Non-stop fun and learning at the Fish Eagle Pro/Am

2011-10-15 00:00

THE much anticipated Fish Eagle Pro/Amateur tournament cast off at Albert Falls on Sunday. Thirteen amateur two-man teams filled the entry list alongside 13 experienced and motivated pro anglers.

The deal was simple: two amateurs per boat, skippered by one of the pros in a full-out social, yet adrenalin-filled tournament with all the normal rules that govern our BETT events.

While the ultimate reward was the education and experience to be gained, the anglers also had fantastic prizes to compete for. The heaviest five-fish limit for the day would win the event, but every team would be given a prize for their efforts.

To ensure that every effort was made to coach the amateurs, the pro anglers were not permitted to contribute to the bag; their expertise would shine through in the results of the two amateurs!

The format was extremely well received and by the time the whistle blew the anglers were energised, to say the least.

I set my team up on a shallow point to start things out and we immediately started attracting some bites, but only managed one good keeper.

We jumped around to a few other spots before we found a concentration of fish to fill out the limit.

In the process we also boated a 1,7 kg kicker, which upped our average and put us in a decent position.

By mid-morning all the teams had made their way back to the bank for a half-time lunch break and weigh-in. Brandon Brokensha, the proprietor of the Fish Eagle, had prepared an array of snacks and hamburgers.

We sped off again to complete the afternoon session. The weather at this point started turning south with intermittent showers followed by periods of bliss, but the fish continued to bite, not allowing the amateurs to put their rods down at any point.

They fished until the last minute and made every cast count, which was a tribute to their dedication and appreciation of the event.

The afternoon ended with the final weigh-in and prize-giving at the yacht club.

The consensus was that every angler continued to learn throughout the day and the awesome fishing compounde d the enjoyment.

When the results were tallied the champions for the day were Team Sine Cura skippered by Lionel Crow, with team WRA skippered by Cameron Harvey taking second, followed by Team Jelly-Pop skippered by me in third.

I must say the bag weights were above average for this venue, and even though most of these anglers had never even fished off a boat before this did not stop them from getting to the point.

The result was a day of exposure to an addictive sport through the eyes of conservation-minded bass followers, which I have no doubt will positively impact our sport today, tomorrow and every other day.

Many thanks to the skippers, the contestants and the sponsors for contributing to such an epic day on the lake.

So get out on the lake and catch some bass, and remember to release your catch alive to prolong the sustainability of our resource.

E-mail me with reports, pictures and questions at zorthewitt@hotmail.com.

Catch em’ up.

RESULTS:

1 — Sina Cura - 6,650 kg

2 — WRA - 6,115 kg

3 — Jelly Pop - 6,075 kg

4 — Fillet and Release - 6,075 kg

5 — Bass Magic - 6,065 kg

6 — Big Time - 5,745 kg

7 — The Stingers - 5,470 kg

8 — Kiss My Bass - 5,145 kg

9 — Forsyth Plumbing - 5,045 kg

10 — Aqua Academy - 4,985 kg

11 — In to Win - 4,940 kg

12 — Ugesh Saneel - 3,610 kg

13 — The Springblacks - 2,715 kg

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