The South African Protea Bass Fishing Team won a Gold Medal at the XV Black Bass World Championships.
The championships were hosted in February by the South African Bass Anglers Association (SABAA) on the Vaal River at Emerald Casino. South Africa retains the title as the top overall team in worldwide bass fishing.
The international event is presented annually by the international sporting organisation, Confédération Internationale de Pêche Sportive (CIPS) and in concert with the American organisation, USA Bass who hopes to boost bass fishing into the arena of Olympic sport.
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South Africa welcomed fourteen countries from around the globe, each of whom fielded three two-angler boating teams in a bid for the coveted Gold Medal. Countries represented at the tournament came from Europe, Central America, Asia and the USA. Australia earned a Silver Medal and Germany the Bronze. The top five included Italy in fourth place and South Korea in fifth.
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Contestants were awarded two days of practice and three scoring days. The elite squads of world anglers competed in relentless rainfall, rising river flows and stained water for what became a match of endurance and technical skill. The winning teams utilised light line with small plastic lures and often found bass hunkering in deep water zones.
The 2020 XVI Black Bass World Championship will be held at Lake Murray, South Carolina in the USA where South Africa will defend their title as reigning world champs.
Words and Photography George Robey
Outdoor writer and photographer George Robey finds himself in a familiar journalistic pickle. If he wasn’t tied to the computer, he could spend more time outdoors… but without assignments, there would be fewer travel opportunities. Truth be known, George enjoys every moment of his hectic schedule as senior staff writer for The Bass Angler magazine in South Africa and as a prolific journalist who appears in various overseas publications. George has chased stories throughout the world, from Canada and Mexico to South America and across Africa, yet one of his favourite destinations remains the Upper Zambezi.