THE EBASS TRIAL – Roodekoppies Dam 2017

Recent sewerage spills into Bronkhorstspriut Dam forced the Ebass committee to swop and move the Roodekoppies Dam event (originally scheduled for October) forward to the 05 August.

This proved to be a good move – the relatively mild winter experienced by the northern provinces this year, pushed many dams into an earlier than usual spawning season and Roodekoopies was no exception.

Although not in a full spawning phase competitors found sizable shallow females very close to spawning, which resulted in and produced some great bags for the event.



The total prize money on offer for the event was once again a healthy R 15 500, with a number of day visitors also competing for these rewards.



Shallow flats before and around the dam wall area produced the majority of the top 5 bags. Most fish where caught just outside the snotterbelle weed line, in 4’-8’ of water, or in shallower pockets within the snotterbelle patches.

The first 3 hours of the event proved to be the most productive time for most competitors, during which time the biggest fish where landed and also a number of brake-offs by big mamas, being reported by some of the competitors.

Pitching plastics as close as possible to the snotterbelle weed edge and then working the bait back very slowly produced the winning bag. Bites where mostly no-aggressive without the normal tap/tap type of bites – lines just went heavy and anglers where on!

The wind starting picking up at about noon, resulting in water hyacinths be blown into prime fishing areas and slowing down the fishing a bit.



Congratulations to the following top 5 competitors, for weighing some great and exceptionally close bags:

  1. Crackleback 2                         Peter Quadling          Dean Barker            9.01KG
  2. Greenfish VC                           Allan Baker               Louis Barbosa         8.83KG
  3. Bass Reapers                          Wiehann Raith         Berto Meyer             8.40KG
  4. Merc Carriers                          Leon Potgieter          Willem Lubbinge   8.36KG
  5. Bru Force / Hatfield VW        Craig Ninaber           Neels Botha              8.20KG

Biggest fish:

Greenfish VC                                     Allan Baker                        Louis Barbosa                                    2.99KG



The Ebass committee would once again like to extend a big thank you the following sponsors – without their fantastic support this great tournament trail would not be possible: F1 Grand Prix Tours, Viper Doors, Bark Unlimited, The Gearbox Company, Escape Boating, Hooked on Bass, Climbing Kilimanjaro and Netspace Internet Solutions.

Please support these sponsors to show that we do indeed appreciate their efforts.



The next EBASS event will take place at Loskop Dam on the 02 Sep 2017 and it promises to be a massive in terms of a big fish event – so make sure you do not miss this one!

EBASS will once again accept day entries at R 600 per team. Please complete the day entry form on our website ( or contact the EBASS committee (082 579 0792) for further event details.



Ebass competitors competed for top honours at Roodekoppies dam this past Saturday.

The presence of early spawners made the fishing hard work but exciting and produced some healthy bags – watch this space for a full report, results and more pics!

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