The weather perfect, the setting breathtaking, the anglers chomping at the bit.
The place? Brakkeduine on the Kliprivier Dam, 140 kilometers outside of Port Elizabeth. It is here where bass fishing enthusiasts gathered for the third consecutive year to participate in the Chevrolet Bass Classic last month hosted by the local East Cape Bassmasters club.
Described as the ideal weekend for the family, weekend warriors, kick boaters, kayakers and the like, the spotlight was on those who came to fish for the prize, a tagged fish worth R50 000. The bag limit was set at one fish per session per angler, with prizes for the heaviest overall bag, ladies heaviest bag and the all-important juniors. “Anglers from all over the region including some top names in the sport made the trip to this wonderful bass haven,” said Todd Camons from the East Cape Bassmasters club.
Dean Searle from George fished his way to first place by constantly rotating his spots, reeling in a bag weighing 3.470kg. The top female angler for the second year running was Caroline Bell from Grahamstown who consistently plugged away to end up with a bag of 2.400kg.
For the third year in a row Team Chevrolet’s 17 year old Sean Camons from Uitenhage, Carolina-rigged his way to first place in the junior category with a bag of 2.700kg. “This included a 1.57kg fish which wrapped and snapped the leader in clear view. Amazingly an hour later he hooked and landed the same fish with leader and Damiki grub still stuck in its mouth,” explained Todd Camons.
The big draw card, the R50 000 tagged fish, unwritten by Indwe Risk Services was reeled in by Pedro Calderia from Port Elizabeth.
“I have fished all classics held in Gauteng and Kwa-zulu Natal regions, but I must say that the Chevrolet Classic was a great event,” said a very excited Calderia. “It’s a very friendly competition where families get involved and everybody has a good time and the camp site is a must see. My first thought when I heard it’s a private farm dam was that it might just be a small piece of water but wow, was I blown back by this dam. It has more structure than most dams I have fished in the country and abroad.”
The 43 year old Calderia said the night before the competition he was already thinking about how to fish the next day since the weather forecast predicted heavy winds. “I have caught a 160kg Marlin in the past, but let me tell you this catch was the catch of a life time, I can’t explain the feeling. I just looked up at the sky and thanked the lord for this catch,” he added.
He praised the Brakkeduine/Kliprivier Dam. “While weighing the fish I kept telling myself that I have to come fish this dam again as it is unbelievable and the quality of fish here is special, there aren’t many dams like this one.”
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