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Why this site?
Bass fishing, and especially tournament or
competition bass fishing, has grown over the the past
few years in South Africa.
While this is all great if you are inclined to fishing
competitively, it is evident that the trophy Bass
angler, the specimen hunter, the casual Basser, the
"loner" and the angler who would rather worship God on
Sundays (when most tournaments unfortunately seem to be
scheduled) than participate in a fishing tournament, are
not specifically being catered for. Some very proficient
Bassers who love the sport have also grown tired of the
"politics" and pettiness sometimes found in competitive
Bassing circles ...
This site will therefore be geared to augment the Bass
fishing experience of this more loosely-knit group
(probably the silent majority) of non-competitive
Bassers, although the tournament anglers or "Bassmasters"
would presumably find many points of interest on this
Contrary to recent developments in respect of SA-based
fishing-related sites, this site will remain a free site
with all info accessible to anyone who visits the site.
For an excellent article on
Tournament Bass Fishing v Trophy Bass Fishing,
by "Fish Chris" Wolfgram,
click on the link.
"Fish Chris" has a great site
- I visit it almost as often as I check my e-mail! You
can see photos of more 10lb plus Bass here than anywhere
else on the web and learn a lot in the process.
Bass anglers in the USA have a wealth of great sites to
choose from. Sadly, there are few South African websites
dedicated to Bass fishing. These are some that have some Bass fishing info:
the official website of the South African Bass
Chapter Federation is probably the best of
the bunch in SA at the moment, but mainly competition
oriented. This site will update you on tournament info
and results and, in addition, has details of Bass
clubs all over the country if you are interested in
competition or tournament angling or want to contact
or join a Bass club.
The SA BASS Magazine
South African Angling Community
caters for fishing generally, but
it has a Bass fishing section too - well worth a
... a great new site catering to the passionate
Although the website and its excellent Bassing
Forum are focused on
Bass waters, there members from around the globe.
Go Bass Fishing in Africa!
ALL links are operational ...
Please click and check each link in the column on
the left of the page!
New information will be posted as it comes in and as
time allows. Hey, not all of us can be professional Bass
fishermen or webmasters! Tell us what you would like to
see on the site ...
It would be nice to know who is visiting ... and what
you think of the site!
section also includes links to Bass Fishing
Guide Services operating in Southern
Africa. Obviously this Fishing Spots
section will take a lot of time and effort to "grow" and
will probably never be totally complete. What this
section ultimately looks like will, of course, be
dependent upon appropriate responses from Bassers in the
various areas. So, please send in that info about
your favourite Bass Fishing Spots!
A new venue at Lake Manyame
addition to the
Spots section is a list of Top Trophy Bass
Waters in South Africa – scroll right down to
the bottom of that page to check it out.
Photos and articles
See photos of Bass not only from Southern Africa, but also Bass photos from
the USA, Mexico and
Japan in the
Anyone can send in photos and
articles for possible posting on this site. As
this is a site focusing on trophy Bass,
let's concentrate on Big Bass! I'm not
going to place a formal cut-off (yet!) on the size of
Bass to be featured on this site, but please don't send
in photos of Bass under 3kg unless the circumstances
surrounding the capture of the fish were unusual or
noteworthy or the lure or bait used was something out of
Notice that I do not mind if you catch your bass on
natural baits or artificial lures as long as you release
your catch, except perhaps for what you would consider
to be your trophy of a lifetime and some smaller Bass
under 2kg as part of a proper management programme in
waters overpopulated with small or stunted Bass.
To check out the
webmaster's Personal Best Bass, go
Catch and Release
practise "Catch and Release" with the Bass you
are privileged to catch! Read these great articles:
Don't "needle" Deep Caught Bass in an attempt to deflate
their swim bladders - there's a better way!
here to find out.
you want to check out a great "Catch and Release"
sequence pic (Rob
"Swimbait" Belloni releasing a
Bass lures in the world?
Click on the
pic to find out more.
Click on the
pic to find out more.
You just have to see these
on the pic and then
on the Butch Brown links)
of big Bass taken on the
To read about the
history of this lure, click on the link.
The previous Japanese Record Bass!
Click on the
pic to find out what lure and technique
accounted for this monster Bass!
Another Biggie from Japan!
The pic is courtesy of "Capt"
This monster of 18.66lb
(8.48kg) was caught at Lake Biwa, Japan, on 6 April 2008
he holder of the current
Japanese Record Bass and joint World Record Bass, Manabu Kurita.
