NBAA The Namib­ian Bass Angling As­so­ci­a­tion

SA Bass - - International - Namibia - >> Hen­drik Pre­to­rius*

The Namib­ian Bass Angling As­so­ci­a­tion (NBAA) has held three na­tional com­pe­ti­tions as to date. The first com­pe­ti­tion of 2016 was held on the 5th of Fe­bru­ary on Oanob Dam which is lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 90km south of the cap­i­tal city Wind­hoek.

The com­pe­ti­tion day started at 6:30 with the reg­u­lar cap­tains meet­ing, fel­low fish­ing com­peti­tors try­ing to catch up af­ter the sea­son hol­i­days. At 6:55 en­gines may be started and at 7:00 the first boat was on its way.

As the day pro­ceeded, some com­peti­tors had man­aged to hook up on some bass but not the sizes that are known for Oanob dam. At 16:00 cut­off time all the boats were back at the launch.

The day was not as suc­cess­ful as the an­glers had hoped and only a few man­aged to weigh-in some fish.

How­ever the day was still filled with new an­glers claw­ing their way to the top po­si­tions and the old boys fight­ing to keep theirs. The first three places for the days fish­ing were as fol­lows:

James van Rooyen with a

1st place:

bag of 7,61kg

2nd place: Alec Williams with a bag

of 2,98kg

3rd place: Richard Grant with a bag of 2,50kg

We would like to thank our spon­sors for sup­port­ing us on that day. The main spon­sor Cy­mot, se­condary spon­sor Deep Catch Trad­ing and our sub­sidiary spon­sor Bank Wind­hoek Ltd.

Sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion

The sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion was held on the 16th of March on Oanob Dam as our venues were lim­ited which was caused by draught.

The com­pe­ti­tion day started at 6:30 with the reg­u­lar cap­tains meet­ing, fel­low fish­ing com­peti­tors try­ing to catch up af­ter the sea­son hol­i­days. At 6:55 en­gines may be started and at 7:00 the first boat was on its way.

The wind picked up early and gave big prom­ise; how­ever the an­glers man­aged to catch a bunch of un­der­size fish and only a few keep­ers. The cold front that moved past two days prior the com­pe­ti­tions seems to have had a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion on the fish’s ac­tiv­ity. At 16:00 cut-off all the boats were back at the launch.

The day was a frus­trat­ing one for a lot of an­glers.

The first three places for the days fish­ing were as fol­lows:

1st place: Alec Williams with a bag of

3,94kg

2nd place: Jaques Marais with a bag

of 3,62kg

3rd place: Neels van Ton­der with a bag of 1,86kg

We would like to thank our spon­sors for sup­port­ing us on that day. The main spon­sor Deep Catch Trad­ing and our sub­sidiary spon­sor Bank Wind­hoek Ltd.

Third com­pe­ti­tion

The third com­pe­ti­tion was held on the 9th of April on Oanob Dam. We are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a se­vere draught and we are cur­rently fac­ing some tough de­ci­sions to be made for con­ser­va­tion rea­sons and the liveli­hood of the won­der­ful sport of bass fish­ing in Namibia.

The com­pe­ti­tion day started at 6:30 with the reg­u­lar cap­tains meet­ing, fel­low fish­ing com­peti­tors try­ing to catch up af­ter the sea­son hol­i­days. At 6:55 en­gines may be started and at 7:00 the first boat was on its way.

The wind picked had once again picked up early in the morn­ing and gave some an­glers hope of maybe catch­ing some fe­males that would start with their au­tumn feed­ing pat­terns. Much to their demise the fish were un­der a lot of pres­sure caused by the draught, an al­gae bloom and boats on the wa­ter. The day had a slow start for most of the an­glers. Only smaller fish were caught and the day ended with yet another dis­ap­point­ing group of an­glers.

The first three places for the days fish­ing were as fol­lows: 1st place: Jaques Swart with a bag of

2,83kg 2nd place: James van Rooyen with a bag of 2,07kg

3rd place: JP Judeel with a bag of 1,10kg

We would like to thank our spon­sors for sup­port­ing us on that day. The main spon­sor Surf&Turf and our sub­sidiary spon­sor Bank Wind­hoek Ltd.

The draught is af­fect­ing the sport of bass fish­ing in Namibia in a very big way. We hope and pray to re­ceive some rains this year to fill our dams to the brim.

*Hen­drik Pre­to­rius is the Namib­ian Bass Angling As­so­ci­a­tion (NBAA) Con­ser­va­tion Of­fi­cer.

The draught is af­fect­ing the sport of bass fish­ing in Namibia in a very big way. We hope and pray to re­ceive some rains this year to fill our dams to the brim.

Namibia is also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a se­vere draught and is cur­rently

fac­ing some tough de­ci­sions

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