SA Bass - - Contents - John Baden­horst / Edi­tor

As I sit and write this piece for the lat­est pub­li­ca­tion, I sit and won­der about where things are head­ing these days. An­other fuel in­crease has been felt by ev­ery sin­gle in­di­vid­ual in this beau­ti­ful coun­try of ours. A rise in fuel prices means that the sport we love so much be­comes even more ex­pen­sive in our en­deav­ours to get there, the cost of tackle and the knockon ef­fect fil­ters down to ba­sics such as food. As ded­i­cated an­glers agree, we al­ready have to bud­get care­fully for our fish­ing trips and with the way things are go­ing, those bud­gets be­come even tighter. In all walks of life, when hu­mans feel the eco­nomic crunch, the first as­pect of the bud­get to take a knock is the bud­get al­lo­cated for en­ter­tain­ment and in our case, it hap­pens to be bass fish­ing. Let’s just hope that our gov­ern­ment finds a way to put a stop to this mad­ness. What I find in­ter­est­ing is that neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are pay­ing thirty per­cent less for their fuel and yet the fuel they use is pro­cessed right here in South Africa!

We pay our taxes, we con­trib­ute to the cof­fers of the ones in power and yet, we have more power out­ages due to so called “ca­ble theft” than ever be­fore. Res­i­dents of neigh­bour­hoods have to jump in and fix pot­holes in their own streets and refuse re­moval on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is some­thing that seems to be a part of a dis­tant past. Yet, we keep pay­ing our taxes or else, we will be the ones who would prob­a­bly be sit­ting be­hind bars in the fu­ture. A friend of mine re­cently sug­gested with­hold­ing taxes un­til the pow­ers that be can make changes for the bet­ter.

Closer to home for us an­glers, the hy­acinth prob­lem is now not only preva­lent in Har­te­beestpoort Dam but also be­com­ing a prob­lem in ar­eas such as Rood­ekop­jes, Mur­ray Park and a host of other dams around the coun­try. What would it take for local gov­ern­ment to ac­tu­ally do some­thing about the is­sue? In most cases it is a sit­u­a­tion of “a lit­tle too lit­tle, too late” as we’ve seen in re­cent times where the prob­lem should have been ac­tively com­bated be­fore it got to the point where it is right now. There are many or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als that have tried to get the needed per­mis­sion to do some­thing con­struc­tive about the is­sue and yet, be­cause of red tape, find that they are not al­lowed to do so at their own cost and worse, if they do, they might be charged for break­ing some law. Then, not only as a South African cit­i­zen but as a con­tribut­ing mem­ber of our coun­try and a tax payer just like you, I also start ask­ing questions but alas, ask­ing these to our local gov­ern­ment results in an­other run around.

With de­light, some an­glers are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing pre-spawn sea­son and al­though win­ter fish­ing pat­terns still per­sist and will do so for some weeks, there is a clear in­di­ca­tion that the up­com­ing spawn might be a very good one in­deed. With the FLW Cast-for-Cash fi­nal and the up­com­ing FLW Small Craft Cham­pi­onship, and a host of other tour­na­ments on the hori­zon, there is still plenty to look for­ward to as we head into Au­gust and Septem­ber. Very few mem­bers of the pub­lic re­al­ize that in a cou­ple of months, the Olympics of Fish­ing is be­ing hosted by South Africa and with this in mind, the early part of next year is go­ing to be a very busy time for an­glers and spec­ta­tors.

In this is­sue of SA Bass magazine, we look at an­other host of in­ter­est­ing views, tips and ideas from our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors and field ed­i­to­rial team to help you make the right se­lec­tions in terms of weather or wa­ter con­di­tions in or­der to have the best pos­si­ble chance of brav­ing the cold and still catch­ing a fish to smile about.

Grab a friend, a flask, some tackle and a smile and hope­fully we will see you out on the wa­ter.

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