The Bass Are Back

The Bass Are Back

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_2116" align="alignright" width="225"] Nick with a bass[/caption] After months of waiting it was finally time to head back down to Inanda Dam for a little bass bashing. Sadly conditions were not what we'd hoped they would be. Heading north towards the Umgeni River revealed algae on the surface that was so thick it appeared to be paint. Throwing out a popper was useless as it would either sit on top, or work it’s way under where you could no longer see it. Fishing sub surface may have worked but we weren’t interested in sitting in the muck. We therefore headed towards the dam wall where the surface was thankfully clear of the green goo. There was however another problem in that the dam was so low that there was…
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Third Weekend At Inanda Dam

Third Weekend At Inanda Dam

Bass, Fresh Water
For the third weekend in a row Nick and I headed down to Inanda Dam to do some fly fishing. This time however our plan was to focus on the filming of the trip rather than the fishing, in the hope of putting together a short video of Inanda Dam and the bass opportunities it offers. Sadly the conditions weren't in our favour. Initially there was no wind and the water was like glass. It was also extremely hot and as such the bigger fish seemed to have moved into deeper water. With the focus of our video being on surface action we continued fishing with poppers despite the conditions being against us. Despite the tough conditions we managed to produce a few small fish on the surface. That said…
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Inanda Dam On Fly

Inanda Dam On Fly

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1715" align="alignright" width="225"] Warren Prior's best bass on fly[/caption] For the second week in a row we headed down to Inanda Dam to target bass. Conditions were close to ideal thanks to the warm water, a decent cloud cover, and a slight breeze creating a gentle ripple on the surface. Nick was convinced that he'd been at a disadvantage on previous trips due to the onerous task of skippering the Baha vessel. I therefore took control of the wheel for this outing and decided to head towards the dam wall for the morning's fishing. My first choice of venue yielded no fish (although Nick did miss one) which left me a little nervous in my new captain's hat. Thankfully my second choice proved rather fruitful and we landed several…
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Inanda Dam In The Baha Vessel

Inanda Dam In The Baha Vessel

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1692" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fly fishing for lost rods[/caption] With Inanda fast becoming our most fished venue we decided to head down with a new objective in mind...to cover more water. We therefore left the float tubes at home and hitched up the boat, ready to explore the uncharted nooks and crannies of the dam (well, for us anyway). We launched the boat at 6am and were soon flying across the dam, sulking that neither of us had bothered to pack breakfast. Thankfully our hunger pangs were quickly forgotten as we pulled into our first bay. While Nick was still navigating the boat into our drift I threw out my popper and got straight into a fish. The water was murky with a lot of algae on the surface. It…
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A Slow Morning At Inanda

A Slow Morning At Inanda

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1642" align="alignright" width="300"] Yet another largemouth bass[/caption] Bass seem to be topping the todo list of late. I guess it's because they're close to home and great fun to fish for on the surface. So on Sunday we headed back down to Inanda Dam to have another go at the good old largemouth. I got down at 5:45 only to (once again) discover that the gate only opens at 6am. Rather than standing around I put this time to good use and inflated my tube and kitted up my rod. That way when the gate opened I was ready to go and was on the water within 5 minutes. This proved to be a good move as I picked up 3 fish within 15 minutes of kicking out. After…
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Yet More Inanda Bassing

Yet More Inanda Bassing

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1623" align="alignright" width="300"] Warren with a bass at Inanda Dam[/caption] After a slow weekend of fishing at Midmar we decided to head down to Inanda Dam to get back into some decent largemouth bass. With Nick driving it meant a lazy 6am start which resulted in us arriving at the gate at roughly 6:30am. I whipped out my Wild Card, it was swiped, and we were let in. While driving to our fishing spot I took a look at my slip and noticed that my card had expired several months before. Clearly they don't check the slips. Free entry for the win! After inflating the tubes we kicked out onto the water which was as smooth as glass. The sun was already bright and I was unsure as to how…
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Inanda Dam Domination

Inanda Dam Domination

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1459" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Warren Prior with a nice large-mouth bass[/caption] A big Xplorer sale meant that Nick and I ended up with a few extra fly rods that needed to be tested. For me the rod I wanted to put through its paces was a new Guide II 7 weight which was to become my bass (and possibly salt water) rod. We had originally planned a salt water outing down the south coast as we also had a few new 9 weights. However wind and high seas dictated our decision and we eventually opted to head down to Inanda Dam for some bass bashing. We arrived at Inanda in a slight drizzle, sucked down the remainder of our coffee, and then peeled the plastic off the new rods. The water…
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Inanda Dam Domination

Inanda Dam Domination

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_1074" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Releasing a largemouth bass[/caption] With Inanda Dam so close to our humble homes it's amazing that we don't pay it more frequent visits. It could be that we take it for granted. But it could also be due to the ever present fear of crocodiles. That said I don't know of any recent reports so I like to put that thought into the back of my mind. On Sunday morning Nick and myself headed down to Inanda Dam for a  6am start. Many of you may remember our previous fail when we arrived at 5am only to discover that the gates only opened at 6. Well this time we arrived at 6am only to find out that the gates had been open since 5. Can they…
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Inanda Dam Bass Bashing

Inanda Dam Bass Bashing

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_590" align="alignright" width="300"] Warren With A Bass[/caption]After a rather interesting DFT demo by Marco Breschi, our club’s bass expert, I had a chat with him and we decided to head down to Inanda Dam on Sunday morning for a little bass fishing (on fly of course). With my newly tied strip leech in hand, Nick picked me up, we met Marco at the gate, and we headed down to the dam. Our first mistake was arriving at 5am only to be told that the gate only opens at 6am. We must thank Nick for this great piece of planning, so if you ever happen to run into him please be sure to rough him up a little. None the less we put the time to good use by pumping…
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Nick’s Day Of Domination

Nick’s Day Of Domination

Bass, Fresh Water
[caption id="attachment_416" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nick Testing Float Tubes[/caption] The weekend got off to a good start with a morning's fishing at Inanda Dam. Nick picked me up and, after a quick stop at McDonalds, we headed for the water where we met up with Gavin and a mate of his. Things got off to a very interesting start when we spotted a spear fisherman in a full camo wetsuit. Strange? Or was it just us? Now slightly worried about our legs dangling in the water we pumped up our float tubes and made our way out into the water to start nailing those bass. Nick had a great session and landed 4 largemouth bass on a home tied woolly bugger. I must've been doing something wrong since, despite fishing close…
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