The Namibia Bass Angling Association (NBAA) hosted the Bank Windhoek National NBAA Competition, attracting a field of 20 boats with 20 anglers at Lake Oanob outside Rehoboth last weekend.
Tough fishing conditions – combined with a cold front that hit central Namibia on the Friday and Saturday, anglers were left to face freezing and windy conditions – were also not helped by the low water levels, which created highly challenging fishing conditions.
However, the anglers braved the chilly conditions and still managed to catch a fair amount of fish, with Fernando Abrantes’ catching the biggest fish of the day and setting a new personal best in the process.
His son, Ricardo, only joined the NBAA late last year and has faced tough fishing excursions due to the very low dam levels, which has dominated the weather conditions in the country of late.
Nevertheless, Fernando persevered and managed to catch a personal best during an official competition and a massive haul of 16 fish made it to the scale with a total weight for the tourney hitting 25.107-kg.
“It’s with great excitement that we announce that this was the first tourney at which we could showcase and use our new weighing station. The weigh station has been mooted for many years now and the NBAA started construction at the beginning of this year.
“Last weekend was a test run for the weigh station and it certainly passed with flying colours,” said an excited chairman of the NBAA Richard Grant. “We now need to add the final touches and branding after which the NBAA will have one of the best weigh stations in the world of bass fishing.
“The NBAA would like to thank Nic Kruger from KTE Namibia for building the actual weigh station and for sponsoring material, hard work, sweat, blood and tears to get it done,” Grant said. It also applauded all its other loyal sponsors that helped making the dream of a world class weigh station a reality.
This was the last national competition for the year. Next up is the Bank Windhoek National Trials on October 22 and 23, where the national team for 2017 will be selected. “We would once again like to thank our main sponsor, Bank Windhoek, for their loyal support and continued contribution to bass angling in Namibia,” Grant concluded.
The full results of the competition are follows:
1. James van Rooyen 4 fish 4.102 kg
2. Babaloki de Wit 2 fish 3.470 kg
3. Fernando Abrantes 1 fish