As I write this, I have to give some thought to the fact that the current Powerball Jackpot is sitting at a staggering R140million. Most certainly not small change and I’m sure most of us could do with a chunky slice of that pie. The chances of winning something like that, according to the folks that work with statistics are around one in 37 million. I suppose it’s very much like fishing, you can’t catch a fish without a bait in the water and yes, I even stood for almost an hour in line to buy a R39 quick pick.
If you had to win that kind of money, what would you do? If you’re like me and many of our angling brothers and sisters, a six month long, worldwide fishing holiday is surely on the agenda.
The season is upon us again and as the August winds have swept across the land, we hold our breath for the big one; we cast our lines in anticipation of a new PB. It’s not as easy as some would have us believe and fishing… especially bass fishing this time of the year, takes careful planning for all the elements to conspire together and make a memory to last forever.
Recently, on a pre-fish, a friend of mine managed to catch some truly good fish in a spot, two days later, he couldn’t even manage a nibble. Seasons change and fish are getting ready for the days ahead. Being able to read the water, understand the behaviour of our green fishy friends and being able to adapt our style of hunting them, is a sure key to success.
It’s with sadness that we observe the state of our local water ways and a recent highlight on Carte Blanche showed just how utterly careless some municipalities are in managing pollution. At Hartebeestpoort Dam, we still have a massive problem with hyacinth and I find it strange that now, during the colder months, when the plant lies dormant on the surface, that no one is making a real effort to simply scoop up the offending mass and get rid of it. It could be because of a shortage of funding or simply that in order to remove the problem, someone, and somewhere has to make money.
Once the first rains of spring arrive and those plants wake up from their winter slumber, it’s going to be an even bigger problem than last year.
Unfortunately; it’s not just places like Harties that face this, but even my backyard pond fondly known as Murray Park.
As we head slowly into the second half of the year, there are still some big tournaments coming up to keep us entertained. SA Bass Magazine has two of these coming up in the FLW series at Bivane and Boskop, and then there is still the Albert Falls Classic taking place too. Coming up over the next few months we also have the SABAA nationals and Junior Internationals.
Following ICAST 2018 where great new products were introduced, we have the local Fishing Trade and Tackle show which unfortunately is not a public event. Importers will once again display the latest and greatest in fishing toys. However, we at SA Bass Magazine will bring you news of what’s to expect for the upcoming season.
If you can brave the wind and get out on the water, do so... the pre-spawn is upon us and there are some good fish to be caught, just remember to handle fish with care and safely release them as gently and as speedily as possible.
If for some reason, I happen to have bought the winning ticket for that big chunk of change, don’t worry, I will send regular postcards. In the meantime, get out on the water, put your skill and luck to the test and send us pictures of that new PB.