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.