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Howsit guys...hope everyone keeping well..
My question today is how to catch those big boys or girls from the bank..I don't have a boat although I would love to own one...if i did id be fishing every comp and event I could get my hands on...but alas that is not the case hahaha. ..

Ok so I've been at it all seasons all times of day with all types of lures but I can't seem to snag myself a decent monster to call my new PB ...

There are 2 dams and 1 pond like river that I usually go fish but in the past 2 years the best I've got was 650g on a plastic frog last Jan off a deep rise ridge into shallow water

Now I know all the spots to look and what to look for..I'm aware of structure layouts and depths but geeez statistically by now I should have caught something bigger haha..

I check the ous on the site posting their lekker big catches and I'm like what am I doing wrong or not doing at all...

There areas I fish have dropped in water levels drastically and one would think the bass would be all closer together haha...

I must admit I don't often use crank baits and deep diving lures so could this possibly be why I'm not striking the big guys..I know they lazy but how more slower or faster must I reel in...

Anyways all the watering holes I fish have the same kind of structure layouts..e.g. dead trees,lillies,deep water,shallow water,rocky bottoms,Sandy bottoms you get the picture..

My question to the expierenced big catchers is which is the best lure and best place along with best time and weather conditions...

Or is it all just part knowledge part lady luck?

Awesome chaps ..thanks as always..look forward to some advice..only way to learn..
I think if we crack the answer to your questions, then we can change the name to catching and not fishing.

But for me, I downsize in bait and go slower. i.e: thinner profile, smaller in length - so from a regular fluke to a jnr fluke as an example.
Colour to me is everything, so choosing this compared to water and floor colour is key.
Times of the day? I prefer late afternoons for the bigger buggers. But early morning is always a winner.
Weather is also important, and pre-frontal is normally best, or when its raining.

Tell me, do you have lots of bait fish in your ponds? I'd rather mimic this before posting a plastic frog to the waters. If no bait fish, try figure out what the local food supply is for the chaps in the water. It might be crabs, worms, birds, insects or whatever. Try match this and down size it to a slow mojo on light tackle - this normally works best for me.
Howzit earlyworm

Both these fish are from the bank.



JFZ has covered most of it and the earlyworm really does catch the fish.

I am not a big fan of cranks from the bank as the chance of loosing them is just so high.
I like big green senkos of or mag U vibes but often it a case of go small to catch big.
When I was a bank basher I used to work an area for a lot longer than I did from a boat and slower.

Work the area for an hour then move off and come back to it. You have to have faith in a the spot you working.
I agree with the above statements. Bank fishing can be a bit more challenging than fishing off a boat, and a lot less expensive  Tongue . Catching big fish for me has been more a right time right place type of deal, more so than a specific lure. Your low light hours are key and spring is also a huge advantage when you have the bigger fish coming in shallow to spawn. 

Also remember not every body of water have these giants... Einkenhof for example is known for hosting small fish. Theewaters known for big largies or Clanwilliam known as one of the best smallmouth fisheries in SA.

I have a boat and fish competitively and here are some of my experiences, 

Fished Theewaters numerous times and never caught a bass there bigger than 2kg. Fished Clanwilliam more than i can count and only have 1x 2kg smallie to my name. I have in my 4 years of competitive angling only caught 2x bass larger than 3kg and they came out of a well stocked venue. 

don't get discouraged, if you caught a big fish every cast it wouldn't be that special. 

PS. invest in a kickboat, it will open a whole new world for you. (not sure where you are from but i have a floattube you can borrow if you want to test it out before you invest)
Shot ous....thanks for the responses and advice...look either way il always be a bass fisherman...even if it's 100g dinks everytime hahaha...
I was just wondering if i could improve my catches by trying new approaches or techniques...

In the biggest dam I fish,just about 40km outside PE there are hundreds of fry swimming around and supposably some kurper which I've never seen to be honest..

All the watering holes actually are quite close to my farm outside PE all with similar vegetation and bank setups..
There are tons of dragon fly,bumble bee,frogs,grasshoppers and crabs...

Im heading out this morning to the pond/river area and the weather's pretty overcast with light drizzle...
Gonna try a few aporoaches from the advice you guys have given me so far..

Really appreciate it..thanks guys..
May the fish be with you hahaha..
There used to be a chap on the site called Coop or Cooper who was also from PE. I think his real name is Jacques Cooper - look him up on Facebook. Perhaps he can put you onto some big fish.

If all else fails hook a paddle tail and go catch some giant Kob and Grunter in the Swartkops Smile

Howsit guys...thanks again for world records but using the tips recieved especially reading water colour and fishing lures accordingly really helped..
Landed this 450g fish yesterday morning..

Have a great weekend guys