Inanda Bashing

Inanda Bashing

Nick Fly Fishing For Bass

Since Nick was working on Sunday we decided to have a fish on Saturday morning. Rather than head to the berg we tried something new and headed down to Inanda dam to try and bash some bass. Nick picked me up at 7am which was a nice change from the normal 5am. In retrospect however this may have been a little late as the temperature in the valley climbed to a sweltering 38 degrees.

We pumped up the tubes and were in the water by 8am. Nick quickly got into his first fish of the day, a small Smallmouth Bass taken on a flipper. I had started with an intermediate line and after Nick missed a few more takes I opted to switch to a small popper. Almost instantly I had a few takes on the surface but missed them all. It seemed like the fish were all relatively small and that the flies were perhaps a little large. I tried clipping off the weed guards hoping to not miss more takes but it didn’t seem to help. Eventually I switched back to smaller wet flies and managed to pick up 4 small bass from along the weed beds and reeds.

When our tubes looked about ready to explode we headed back to the car, let down the tubes and wallowed in the warm water.

At about 11am we headed out of the valley stopping off at Jillis Sports Bar (a shabeen in the valley overlooking Inanda) for a couple of quarts. There’s nothing quite like sitting on a rusting, scrap metal deck, downing a quart which cost R8 and enjoying the views of Inanda.

From the shabeen I headed home for a quick lunch and then on to the squash club to make up a missed league match. Thankfully, despite the beer, I managed to sneak in a 3-2 win over Gus on a very hot court (quart?).