Check out that girth in
relation to the length! So now you know why you just
cannot trust those popular length/weight tables,
especially when it comes to big Bass!
A big Bass from Mexico!
This magnificent 18.3lb
Bass was caught by Mike Hutcherson of
Plainview, Texas, while fishing Lake Baccarac in Mexico
on the afternoon of 13 February 2005. The Bass
took an 8" watermelon Lizard in 14ft of water.
(a local guide and lodge owner) is holding this fish for
Click on the
for a link to Lake Baccarac where the lake record Bass
Big Bass catches from the USA!
Inspiring Bass catches from the USA, the
original home of the Bass
The now famous Butch
Brown with possibly the biggest Bass taken
with the whole fight
captured on video!
Butch caught this
19.3lb beauty early in 2008 (at Castaic Lagoon,
California) on a Huddleston Deluxe Trout.
www.huddlestondeluxe.com to see a video clip of
Butch nearly loses
the big Bass right at the net - you just have to see the
Long with a PIG of 19.02lb caught on 23 April
2005 at Lake Mission Viejo, California
on an 8"
Huddleston Deluxe Swimbait.
pic to read the whole story.
Using Swimbaits and
Jigs are great Big Bass techniques which have
paid off for Mike in the past.
Belloni with a beaut of 14.2lb recently
caught somewhere in California
on a 5"
Big Hammer Swimbait.
pic to visit
Rob's excellent website.
hope for flyfishers!
Shelby got this beauty of 17.15lb on a fly
(!!!) in the California Delta on 2 March 2005 while
targeting Striped Bass.
pic for the full story.
Jed Dickerson of Carlsbad (Carlsbad
Bassers seem to be exceptionally blessed - see pic
directly below!) pulled this absolute dream Bass from
Lake Dixon in Southern California - the weight, an
amazing 21.7lb! This monster was taken on
the morning of 2 June 2003. Dickerson, a
30-year-old fanatical big-bass fisherman, caught and
released this Bass, the fourth-heaviest on record in the
world, the third-largest in the State of California and
the heaviest ever in San Diego County's rich
bass-fishing history. "Way to go, Jed!". The lure
was apparently a
Swimbait! Click on the pic above to
find out more - this Bass could have been caught before
in 2001 by Mike Long! An amazing example of "Catch
and Release" working! Also click
Weakley of Carlsbad landed of one of the largest
bass ever caught in Southern California, a huge
19.7lb beauty taken on 20 May 2003 from Lake Dixon.
The lure: an 8"
Swimbait! To find out more about this lure,
phenomenal! "Fish Chris" Wolfgram
does it yet again! His most recent personal best of -
wait for it - 18.4lb! Click on the pic to
read about this most amazing catch taken on 10 April
2003 at Rancho Seco, California, USA. By the way, this
Bass is the new Rancho Seco lake record! Congrats,
now you most probably want to know what lure this
monster was caught on ... Click
here to find out! It is a relatively new (and rather
“Fish Chris” Wolfgram with a massive
16.5lb San Pablo Dam, California, monster taken on
14 November 2002 on the now famous Castaic
Trout. This guy catches more trophy Bass on a consistent basis
than any other angler I know of! Click on the pic
to read the whole story about this awesome catch. Click
here to read how "Fish Chris"
fishes the Castaic Trout.
“Fish Chris” of
just keeps reeling them in!
Here's a a 17.1lber
taken (and released, of course!) somewhere in
California, during the March/ April 2008 pre-spawn.
The lure used was the new
6" model Huddleston Trout (www.huddlestondeluxe.com).
A Double Digit Double!
Vella and fishing buddy Dave were fishing at
Casitas (California, USA) in 2007 when Dave
got this "double digit double" on a 10 inch
As "Capt" Greg
says: "Lipping one double digit
is not a problem, but two is tricky ...".
Big Bass catches from Southern Africa!
Some years ago I said: "With Florida strain Bass becoming more widespread,
chances are good that something major will happen in the
next few years."
The big Bass photos from the USA shown above are the
result of the stocking of Florida strain Bass into
California waters in the 1960's and 1970's! Before that
California had only some northern strain Bass and
catches were nothing to get too excited about. Really
big Bass started appearing regularly in California only about
10 - 12 years after the introduction of the Florida
And happen it certainly did!
Since 2004, good catches (indicating the increased presence of
Florida strain genes) were reported all over SA recently.
to find out where to get Florida strain fingerlings in
SA. Please do your part to contribute to spreading
Florida strain genes in SA to ensure bigger and better
Bass in our country!)
