Local boys in Art Lure International fishing competition

2013-09-09 00:00

ROSS McLennan (17) and Tyron McGarry (15) love fishing. They are so good that they have been selected to be part of the junior South African team to compete in the Zambezi Art Lure International Contest.

The two Pietermaritzburg boys started fishing when they were six and five years old respectively. When McLennan was in grade five and McGarry in grade three, they joined a fishing club and have excelled ever since. The two boys, who are very good friends, both received their Natal colours for fishing last year and their Springbok colours this year.

Now they will have to put all their skills to the test when they go to Namibia next week to try and catch every species of fish in the Zambezi in the contest.

“We have to use artificial lures to catch the fish. That means we can’t use anything that dissolves or smells to help lure the fish. We have to catch two fish of every species in the body of water we are allocated,” said McLennan.

Jinny McGarry, Tyron’s mother, said that this contest will be a real test for the boys: “The contest is held from September 16 to 20. The boys have all day to try and catch the fish. It will be challenging as different types of fish eat at different times. You have to read the fish and the boys will encounter some species of fish for the very first time.”

They will be releasing all the fish they catch. Despite the challenges, the boys are excited to represent their country in the sport that they are so passionate about.

“I feel pretty excited to be taking part in the contest and that I could achieve so much at such a young age. We are going to go out there, fish the new waters and have fun!” Tyron told The Witness.

Ross added: “It will be my first time out of the country and we’ll get to fish different species of fish. I am over the moon.”

Ross likes fishing for the thrill of the catch, not knowing when or where a fish may bite and Tyron loves going out on the open water to clear his mind.

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