SA Bass - - Contents - Ben­nie Wiese / Ed­i­tor

The end of the year is around the cor­ner and I be­lieve all of us are plan­ning for the hol­i­days. We wish our four FLW an­glers who are rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the Costa FLW Se­ries Cham­pi­onship in the USA all the very best. They are mak­ing his­tory on Ken­tucky Lake, Paris, Ten­nessee early in Novem­ber. They are up against the best FLW an­glers from Canada, China, Mex­ico, South Korea and the USA. The top in­ter­na­tional an­gler ad­vances to next year’s For­rest Wood Cup for the chance to com­pete on the sport’s big­gest stage for the big­gest pay­day in bass fish­ing.

Be­cause our FLW South Africa an­glers only com­pete against other an­glers in the FLW Se­ries In­ter­na­tional Di­vi­sion they have a 2 in 10 chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the For­rest wood Cup! Only the tele­vi­sion cov­er­age for th­ese events is es­ti­mated to be 564 mil­lion house­holds. What an honor to rep­re­sent the coun­try in this in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment!

Back home, fish­ing in the sum­mer is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­cept if the an­glers de­cide to wear the wrong cloth­ing. The en­vi­ron­ment has changed and the sun rays are much more hazardous and dam­ag­ing to our bare skin. So if we are plan­ning to do a lot of fish­ing dur­ing this sunny sea­son, we need to think of what we will be wear­ing. What cloth­ing will pro­tect us from harm­ful sun­rays and still be com­fort­able through­out the day?

Tech­nol­ogy has im­proved con­sid­er­ably in such a way that UV pro­tec­tion cloth­ing is now avail­able. We do not need to wear shorts and t-shirts like in the past. To­day’s out­door cloth­ing looks stylish and pro­tects our skin and still man­ages to keep us cool.

A few words of pre­cau­tion; be­fore you do more dam­age to your skin start out by us­ing a sweat proof qual­ity sun­screen that will bond to your skin and won’t run down your eyes and st­ing. Use a sun­screen that doesn’t leave a greasy residue as it may af­fect your grip on the fish­ing rod. Use a sun­screen with a formula made of oil free, hy­poal­ler­genic and is waterproof.

In sum­mer I reap­ply my sun­screen ev­ery few hours to keep me safe. You can also keep baby / wet wipes on your boat for wip­ing down your hands after you have ap­plied your sun­screen.

Get your­self a proper set of sun­glasses with po­lar­ized lenses to pre­vent yel­low light en­ter­ing the eye and elim­i­nates glare. It is im­por­tant that your sun­glasses fit your face prop­erly. If the sun­glasses fits cor­rectly it will al­low the lenses to breathe and pre­vent it from fog­ging up. En­joy your fish­ing and look after your­self.

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