If you ever wondered
how the Florida strain Bass ended up in Africa, click
For starters, a 18lb4oz
(8.3kg) Bass was
taken in Zimbabwe on 25 July 2004! This is the new
Zimbabwe record Bass
(but the sad thing about this great catch is that
it is obvious that the Bass was not released!).
caught this 8.3kg (18.26lb) Bass on
25 July 2004
("pre-spawn" season in
Southern Africa) on a Junebug
at Lake Manyame (Darwendale Dam)
Another report, however, states that the lure was a 6" Junebug
Maxwell, a 42-year old Harare
electrician, says that he has caught bigger Bass than
and it was only at the urging of Clive Harris
Master Angler Tackle Shop in Harare that he learned the
value of officially weighing trophy bass. Maxwell
reportedly explained he was fishing a lightly weighted
Senko on 25lb test line in 4 to 6 feet of water
using the "deadstick" method putting the worm on a
likely spot and leaving it ... and the rest is history!
A new venue at Lake
Hideaway Fishing Camp.
And here is the
new official South African Record Bass of
6.45kg (14.19lb) caught by August
Lignau in Bloemhoek Dam,
Free State Province in late spring 2012!
The lure was a KVD
Strike King Lipless Redeye Shad (Blue
Gizzard Shad colour).
that lipless crankbaits consistently deliver for him ...
The former official South African Record Bass of
6.29kg (13.84lb) was caught by Julian van
Zuydam in Midmar Dam,
KwaZulu-Natal on Friday 24 September 2004.
For the full story of this
great catch, click
It is rumoured that an
even larger Bass of around 7kg was taken in Midmar
shortly after the record catch. (Midmar has Florida
strain Bass, Northern strain, Spotted Bass and
It was also reported
that a brace of Bass, one over 6kg and the other of
7,5kg was taken earlier in 2004 in Florida Lake, Roodepoort,
South Africa, by a subsistence fisherman on livebait. Sadly these Bass were not released
and there are no photos to back up the report!
If you have pics of noteworthy big Bass catches,
me so I can put them up on the site for all to enjoy and
also to show USA Bassers visiting this site the size of
our Bass in Southern Africa!
WE have Big Bass too,
and here are some pics of recent catches to prove it!
Let's just remember to practice
Catch & Release
to ensure the survival of our Bass stocks!
Big Bass from an
undisclosed location in Southern Africa
Found this pic on the
The Bassing Guy
blogspot. A 7.8kg (17.16lb) Bass
caught around the end of
July or beginning of August 2012 somewhere in southern
by an unnamed angler!
Congrats - what an amazing catch!
Unfortunately no further
details are available ...
The pic is taken in such a
manner that it is just about impossible to guess where
the location is (KZN, Zimbabwe, Botswana?) -
I suppose we'll just have to
find the dude with the hairstyle to tell us!
Another Big Bass from
an undisclosed location in Southern Africa
This time we have a name!
The proud angler is Cris Berry and that
weighed in at 6.58kg
(14.48lb)! I have been asked not to reveal
so I will keep my word
... I suppose, it may be a little easier to guess where
the location is!
The Bass were thick here
in late winter and early spring of 2012, and
Cris's group had 3 other big ones on board
almost simultaneously! See pic below:
15.55lb and 13.33lb!
2 Big Bass a couple of
days apart for 1 blessed Basser!
is obviously one Happy Basser! This one weighed
and was taken on 28 August
2012 (we won't say where just yet ... but the pic has
been doing the rounds on other websites ...). Just a few
days prior to that, on 25 August 2012, he latched onto
this one of 6.06kg (13.33lb) at the same
take a while after this before you get your next PB!
Kwena Dam has big Bass,
sent me this pic of a beautiful Bass of 4,95kg (10.89lb),
at Kwena Dam, Mpumalanga
Province in late spring 2012.
The lure was a watermelon
red flake Fluke
and the Bass took in 4' -
6' of water about 20 paces from the side!
Earlier Catches ...
A big Bass from Midmar
from Westerns Bass Club, caught and released this
big momma Bass of 5.17kg (11.4lb)
at Midmar Dam, KwaZulu-Natal,
on Saturday 13 November
The lure was a Speed Worm moved extremely slowly along the bottom on 12lb
Thanks to Ada Evans for
sending in the pic.
One of the biggest Bass
officially caught in SA and definitely the biggest Bass
caught in SA by a lady!
fishing with her husband, Mike, boated a 6.5kg (14.3lb)
Bass at Nagle Dam, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday 4
Lure was a mojo-rigged lizard on a sloping
bank about 5m deep.
