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 Posted: Fri Oct 14th, 2016 10:17 pm
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Hi guys. Im based up in Durban North. Im quite keen to do some freshwater lure fishing. When are the seasons. For bass specifically. Ive got a boat aswell.

Please any tips would be great

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 Posted: Mon Oct 24th, 2016 07:31 pm
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Hi Ross

First let me say that I am no expert, but I think I have a good understanding of bass behaviour in different seasons. To break it down to basics I would say:

Summer - fish generally come up shallower early morning and late afternoon as it is cooler to actively feed on the smaller minnows from the previous spawn. Then head down a little during the heat of the day where they are still definitely catchable using slower techniques

Autumn - as the water starts to cool down the fish generally start to feed more through the day - basically the theory is that they start trying to feed up for the cold winter, so faster techniques tend to work well as they are actively feeding for longer parts of the day

Winter - not the best time, although we have pulled out some beasts - you won't get a high volume of fish as they become very inactive - you'll have to fish quite slowly with jigs and soft plastics generally

Spring (Part 1) - Pre-Spawn - the water starts to warm and the bass slowly start to move closer to the shallows and "stage". Basically this is when they will be hanging out at spots that are the first or second structural change in the dam bottom like a drop or a hump etc. Basically this is because they are interested in coming up to the shallow planes with more rocky bottoms to spawn. There are a lot of bass in a dam and not really too much space for this too happen so you can even apply this theory throughout stage 2 as some bass will pull in a bit later than others.

Spring (Part 2) - Spawn - the fish lay eggs on the flats and the male spends most of his time protecting the eggs from other fish and predators wanting to eat them. For a lot of anglers this is the best time of year as they actively site fish to these fish which are generally very aggressive. Personally I prefer fishing to the staging females as they are bigger and I feel it's more sporting, but to each his own.

Spring (Part 3) - Post Spawn - I don't know a huge deal about this late spring season, but my understanding is that the fish are drained from spawning but at the same time need to eat and put on some wait (especially the males) so they tend to start forming small schools and if you can find them they will tend to cooperate.

I hope that helps - like I said I'm not an expert, but that's my understanding - there are guys on here that will know way more than me but I think those are the basics.

Let me know if anything above doesn't make sense - some of the jargon I may have used can get confusing

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 Posted: Mon Oct 24th, 2016 10:34 pm
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good info FatRap
Ross, you are one of those lucky dudes that stay in a area where bass bite well all year round. only major drop in temps, bad cold fronts will bassing be a bit difficult. besides the well big dams there loads of small dams, mainly farm dams that hold a good number and good size bass. i read you have a boat and consider something like a kickboat or a pontoon to fish these smaller ponds.
on baits, usually a reaction bite as most kzn bassers love cranks and spinners. add a few packs of soft baits like flukes (my favourite) to start with. flukes is a very versatile bait, can be fished fast and slow, shallow and deep and suits most rigs like texas, mojo, carolina, weightless, pitched and drop shot. another good bait would be the football jig and finesse jig fitted with a matching trailor. i think start with a few baits then as you gain confidence then move onto other baits. chat to your local takle shop for venues and best colour bait to suit that dam but dont let them talk you into buying a trolley of goodies.

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