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SA Bass - - Contents - >> Hannes Lin­d­eque*

“FLW South Africa Cham­pi­onship” The very first of­fi­cial FLW South Africa Cham­pi­onship took place at the Vaal River, Van­der­bi­jl­park where one hun­dred of the best lo­cal bass an­glers com­peted to see who the very first FLW South African Cham­pi­ons would be. – Hannes Lin­d­eque

“FLW guar­an­tees in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the For­rest Wood Cup!”

The cham­pi­onship was held over three days and the an­glers had to rely on their skills rather than luck. We started off with an of­fi­cial regis­tra­tion and pre-tour­na­ment meet­ing where tour­na­ment of­fi­cials were in­tro­duced and each spon­sor was thanked for their valu­able as­sis­tance. The tour­na­ment rules and pro­ce­dures were ex­plained and all ques­tions were an­swered.

Ev­ery morn­ing the boats had to be lined up and ready for the start at 07:00. The mas­ter of cer­e­mony, John Baden­horst, kept the an­glers in­formed and en­ter­tained. We also had live cov­er­age on so­cial me­dia to keep the fam­i­lies and friends up­dated. Although every­thing seemed to be re­laxed, the an­glers were anx­ious to get a kicker on the scale. Pre­tend­ing to be all okay their nerves were shot. Win­ter fish­ing is tough and a good bag on any day is just what ev­ery­body needed to get a head start on the rest of the teams. At 07:30 the boats were pushed off for an or­derly start and many teams de­cided to race down­stream to­wards their honey holes.

The weather was great and not as cold as ex­pected to be this time of year. Un­for­tu­nately, the pre-frontal con­di­tions played havoc and the an­glers had to fight con­sis­tent winds.

Back at the weigh sta­tion our tour­na­ment weigh mas­ter, John Bul­pitt, made sure that no short or dead fish were weighed. John him­self is a leg­end in the bass fra­ter­nity and was the very first South African who rep­re­sented our coun­try in the USA.

On day one the lead­ers were Michael Matthee & Wayne Louw with a 5 fish bag of 6.23kg fol­lowed by Frans Swanepoel and Les­ley Mont­gomery with 5.435kg

Day two also turned out to be dif­fi­cult and ner­vous an­glers were driv­ing up and down the river look­ing for hid­den spots. There was a som­bre at­mos­phere at the weigh sta­tion when some teams re­alised that they had two bad days in a row mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to win. The lead­ers of

day one dropped to 6th place while Justy Varke­visser and Greg Sch­luep took the lead with a bag of 5 fish weigh­ing 3.98kg. The Ras brothers came back from nowhere into sec­ond place with a to­tal bag of 3.745kg fol­lowed.

Day three was the tie breaker and some teams still haven’t fig­ured out a pat­tern to out­smart five fish. Hen­nie Schoe­man and Ruan Wahl took the lead with 4 fish weigh­ing 4.04kg fol­lowed by Neels Beneke who fished the tour­na­ment alone. Neels had a great bag on day one, but some­thing went wrong on day two and he couldn’t weigh a sin­gle fish. On day three he re­tal­i­ated weigh­ing a 3 fish bag of 3.96kg. In his neck were Justy Varke­visser & Greg Sch­luep with a 5 fish bag of 3.905kg

The scores of day three were kept se­cret not to spoil prize giv­ing which was held in the Kil­i­man­jaro Hall at Emer­ald Re­sort & Casino. Prize giv­ing was well at­tended and af­ter the lucky draw prizes were handed out, the win­ning teams of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Lim­popo, Kwa-Zulu Na­tal and West­ern Cape re­ceived their Grand Prix tro­phies.

There was a twist in the ca­ble when the four FLW South Africa am­bas­sadors were an­nounced. The first ever FLW South Africa cham­pi­ons are Michael Matthee and Wayne Louw. Run­ners up were Justy Varke­visser and Greg Sch­luep, but ac­cord­ing tour­na­ment rules Greg Sch­luep for­feited the fourth slot which was passed on to Henry Petersen. Henry was over­whelmed and ev­ery­body shared in his joy.

Th­ese four an­glers will rep­re­sent FLW South Africa of­fi­cially and com­pete against the best pro­fes­sional an­glers from the USA, Canada, China, Mex­ico and South Korea. The Costa FLW Se­ries Cham­pi­onship will take place on Ken­tucky Lake, Paris, Ten­nessee in Novem­ber 2017.

FLW Guar­an­tee

FLW guar­an­tees in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the For­rest Wood Cup! FLW South Africa an­glers only com­pete against other an­glers in the FLW Se­ries In­ter­na­tional Di­vi­sion (Canada, China, Mex­ico, South Africa and South Korea) to ad­vance to the fol­low­ing year’s For­rest Wood Cup for the chance to com­pete on the sport’s big­gest stage for the big­gest pay­day in bass fish­ing. That is a 2 in 10 chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the For­rest Wood Cup.

We wish our FLW am­bas­sadors all the best for this in­ter­na­tional event.

Spon­sors & Sup­pli­ers:

FLW South Africa would like to thank the fol­low­ing spon­sors in sup­port­ing our first FLW South Africa Cham­pi­onship: Garmin SA, MasterCars Won­der­boom, Yamaha Dis­trib­u­tors SA, Arma Iuris, Bril­liant Ef­fects, Cube De­sign In­no­va­tions, Emer­ald Re­sort & Casino, Hill­Billy Poisen, LK’s Prod­ucts (Pty) Ltd, Brand­ing.co.za, Out­door Ware­house, Varkenelli Cus­tom Baits, Wayne Louw, Wolf Lures, Com­mit­ment Promotions, Kroko South Africa and SA BASS mag­a­zine.

Our next tour­na­ment sea­son starts at the end of Au­gust. All the dates, venues and tour­na­ment rules are on our web­site www.flw­southafrica.com

About SA BASS Cast-for-Cash

The Cast-for-Cash tour­na­ment trial is a one day bass an­gling money tour­na­ment giv­ing an­glers an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in teams for prize money and build their self con­fi­dence. Many of th­ese an­glers who started off as rook­ies have been awarded Protea colours. To give our lo­cal an­glers a “dream come true” op­por­tu­nity SA BASS has an ex­clu­sive li­cens­ing agree­ment with FLW to present FLW bass-fish­ing tour­na­ments in South Africa.

FLW, head­quar­tered in Ben­ton, Ken­tucky, USA, is the world’s pre­mier tour­na­ment fish­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing un­par­al­leled fish­ing re­sources and entertainment to our mem­bers, an­glers, spon­sors, fans and host com­mu­ni­ties. Through a va­ri­ety of plat­forms in­clud­ing tour­na­ments, ex­pos, in­ter­na­tional me­dia and creative mar­ket­ing strate­gies, FLW is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a life­style ex­pe­ri­ence that is the best in fish­ing, on and off the wa­ter.

FLW con­ducts more than 240 bass-fish­ing tour­na­ments an­nu­ally across the United States and sanc­tions tour­na­ments in Canada, China, Mex­ico, South Korea and South Africa.

*Hannes Lin­d­eque is the founder and publisher of SA BASS mag­a­zine, the tour­na­ment di­rec­tor of the SA BASS Cast­for-Cash bass an­gling tour­na­ment trial and FLW South Africa.

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