Great care was taken - and the Big
Momma was successfully released too!
Congrats to Colleen on the Bass of a lifetime!
Thanks to Grant Hewitt for the pic and
More from Nagle Dam,
Father and son team,
Ziggy and Andreas Ziemkendorf
5.22kg (11.48lb) beauty from Nagle Dam,
a homemade swimbait on Sunday, 11 October 2009.
with his 5.10kg (11.22lb) Bass taken
on the same day!
makes a habit of catching (and releasing) big Bass!
He got this one of
5.44kg (11.97lb) at Goedertrouw on 13
after persisting with
son of Barries Barnard (see pic
below), displays a Bass of 5,44kg (11.97lb)
taken at Midmar on 28 September 2008. Danie
and Barries were practising for an
upcoming competition at Midmar, KwaZulu-Natal, when
Danie latched onto this beauty at 07h25 in
14.5 degree C water. The Bass hit a mojo-rigged fluke (seems
to be a favourite set up for this father and son team!).
The fish and its weight was witnessed by three other
fellow club members.
seems delighted with his 6kg (13.20lb)
Bass taken at Goedertrouw on 20 August 2008.
Barries reports that this big momma bit a mojo-rigged
fluke in 4 - 5 ft of water (17.5 degrees) at 06h30 in
rainy weather on 20 September 2008. The weight was
checked on no less than three electronic scales and
displays a wide grin and a 6,16kg (13.55lb)
Bass taken at Goedertrouw, KwaZulu-Natal, on 9 August
displays a beauty of a Bass of 5,7kg (12.54lb)
taken one November at Albert Falls in KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa, on a slow-rolled spinnerbait.
Grant! I am waiting for that invitation
to fish with you sometime!"
proudly displays his
5,3kg (11.66lb) Bass taken
on 23 June 2008
in a dam near KaMhlushwa in
Mpumalanga, South Africa
on fly tackle!
used an olive minnow
fly to catch this
beauty. On the second cast of the day, about 10 - 15m
from the bank, in no more than 2 - 3 feet of clear water
it took the fly almost as it landed!! I felt from the
start that this was a big fish but when it cleared the
water the first time, my knees went weak and I started
shaking! After about 5 minutes of delightful tug-of-war
with some strong runs it was landed. What a day!!".
stuff, Danie! Just shows that
flyfishers can also bring in the big ones!"
One of my old fishing
buddies, Nicky Stapelberg, has at last
made it onto the website - thanks to Herman Nel
(above) who told me of his current whereabouts!
(and still is!) an artlure expert who now concentrates
on Bass fishing with his son.
This was Nicky's
first fish of the day during a club competition held
at Driekoppies Dam in the Lowveld on 12 April 2008. The
beautiful Bass, currently a personal best, took a white
Problade spinnerbait and weighed in at 4,95kg (10.89lb).
Mattlures appoints SA Agent
has just (November 2008) appointed a South
African Agent for Mattlures products!
So, Bassers, you will now
be able to get your Mattlures Swimbaits
(and the soon to be released Mattlures range
of Swimbait rods) locally!
here for more details.
Mattlures in SA.
Bass do have a place in South Africa!
We do need to protect and
conserve indigenous fish stocks and recognise that
certain river systems (mainly in the upper reaches of
those systems) are sensitive, but Largemouth Bass
(both the Northern and Florida strains)
and trout, which are now being branded as "undesirable
aliens" do have a legitimate place in many waters in
South Africa, especially dams and impoundments.
for more on this subject ...
don't yet know, South Africa has a few Bass Fishing Guide
and scroll right down on that page for more information
on guide services.
want to build a Dam or Pond suitable for Bass? Click
for a wealth of info and tips from Bob Lusk
of Pond Boss and Ray Scott
who started B.A.S.S in the USA.
want to do the job properly, you may need some outside
help! Contact these construction companies which have
experience in dam building and construction, but
make sure they will build in the features and structure
smaller dams or ponds, an earthmoving contractor would
do, but make sure he does not scoop and scour the
intended bottom of your dam or pond entirely clean
thereby removing all structure. Usually someone who does
not fish for Bass themselves cannot understand the
necessity of having "structure".
Once your Dam or Pond is
built, make sure you
stock and manage
it properly, first creating the appropriate
You may like to visit
SurfMaster, the website for
Saltwater Surfcasting with
a South African perspective.
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