EP bass angling team crowned SA champs

2017-08-24 06:00
=EP team boat 2 - Mario Nel and Mark Gibson               Photos:supplied

=EP team boat 2 - Mario Nel and Mark Gibson Photos:supplied

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This year saw many of SA’s elite anglers representing twelve of the country’s provincial teams all competing for glory and the title of SABAA SA Inter Provincial Championship at Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape.

The 8 angler EP team made the long haul with tackle, supplies and 4 boats in-tow to the west coast.

With Monday being a practice day and Tuesday a scanning day you don’t have much time to understand the dam or unlock its secrets so many hours pre-tournament research and prep were put in.

Day 1. As soon as safe light was declared the boats slowly filed out one by one towards the gate buoys and blasted off to their selected spots all with high hopes!

The aim was to ensure that each boat filled its limit of 5 live bass each day.

With great team work and fishing spot management all 4 team boats filled their limits to end the day in a respectable 3rd place, much to the delight of the team.

Day 2. Thursday proved to be a lot tougher with a few lost fish and fish becoming a bit line- shy but the team was getting to understand the fish movement more all the same. At the scales EP managed to consolidate 3rd place but lost some ground to Gauteng North 1st and Natal Midlands in 2nd with Gauteng Central breathing down EP’s neck in 4th.

Day 3. Friday the final day a change in weather made for a difficult morning for the team. With a few adjustments and totally dedicated effort, fishing until the last available minute the no. 2 & 4 boats of Gibson/Nel and Holmes/Watson filled their limits in plain sight of the weigh station.

As the final few bags were weighed it was clear that something special was in the making.

The East Province team leapfrogged the previous top two into a fantastic 1st place much to the absolute joy of the humble EP Team, Boland made a huge jump to finish 2nd and Northern Gauteng took the final podium place in 3rd.

  • The EP Bass Angling Team is ever grateful to Pick ’n Pick for the great support, providing team kit and supplies, Enertec Batteries, Cadar Printers, Clover SA, Silver Lake Marine, Williams Hunt/Isuzu and Fuchs Lubricants. Without dedicated support like this, competing and achieving great results at this level would not be possible.

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