The new fishing league is making waves


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Bass fishing competitions, usually characterized by exorbitant high-end equipment, prevented many talented Lowveld anglers from engaging in the sport.

But that has changed and fishermen who fish from float tubes, kick boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, inflatables and small bass boats, not exceeding 4.2m, can now compete socially in an environment without stress, thanks to the recent local introduction of South Africa’s fastest growing bass fishing league, the Small Craft Bass League Lowveld.

Biggest catch of the day from winner Johan Zaayman. > Photo: Johan Zaayman

Its aim is not only to enable anglers to compete with the essentials and without the hustle and bustle of traditional bass tournaments in South Africa, but to grow in the sport and enable them to earn their provincial and national colors in the process.

Fishermen brave the cold at the Longmere dam. > Photo: Ninette Roos

Last weekend marked the league’s first competition which saw around 15 fishermen braving the cold at Longmere Dam.

The rules were simple. With five fish being the limit, participants got into the water clear and early.

The goal? To catch as many fish as you can, but submit photos of the five longest fish to officials after the event.

The method used is RCP (capture, photo and release). The measurements are carried out using an official measuring trough.
With a total of 173.5 cm, Johan Zaayman won.

“I was surprised at the number of anglers who braved the cold. I felt proud to be a part of the Small Craft League, ”Zaayman said.

He started off with an olive-colored Rapala X Rap jerkbait, to cover as much water as possible, and this tactic has proven to be very effective. The five fish he caught were between 32 and 38 cm.

He won a R300 voucher sponsored by André Whitfield from Wittus Angling in White River, a R100 Mugg & Bean i’langa voucher sponsored by Herman Geldenhuys and R 900 in cash.

“I was grateful to have had such a blessed day on the water. I look forward to the next competition at the Da Gama Dam.

Herman Gouws caught the longest fish at 42.5cm, winning a material basket worth R1,500 sponsored by Etienne and Felicity Carey.

Paul van Wyk took second place, just 4cm behind Zaayman, at 169.5cm. He won an R250 Angling & Outdoor World voucher sponsored by Michael Cronje, and R600
in liquid.

With a total of 95.5cm, Roland Smart took third place and a good R250 Angling & Outdoor sponsored by Charl Carey, and R300 in cash.

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The best junior was Zack Roos, who won a basket sponsored by Mohamed Aslam Shaik of Four Fish Trading.
An R200 raffle was sponsored by Renier Storbeck of Railworx. Johan de Lange was lucky enough to receive this money as well as a cap from Lowveld Agrochem.

To participate in the competition, Frik Roos can be contacted on 079 096 6880.
The next competition will take place at the Da Gama Dam on September 11.

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Robert A. Glidden

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