is probably the premier Southern Africa Bass water
within easy reach of South African Bassers.
There are two
lodges on the lake:
Hippo Valley, run by Justin and
Collette Booth, see:
Nyari Camp/ Lodge,
run by Hippo Valley
31 3360/1), which
currently (2011) seems to be the preferred
venue of most Bassers visiting
size of the lake is 975 HA, with a lot of
structure in the form of standing timber (trees).
Be prepared to do a lot of flipping and
average weight of Bass caught ranges from 2,5kg -
3kg. Many 4kg - 5kg Bass have been caught. A Bass
of A 6,2kg (13.64lb)
Bass was taken during the SA /Zimbabwe International
tournament in November 2000. The current lake
record to date (2007) is apparently a
whopping 7,9kg (17.38lb)! Lionel
Botha landed one of 6,5kg (14.3lb)
in the third week of September 2007 and
Justin Booth got one of 5,2kg (11.44lb)
on 23 July 2006.
Booth with the current 6,65kg (14.625lb)
Mteri Lake Record Bass taken
on 23 July 2006 on a Zoom Horny Toad.
Shane Warth with
a 4,64kg (10.21lb) Bass taken at Mteri on a
Texas-rigged Zoom BrushHog.
I display a typical Mteri Bass of 3,4kg
(7.48lb) taken on 6 June 2002. The lure: a 10”
black Berkley PowerWorm.
The technique: Flipping standing
displays a 5,1kg (11.22lb) beauty taken on 30
July 2003 at Lake Mteri,
Zimbabwe. The lure? A Junebug Senko.
Welman with a 4,4kg (9.68lb) Mteri,
Zimbabwe, Bass taken on 29 July 2003
on a Carolina Mojo-rigged
in shallow water on the grass bank edge.
Eddie Welman with a 4,2kg (9.24lb) Mteri,
Zimbabwe, Bass taken in July/August 2003.
Mteri gives up a 10-Pounder for me!
A beaut of 4,6kg
(10.12lb) taken on 2 August 2006. The lure
was a chartreuse and white spinnerbait dressed
with a black trailer and a No. 6 gold
Hildebrandt willowleaf blade cast to a swirl
near a stump surrounded by vegetation.
Thank you, LORD!
Another view of my Mteri Bass.
I had a great trip with Eddie
and Greg Welman from
Welman Bass Fishing Guide
Service. Thanks for the pics, Greg!
less than 5 species of Bream are also present in
the Lake: Nembwe (robustus), Blue Kurper,
Redbreast Kurper, 3-spot Kurper and Nile Kurper
(niloticus). Catfish (barbel) are also
with a brace of Mteri Bream
(robustus) taken on