Date: 2 to 7 October 2017 starting with two days of practise. Venue: Emerald Resort & Casino
“Black Bass World Championships - South Africa” The Bass World Championship is an Olympic-style event where countries compete for medals.
The Bass World Championship is an Olympic-style event where countries compete for medals. According to U.S. Angling, it is part of a growing effort spearheaded by the Confederation Internationale de Peche Sportive (CIPS) to make bass fishing an Olympic sport. An application for recognition has already been submitted to the International Olympic Committee.
At a press conference held in the FLW booth at ICAST in Orlando, U.S. Angling announced the members of the 2017 USA Bass team, which will be competing in the 2017 Bass World Championship on the Vaal River in South Africa.
Members of the USA team include team captain Scott Martin, David Dudley, Mark Rose, David Fritts, James Watson, Scott Canterbury, Fred Roumbanis and Lionel Botha. They’ll compete against 15 other national teams from countries such as Russia, Spain, Italy, Mexico and South Africa.
We are thrilled that these accomplished anglers have agreed to represent our country in these championships,” says U.S. Angling President Joel McDearmon. “The angling world will be watching as this team expands bass fishing’s popularity worldwide. We are determined to showcase America’s mastery of the sport and bring home the gold.”
“I am thrilled to be part of the group that will help make bass fishing an Olympic sport,” adds USA Bass Board of Director member and Team Manager John Knight. “It is going to take a huge effort from American anglers and the fishing industry to make this happen. This great sport is ready to span the globe and join the Olympics.”
U.S. Angling is a 501c3 charitable organization that supports a number of fishing teams that compete in world championship events around the globe. According to a press release distributed by U.S. Angling prior to ICAST, the organization is also planning a Pan American event to include Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Cuba and others to help garner support for bass fishing as a future Olympic sport.
The tournament will be held from the Emerald Resort & Casino which is situated in the middle of the
fishable tournament area. This area starts at the causeway at the power station below the wall of the Vaal Dam and all the way down to the Barrage, some 40km downstream. Feeder rivers in this stretch are the Suikerbosrand, Klip-, Taaibos- and Leeuspruit, all flowing in from the Gauteng side.
The South African team consists of Justy Varkevisser (captain), Ruan Wahl, Richard Eldridge, Shane Estran, August Lingnau, Darryl Quinton and Kieron Samkin.
The main body of the river varies in width from about 50m to over 200m and when one includes the four feeder rivers one has a fishable shoreline of over 100km.
Fish species available
The river has an abundance of fish species with the main attraction being largemouth bass, carp, barbel, mudfish and yellow fish.
The 100km plus river banks has a wide range of unbelievable fishing structure from the top to all the way to the bottom and includes the following reed beds, willow trees, log jams and lay-downs, sheltered bays, lily pads, water grass, rocks, sand banks and endless jetties and boat houses.
The river is the perfect hosting venue in that it has something in it for everyone. No matter what style of fishing you enjoy, the river has it for you. Popular types of baits used are lures with a good vibration, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms, creature baits and so on.
In October South Africa is well into spring and approaching the start of summer. The river is 1694m above sea level with an average daily temperature of 18ºC and an average maximum of 24ºC. The expected minimum temperature is about 12ºC. The average rainfall for this time of the year is low with an average of 7mm for the month of October.
The normal rainfall season for the Vaal River is in summer and as we will be in the very early stages of summer it is possible to have rain, but it is not a high probability. If we have rain it is normally thunder showers that occur usually in the late afternoons and generally last for an hour or two. The expected sunrise is at about 6:15am with it getting light at around about 5:50am.
We wish all the participating teams the very best for this championship and look forward to having them here.