SA Bass

INTERNATIO­NAL

Forty one teams entered for the two day event held over the weekend of 5 and 6 March.

- – Clint Skinner

“Masvikadei Classic” Much of Zimbabwe had seen record rainfall already which curtailed some venues from being available; thankfully the facilities at Masvikadei meant that it was still an option. Forty one teams entered for the two day event held over the weekend of 5 and 6 March.

MUCH OF ZIMBABWE HAD SEEN RECORD RAINFALL ALREADY WHICH CURTAILED SOME VENUES FROM BEING AVAILABLE; THANKFULLY THE FACILITIES AT MASVIKADEI MEANT THAT IT WAS STILL AN OPTION.

The dam had dropped back to 102% full but the rivers were still flowing and the spillway was still shrouded in layer of spray as water plunged down what is commonly known as the plug. Pizza Inn had sponsored pizza and after the captains meeting teams enjoyed a few slices while catching up with fellow anglers from around the country. Thanks to Simbisa for the kind donation through your Pizza Inn chain!

Threats of rain saw anglers packing all the rain kit as they prepared. Good fish had been found in practice both up the rivers in the dirty water as well as in the crystal clean water of main lake so there was a plan available for most if only the pattern held out. 05:45 saw the boats head through the starters for safety checks and off they went to their starting spots.

Masvikadei is without a doubt one of the more attractive fishing venues, the Gold Dust township which was mostly constructe­d during the farming boom years has plenty of houses available for rent so the majority of the competitor­s had good accommodat­ion away from the weather. The dam itself offers a bit of everything with lots of most types of structure available. Unfortunat­ely during its building many of the trees were removed. There is deep water with cliff faces, rocks piles, anthills and a multitude of different weed types. The river section goes on and on and many found this flowing water irresistib­le resulting in some high speed racing to get to the no plane area first.

Some anglers, as always, found it easier than others with several 10kg

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