Still­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion sea­son runs deep

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THE past week­end saw the official start of the Mid­lands in­ter “Still­wa­ter Com­pe­ti­tion” sea­son and the 22nd Tops Kam­berg Trout Fes­ti­val.

Chilly early morn­ing starts not­with­stand­ing, some ex­cel­lent fish were recorded, many over the 50cm mark. Only fish over 60cm could be brought into the weigh sta­tion as a po­ten­tial dou­ble fig­ure (4.5kg), all oth­ers were re­leased to fight another day.

Top in­di­vid­ual an­glers were cur­rent Protea cap­tain Daniel Fac­tor, and Hill­crest’s Brett Giles, with 31 and 32 fish re­spec­tively – Daniel just pip­ping Brett to the ti­tle with a to­tal length of 1 240cm of fish caught to Brett’s 1 133cm.

Team Split Cane (cap­tained by Giles) took the team line honours with a to­tal of 3 086cm of fish.

The big­gest fish recorded were 64cm and 63cm, both of which came out of KZN wa­ter, at High­moor. that there are still some fish com­ing out of the river in­flow at Al­bert Falls Dam. As ex­pected, dam lev­els are start­ing to re­cede.

Al­bert Falls is still over the 50% mark at 56%, Spring Grove just be­low FSL at 95% and the front of the wall at Mid­mar is stay­ing wet at 100% level.

This re­port from Dale Tribe about the trout compo held at the Matatiele Moun­tain Lake:

“It felt like just the other day that we hosted our an­nual fly-fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Matatiele Moun­tain Lake. But once again it was time, and on Fri­day, May 18, an­glers from all over started mak­ing their way up to the Moun­tain Lake.

“Much of Fri­day night was spent rem­i­nisc­ing about the last com­pe­ti­tion and catch­ing up with old friends. New flies were shared, tac­tics dis­cussed, plans for the week­end’s fish­ing were laid out.

“Af­ter the brief­ing, we had 39 fish­er­men from Dur­ban, Shep­pie, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, How­ick. Ma­clear, Kok­stad and Un­der­berg. Not a bad turnout at all.

“Most an­glers dis­ap­peared quite early to the tents to go to get ready for the much-an­tic­i­pated 6am start the next day.

“First light saw many an­glers al­ready on the wa­ter wait­ing for the start siren. The siren sounded and it was game on.

“A stun­ning sun­rise greeted the an­glers. With the sun­rise in the back­ground and a slight mist bank in the fore­ground, one can just see why we are so pas­sion­ate about this place called the Matatiele Moun­tain Lake.

“By lunch only a few fish had been weighed in. One to take no­tice of was a rain­bow hen of 2.26kg weighed in by Shep­pie an­gler Stan Park. By the end of the day a cred- ible 15 fish over 50cm had been weighed in.

“On Sun­day fish­ing seemed a lot tougher that the pre­vi­ous day with only seven fish over 50cm weighed in. With the blink of an eye the siren sounded and that was the end of yet another com­pe­ti­tion. All that was left was prize-giv­ing.”

Re­sults: Ju­niors: John Holl, 1.82kg rain­bow trout (Matatiele).

Ladies: Bianca Luther, 1.54kg rain­bow (Shep­pie).

Men: Stan Park, 2.26kg rain­bow (Shep­pie).

To­tal fish recorded: 162 – 22 over 50cm and seven brown trout.

On the ski boat side, a re­minder that the Umh­langa Ski boat Com­pe­ti­tion is this week­end, and the an­glers can’t wait. This is another com­pe­ti­tion that sees ski boats, jet skis and pad­dle skis pit­ted against one another. Visit www.ursc.co.za to en­ter.

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