throw it’s rays of warmth and light on a brand new day or those short hours before everything fades into darkness.

It’s what topwater anglers dream of... glassy smooth water with not a breath of wind and the occasional dimple to indicate a stalking fish... Casting their preferred topwater bait to land in either a soft “plop” or a loud in inviting splash. Waiting for the ripples to fade and then that erratic twitch back to the boat or bank with occasional pauses in-between. A sudden swirl under the lure or a powerful splash signals the take and at this very moment, the sheer adrenaline and excitement is what brings many anglers back to this method of fishing... time and time again.

With the advances in technology come greater selections of lures to choose from, especially for the topwater angler.

Pad crashers, hollow bodied frogs, pencil baits with propellers, surface sliders, bats, rats, mice, snakes lizards, ducks and the list simply goes on.

Topwater anglers all have their preferred bait and this is a relationsh­ip built over time and the more an angler spends time with a particular bait, the more confidence is garnered in a specific bait with a unique character or action.

Recently, internatio­nal brand Savage Gear has come up with some truly unique baits based on natural critters found in and around local and European waters. Using 3D technology for scanning purposes, they have re-created some truly innovative baits that have taken the world and even South Africa by storm. In doing so, they have also won internatio­nal awards and acclaim at the internatio­nal ICAST expo over the recent years.

Entering into the fray of what’s available for top-water anglers is their latest, the Soft Bodied 3D Duck or as some anglers call it, the Fruck. This unique bait uses the same characteri­stics as one would expect in top-water frogs with a soft body but now shaped like a real-looking juvenile duckling with legs to match. Available in a host of colours from black to brown, yellow and even a green one that resembles something of a cross-over between a duck and a frog, these baits cast a mile and work the surface of any body of water as any good quality top-water lure should.

Bass are apex predators in most waters in South Africa and will eat almost anything that they find either below or on the surface. On recent outing to some local dams on the East Rand, the Savage Gear 3D duck outperform­ed other, more convention­al top-water baits with explosive takes and adrenaline filled fights. It comes standard with a stinger hook in the package, allowing the angler to attach this if he or she finds the fish striking a tad short. The body does not get water-logged like some baits and sits exactly like a duckling would. It can be worked any which way you prefer to fish your top-water baits and with a price tag not putting it out of the average anglers budget, this is definitely one that should be added to your arsenal.

The Savage Gear 3D Hollow Bodied duck is distribute­d by RAD Fishing Gear and you can visit their website for further details.

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A side view of the 3D Soft Bodied Duck

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