Stillwater competition season runs deep
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.