2016 Season


The 2016 EBASS final took place at De Hoop dam over two days (04 & 05 November 2016).

The event fishing hours were extended from 06h00 – 16h30 to give competitors the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic bass fishery to its fullest.

The early post spawn conditions made fishing definitely not a walk in the park, but perseverance, skills and experience was rewarded with some huge bags.

Fishing for Saturday afternoon was severely hampered by a massive thunder storm which hit the dam around 14h00, making conditions rather nasty.

With a few exceptions, to find the bass was a bit of a hit and run affair. To be successful anglers had to find the baitfish first and then apply their knowledge and experience to figure out how the bass will relate to baitfish. For these Bass Masters the rewards were massive and the top five ending up with combined 2 day bags between 17 and 21kgs.

After two long days of fishing it was Shandon Hawman and Izak de Beer of Team Mercury Quantum who turned out victorious with a stunning combined bag weight of 21,12kgs. The winning team was followed in to second place by Darren van Heerden and Danie Cotzee of team Body Glove/ Camjor with 18, 86 kgs and Hennie Schoeman and Ruan Wahl from Cube Design Innovations with 17,35kgs.

The prestigious Team of the Year award was once again scooped up by Team Mercury Qantum and Shandon and Izak winning a once in a lifetime Formula1 Grand Prix Tour to Spain next year

The successful 2016 EBASS series was closed off at Thandabantu River Lodge with an exciting prize giving and sumptuous spitbraai.









Witbank Dam turn out to be a difficult day for most competitors. The day started out with very cold conditions, but turned into a surprisingly pleasant sunny afternoon.

Fishing was extremely difficult and the event produced a winning bag of only 1,9kg – a record low winning bag weight in the history of the EBASS series.

The majority of competitors did not manage to land any keeper fish. The bite started of very slowly, but seemed to improve just before cut-off time and a shallow grass pattern proved to be

the best producer of the day. The top 5 places for this difficult but enjoyable event was:

1 – Team  Merc Carriers – Leon Potgieter and Willem Lubbinge

2 – Team Big Bite – Roy Law  and Sean Riley

3 – Team Tribal Boats – Jacques Schoeman and Corne Schoeman

4 – Team Bru Force – Craig Ninaber and Neels Botha

5 – Team Climbing Kilimanjaro – Marco van Veelen and Ralph Connell


August 05, 2016

Hi Ebassers

Final arrangements for our Witbank Dam event:

Gates are open 24 hours – your access code will be send by sms directly by the Bankenveld Estate security company today

Captains meeting at 06h40

Launch fee R 150 – please pay Nikki when he does your live well check

Should you encounter any problems you may contact Charlotte the Yacht Club manager at 08three550775nine

Tight lines and good luck

July 26, 2016

Morning guys

We will launch from the Witbank Yacht Club on the 06 Aug 2016.

Launching fees will be R 150 per boat if we are 20 boats or less or R 100 if we are more than twenty boats, payable in cash at the venue.

NB! E-Mail (info@ebass.co.za), Whatsapp or Sms (0825790792) the following details in order to secure a gate access code, once received you will receive a code sms from Charlotte the Yacht Club manager:


Cell no:

Vehicle registration:

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you received a gate access code before the comp date – no access code no entry.

You may also use the yacht club for pre-fishing subject to payment of the entrance fee and an access code being secured



Hi Ebassers

Unfortunately Bronkies as voted for as our Aug (Arabie) replacement venue will clash with a Southern Division junior divisional event.

The committee has therefore decided to move the event to Witbank Dam (our back-up venue for the event).


Hi Ebassers

We have received numerous concerns regarding our scheduled Vaal Dam event.
We have therefore decided to present participants with 4 possible alternative options, to vote for.

Please login to your anglers profile page and vote for one of these alternative venues.
The event attracting the highest number of votes will replace Vaal Dam.

Please note – voting closes at midnight Thursday 12 May 2016

A final venue has not be decided on by the committee and you will be updated in due course.

