Venom Lures still log leaders after fifth round

Hooked Again's Matthew Douglas and Tjaart Kruger (third), Alligators' Morné Strauss (second) and Osprey's William Myers and Jannie Stander (first).

Anglers all over the Lowveld and from neighbouring regions could not hold back their excitement as the LBT converged on Driekoppies Dam.

Fish were caught with a variety of plastics with the famous Zoom Super Fluke probably the go-to bait for most anglers. Other finesse techniques such as weightless presentations also ensured anglers got a limit of bass in the boat.

On the day, 26 (74,29 per cent) teams managed to catch a limit of bass and only five (14,29 per cent) teams blanked on the day.

Comparing this to the event that took place in July 2016 where only 15 (45,45 per cent) teams produced a limit of bass and only two (6,06 per cent) teams failed to catch a bass.

A total of 140 fish were caught with an average weight of 0,635 kilograms.

The team of the day, Osprey’s William Myers and Jannie Stander spent their entire day targeting hibernating fish in 20 feet of water putting together a solid bag of 6,61 kilograms.

Where fish were mostly reluctant to feed they found success in triggering reaction strikes using Bill Norman NXS crankbaits in predominantly white colours. This pattern consistently delivered good quality fish all above the 1,2 kilogram mark. Slower moving baits such as a chatter bait also delivered better quality fish.

Alligators’ Morné Strauss and Nico Combrink (second overall) focused on trees in 15 to 18 feet water deploying a lightly weighted texas rigged Zoom Super Fluke in Watermelon gold flake.

They discovered better results while concentrating on submerged trees not visible to passing anglers as these trees were less pressured during pre-fishing and fishing on the day.

The biggest fish of the day was weighed in by Morné Strauss of team Alligators. A decent fish of 1,745 kilograms also getting snagged on the texas rigged Zoom Super Fluke.

Third-placed team Hooked again of Tjaart Kruger and Matthew Douglas put their five fish limit of 5,095 kilograms together in the river inlet of the dam, getting fish to bite on a variety of soft plastics including Zoom Flukes, Dead Ringers and Speed Craws.

Morne Strauss.

The next round of the LBT will be held at De Hoop Dam on July 8.

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