ZChNamB­pioF n-of-Cham­pi­ons

SA Bass - - >> Sa Bass - >> Dr. E. R. La­yard*

Four clas­sics are held dur­ing the year at Kyle, Dar­wen­dale, May­fair and Claw. The top 40 an­glers of the year then qual­ify to fish for three days in Champ-ofChamps. As each an­gler fishes alone, it is a good test of phys­i­cal and men­tal en­durance. The fact that there was a full field of 40 an­glers is tes­ti­mony to the com­pet­i­tive na­ture and pres­tige of qual­i­fy­ing for this event.

The an­glers are also fishing for the An­gler of the Year ti­tle, the win­ner of which, qual­i­fies to rep­re­sent Zim­babwe in the USA. Two national sides to com­pete against neigh­bour­ing coun­tries next year are also selected on the ba­sis of the year’s per­for­mance.

So there was plenty to fish for and an air of ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble as the boats ar­rived on Thurs­day at Kyle Boat Club. The weather was pre­dicted to be sunny and hot all three days, which was a re­lief to those who have ex­pe­ri­enced the driz­zle and howl­ing South Easter of pre­vi­ous years.

The Cap­tains meet­ing was con­ducted by Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor KJ Elk­ing­ton on Thurs­day even­ing. Our ma­jor spon­sors Zim­nat Lion In­surance as well as Evo­lu­tion In­surance were thanked for their sup­port through­out the year and for mak­ing Champ of Champs pos­si­ble.

Early rise at 4am with the start sched­uled for 5.15am saw an­glers launch­ing their boats off the gran­ite face in front of KBC. The pole light on each boat in the dark­ness al­ways make a spec­ta­cle of fairy lights. As the dark­ness faded, the boats were sent off in or­der, af­ter a check of safety gear and kill switches.

Kyle is never an easy dam to fish, but none can ar­gue that it is the most spec­tac­u­lar venue in the coun­try. The sun grad­u­ally peep­ing over the Glen­livet hills is al­ways awe in­spir­ing.

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