Back on Inanda after a while

2011-03-17 03:03:25
Inanda Dam, KwaZulu-Natal - Freshwater Fishing Report
Mike Laubscher

<p>We fished for 2 days at Inanda Dam, and this is the first time in almost a year that I have fished here with a client and almost forgot how much I enjoy my Bass fishing.

It was nice to be back in surroundings that are so familiar after a long period of absence, but the conditions were far from ideal with it being extremely hot and the water surface temperatures at 29.8 deg. C and I could see on my sonar that this warm water was is the 1st 4 meters before it started cooling and telling us that we would have to fish deep and slow.

On both mornings we first tried some top water and were each rewarded with a fish and then it would go quiet and we went looking for some deep off-shore structure.

On the first day we eventually managed 11 fish all small with only 3 being keepers. We tried jigs but the Bass would simply pick them up and move them around, with 7 inch finesse worms fished on long drop shot rigs with circle hooks producing most of our fish.

After fishing the inlet side of the dam on day one, we tried the lower section on day 2 and the water here was cleaner and averaged around 29 deg. C, after our 2 topwater fish we tried drop shot which was not as successful as the day before and eventually we had success fishing spinner baits off the grass landing 9 fish for the day of which again only 3 were keepers. I also tried a lipless crank which was taken by a Bass smaller than the lure before I lost the lure to a tree.

So not the best fishing, but we did get some fish which were fun even though small.

Fish Species: Large Mouth Bass
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Small Inanda Bass
Small Inanda Bass

Another small Inanda bass
Another small Inanda bass

Mike Laubscher

About The Author: Mike Laubscher

Company: Blue Water Charters - Durban

Area Reporting: Durban. KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Bio: Have been fishing since the age of 7 with more than 30 years experience. Fish in both Saltwater & Freshwater Disciplines. Fly Fishing Specialist, Artificial Lure Specialist, Light Tackle Specialist. Love Fishing, completely addicted to fishing.

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