Anglers vie for glory at Chevrolet Classic

2017-03-23 06:03
In first place in the junior section and winner of the fantastic Pieces Predator Kickboat and a The Bass Angler subscription, was the diminutive Allen Gouws (6).          Photo:SUPPLIED

In first place in the junior section and winner of the fantastic Pieces Predator Kickboat and a The Bass Angler subscription, was the diminutive Allen Gouws (6). Photo:SUPPLIED

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A brisk south westerly, dam level 50% . . . the setting superspecial irrespective, the anglers eager and totally undeterred.

The event? The 5th annual Chevrolet Bass Classic held at Brakkeduine Resort on the Kliprivier Dam near Humansdorp.

Hosted by Williams Hunt Humansdorp and East Cape Bassmasters club, this year the bag limit was set at two fish per session per angler, with prizes ranging from R10 000 for the Trailblazer Heaviest Bass to R5 000 for the heaviest overall bag, ladies’ heaviest bag and the ever-enthusiastic and growing junior contingent.

Dirk Speedy Coxen from Plettenberg Bay fished his way to first place and a cheque of R5 000 weighing in bag of 6.03kg, pipping se-cond place finisher and previous junior winner Sean Camons from Team Chev by a meagre 6 grams. In third place was Jacques Jooste with 5.77kg.

The top female angler was Sam Edmonds from Stutterheim taking the Top Carpets Jeffreys Bay Ladies’ Prize and beating her Protea angler husband Brett in the process. René Watson scooped the second place with Jade Viannelo in third place.

In first place in the junior section and winner of the fantastic Pieces Predator Kickboat and a The Bass Angler subscription, was the diminutive Allen Gouws. This ever-inquiring 6-year-old fished on this dam from almost before he could walk. In second place was the happy recipient of some great Shimano & Rapala merchandise, Hayden Ingpen from Port Elizabeth, while Warren Kenney from Kenton on Sea secured third place.

It was the R10 000 Trailblazer Heaviest Bass everyone was hoping to snag. Early in the first session Edward Hannon landed a good 2.14kg bass. Later in the session a jubilant Paul Kemp from George boasted a beautiful 2.3kg fish. His would be the heaviest fish for day one resulting in an uneasy Saturday night sleep for Kemp.

On Sunday morning it seemed that nobody would challenge Kemp’s Saturday fish. However with 15 minutes to go Steve Watson connected with solid bass which bettered Kemp’s by 40 grams, earning him the Chev Trailerblazer Heaviest Bass prize of R10 000. In third place was Edward Hannon from Grahamstown.

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