Date: 2 to 7 Oc­to­ber 2017 start­ing with two days of prac­tise. Venue: Emerald Re­sort & Casino

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“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.

Fish­able shore­line

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.

Rec­om­mended lures

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.

Weather con­di­tions

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.

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