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SA BASS, which is editorially and financially independent, is a monthly magazine catering exclusively for the bass angling community in Southern Africa. It is designed as a specialist bass fishing publication and has catered for a well-defined niche market since April 2001. It enjoys the support and endorsement of non-government organisations, but is not affiliated in any way to these bodies or to any other publishing, environmental or political interest group. SA Bass is a specialist publication, providing authoritative editorial exclusively on bass angling and related subjects such as boats, conservation and outdoor recreation vehicles. Articles are compiled by its own staff backed by a team of experienced bass anglers appointed as SA Bass Field Representatives throughout the country and overseas. Our mission is to promote bass angling as a socially acceptable and popular outdoor recreational activity, and in addition, to encourage acceptable angling ethics. As such, SA BASS provides pertinent information on a wide range of subjects. These include providing a platform for informed debate on issues affecting the sport of bass angling, providing information on bass angling strategies and techniques, bass angling waters and opportunities, and also creating awareness of new products. Within this editorial mix, due consideration is given to developing the sport among all the country's people (including the youth), and to the practical conservation of the country's natural resources. SA Bass is a key role player on behalf of bass anglers and the bass industry in negotiations with the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism regarding regulations of the Biodiversity Act that regulate the presence of Bass in the country. SA Bass is the official organiser and presenter of a monthly bass angling tournament, known as the “Cast-for-Cash” Tournament Trail that provides an opportunity for recreational as well as experienced, top-level bass anglers to compete for prize money and trophies. To maintain and enhance the value of the publication, SA Bass presents its readers with regular reader competitions with prizes provided by many sponsors and advertisers. SA BASS is distributed country-wide to outlets, not only in South Africa, but also in Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. Copyright is expressly reserved and nothing may be reproduced in part or whole without the permission of the publisher. Website: www.sabass.com.
SA BASS has been the leading bass magazine since 2001 for everyone who loves bass fishing. In this issue we focus on catching autumn bass. On the cover: “FLW South Africa Champion – Michael Matthee” Image: Valerie Jacobs FEATURES: 1:1 On Gear Ratios I recently had a few older reels coming across my bench proudly labelled “High Speed5.1:1 Gear Ratio”- Dewald Viljoen Guardians of the Bass Universe What is there left to say about spawning season that has not been said before? Not very much I guess… - Kevin Lofstedt FLW South Africa Championship The very first official FLW South Africa Championship took place at the Vaal River, Vanderbijlpark where one hundred of the best local bass anglers competed to see who the very first FLW South Africa Champions would be. – Hannes Lindeque Bassin’- A Spectator Sport With the upgrades in technology over the past two decades in Southern Africa, we have seen leaps and bounds in progress towards greater media social interaction – John Badenhorst In spring 2017, I visited renowned U.S. smallmouth bass fishing expert David Swendseid in Central Oregon and we headed to the Columbia River. – Fishingboy and David Swendseid Columbia River Smallmouth Adventure (Part2) In spring 2017, I visited renowned U.S. smallmouth bass fishing expert David Swendseid in Central Oregon and we headed to the Columbia River. – Fishingboy and David Swendseid MORE FEATURES: Heerlike Lente, Die Winter Is Verby – Philip Kemp Waar Byt Die Vis? – Colin Willmer Dealing with Tough Scenarios – Divan Coetzee Lockjaw Bassing in Small Dams – Louis Bezuidenhout Out of Sight – Bennie Wiese DESTINATIONS Letsibogo Update 2017 A Day on the Lake with Michael Cronjé – Roger Donaldson Bass Lake Lodge MOTORING NEWS VW Amarok V6 TDi ADVERTORIALS Damiki Soft Plastic Lures REGULAR FEATURES Letter to the Editor Letter from the Editor Readers-go-Bassing Gear Up To learn more about the art of bass fishing, read SA BASS...