Top Lowveld fishermen rigged for LBT final at Injaka Dam

Heaviest fish caught by Tjaart Kruger of 3,42 kilograms.

Some of the Lowveld’s top bass fishermen will soon head to Injaka Dam for the final round of the Lowveld Bass Trail (LBT).

More than 30 teams attended the penultimate round at Driekoppies Dam last Saturday. Expectations were high among the anglers, as Driekoppies has delivered monstrous five-fish limits in the last two LBT seasons. Although the fishing seemed tough for all the participating teams, the statistics show that Driekoppies has once again delivered some good-quality fish.

During the competition, the dam level was at 46,3 per cent. Twenty-eight teams found the limit of bass and not one team blanked. A total of 156 fish were weighed in with a total weight of 129,23 kilograms, delivering an average fish weight of 0,828 kilograms.

Living up to its reputation, Driekoppies Dam has also delivered the biggest fish and the heaviest five-fish limit of the 2017 LBT season. Most of the teams found success targeting shallow vegetation to quickly fill their limits before the battle to find larger fish commenced. Team Hooked Again, comprising Tjaart Kruger and Matthew Douglas, took top honours. They showed competing teams how it is supposed to be done by bagging a massive 10,14 kilogram limit, including the biggest and second biggest fish of the day.

They quickly filled out their limit and resorted to targeting main lake points with gravel, sand and rock on the bottom. They found fish in six- to eight-metre water and got bit on Watermelon Seed Flukes rigged weightless. Their bag included the heaviest bass of the day, a whopper at 3,42 kilograms, followed by their second biggest fish at 2,345 kilograms.

After a victory at De Hoop Dam, Team Venom Lures’ Frank and Ben Gottschalk put in another solid performance, finishing second on the day with a five-fish limit of 5,885 kilograms. They focused on submerged brush piles between the familiar Driekoppies trees in 3 to 6 metres of water. They covered this type of structure with Spinnerbaits, Flukes and Senkos, getting results on all of the lures.

Third-placed Team Alligators’ Morné Strauss and Shaun Frediksson caught all their fish in five- to eight-metre water with flukes and Salmo rattlin hornets. Venom Lures is sitting comfortably in the lead with 9,55 points. Team Alligators finished third and were in second place twice in the last three events. They have substantially gained ground, climbing from fourth to second on the log.

Hooked Again’s victory at Driekoppies has pole-vaulted them into 20th position – the cut-off number for teams going to the final.

Team YTEC have dropped out of the Super Final bracket, from fifth to eighth. Bent Rods have dropped into 27th from 17th by not finishing the Driekoppies event, and another solid performance from Bass Brothers saw them jumping five places into ninth position.

Top 10 from Driekoppies Dam

1. Hooked Again – 17,14 points

2. Team Venom Lures – 12,885

3. Alligators – 12,775

4. Sikani – 12,58

5. Fish Eagles – 11,45

6. Bass Savage – 11,32

7. Osprey – 11,305

8. Bass Brothers – 11,17

9. Angling & Outdoor World – 11,16

10. Hamparas – 10,965.

Also read: Inyaka Dam sees the largest tourney in SA

Carli Koch

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