TOUR­NA­MENT RE­PORT

SA Bass - - Contents - >> Clint Skin­ner

“Re­gion 5 – Claw Dam Zim­babwe” Is there a greater hon­our than rep­re­sent­ing your coun­try in the sport we love? While not for ev­ery­one, the ded­i­ca­tion of the com­pet­i­tive an­gler is some­thing to be­hold – Clint Skin­ner

Is there a greater hon­our than rep­re­sent­ing your coun­try in the sport we love? While not for ev­ery­one, the ded­i­ca­tion of the com­pet­i­tive an­gler is some­thing to be­hold. The amount of hours that go into the club, di­vi­sional, provin­cial and fi­nally Na­tional Se­lec­tion are in­cred­i­ble, to say noth­ing of the cost! For the ma­jor­ity of us who fish so­cially this is to­tally out of reach but if you ever get the chance to fish with one of these pro­fes­sion­als grab it with both hands. What you and I are still learn­ing about this sport these guys have al­ready for­got­ten!

Claw Dam at­tracted the re­gion’s best at the end of July. Trav­el­ling from South Africa, Namibia, Zam­bia and Mozam­bique the best of the best came to take on reign­ing cham­pi­ons Zim­babwe who had won their tro­phy at Nan­doni in 2016 and were now hop­ing to de­fend it on home waters. Claw Dam had been se­lected as the venue and it proved to be the per­fect des­ti­na­tion. The camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ablu­tions had been ex­tended in prepa­ra­tion; the rains had seen the dam fill and the fish were will­ing and wait­ing.

Long jour­neys for many teams but ev­ery­one ar­rived safe and ready for the two days of prac­tice and three days on the wa­ter. Teams set­tled in and were treated to typ­i­cal Zim­bab­wean hospitality. Great food and cold drinks with plenty of laugh­ter and ban­ter. The se­ri­ous busi­ness of fish­ing started and teams soon set­tled into pat­terns that they hoped would hold up for the week on a dam that is well known to change with fish­ing pres­sure. Most teams had man­aged to prac­tice and all were con­fi­dent go­ing into the of­fi­cial tour­na­ment days.

Africa is how­ever Africa and one South African team had to put their land­ing net to good use re­mov­ing a puff adder that had de­cided their en­gine was the place to rest up af­ter the se­cond prac­tice day.

Day one saw the Zim­bab­wean team storm into a lead they never let go of all the way to the end of the tour­na­ment, ex­tend­ing their lead

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