Hi everyone!

The new season is upon us and the venues are up for you to check. The 2016 winners will receive a brand new Bass Boat sponsored by Tribal Bass boats. Thank you Tribal!!

Please read the rules and enter online!! We will only be accepting 60 entries. R6100-00 for the whole season!!


De Hoop bass event

Hi Guys

Final arrangements for the De Hoop EBASS event this weekend are as follows:


The Weigh Station will be setup at Launch Area 2 as indicated on the access map attached – you are however welcome to launch

from Launch Area 1 and just cross the small bay to get to the Weigh Station (Launch Area 2).

Should you launch from across the bay – please ensure that you find Nikki van Veelen for a live well check!!


Captains meeting is scheduled for 06h30 next to the weigh station.


Food arrangements at Thandabantu Lodge:

If you are booked in at Thandabantu lodge – the Friday night bring and braai has been cancelled – Awie will have a selected EBASS menu available for both

Friday and Saturday dinners consisting of a choice between 2 starters, 5 main dishes and desert to choose from. (Please note dinner and drinks

are not included in your accommodation package and is an additional charge).


Included in the accommodation however, is a brunch pack for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday (alternatively a brunch pack).

Please arrange a pickup time for your brunch packs with Awie the previous night.


Ice will also be available from Awie by prior arrangement and at an additional charge.

Good luck and tight lines!!

Your EBASS committee



Starting order for EBASS De Hoop Dam


 Pos                         Team name                                        Skipper                                                Co-Angular

1              #30 Mercury Quantum                                 Shandon Hawman                                   Izak de Beer

2              #01 Afri Storage/Strike King                       Michael Matthee                                      Glen Naude

3              #04 Bark Unlimited Organics                     Jan Lubbinge                                            Christie Lubbinge

4              #05 Cube Design Innovations                     Hennie Schoeman                                   Ruan Wahl

5              #28 F1 Grand Prix Tours 2                           Ben Alborough                                        Adriana Alborough

6              #13 Espag Auto                                               Pieter Espag                                            Tinus Barnard

7              #21 Imperial Electrical                                  Doug Kennedy                                        Dudley Fourie

8              #22 Climbing Kilimanjaro                            Marco v Veelen                                      Ralph Connell

9              #19 Bru Force                                                  Craig Ninaber                                         Neels Botha

10            #03 Merc Carriers                                           Leon Potgieter                                       Willem Lubbinge

11             #06 Crackleback                                              Neil Barker                                             …

12            #08 Big Bite                                                      Roy Law                                                  Sean Riley

13            #16 X Factor Fishing                                       Jahnrich Venter                                    Tobie Uys

14            #15 F1 Grand Prix Tours                                Johan v Veelen                                      Niki v Veelen

15            #26 Hooked on Bass                                       Steven Gebhardt                                   Cornelis Muller

16            #23 No-Break                                                   Piet Hattingh                                        Vernon Sheahan

17            #24 Outdoor Pro Shop                                    Andre Henn                                          Carolien v Rooijen

18            #17 Froggin Hogs                                             Graham de Wavrin                             Marc Schmidt

19            #11 Venom Lures                                              Derrick Peterson                                 Justin Pontus

20           #02 Body Glove 1Camjor                                Darren v Heerden                               Danie Coetzee

21            #27 Battlemax                                                   Jaco Buitendag                                    Alex Turpin

22           #25 Kwagga                                                        Paul de Beer                                        Willie Harmse

23           #14 Crackleback 2                                             Peter Quadling                                    Dean Barker

24           #12 Cazmick                                                       Mike Adshead                                     Carole Adshead

25           #07 Tribal 1                                                        Bruce Engelbrecht                             Jacques Schoeman

26           #10 MRMS                                                         Frik Steyn                                            Jako Steyn

27           #18 Midas                                                           Rowan Shrives                                    …


Captains meeting at 06:30 am

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