Largemouth bass; Micropterus slamoides
Largemouth or black bass were introduced into Southern Africa in 1928 from the Netherlands. They are native to the Americas, but introduced world over as an angling and food species. Subsequent introductions of other strains of bass have been done as recently as 1988, when the Florida strain was introduced into waters in KwaZulu Natal.
This fish is predominantly a fish eater and has a ferocious appetite. In waters where bass have been introduced, a marked decline in other fish species diversity is seen in a very short time span. In an ongoing study on the stomach contents of caught bass, we have found the following:
These are indigenous species with definite ecological niches that helps maintains the river ecosystem. As with all ecological systems, even one local extinction will have a severe impact on the system.
Fortunately, bass is a good angling fish that will attack almost any artificial lure with vengeance. It does make them popular amongst anglers worldwide, and big bass fishing tournaments are held in the Mokolo dam every year.
On Kaingo private game reserve we pride ourselves on our conservation ethic. Alien plants, trees and fish are just not welcome. On our angling expeditions, accurate records are held on every fish caught, including overall measurements, weight, and even what they have eaten.
These fish are then eaten by the grateful hosts and staff at the lodge. Filleted and deep-fried with a batter, oven baked or even done over the coals with a bit of lemon and garlic, the bass is fit for a king!
See you on the river for a fishing session...
And a bass nugget or two afterwards at the bar!
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