“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