Hook the tagged fish and win R5000 at Orphan Fund bass competition

David Hoehler shows off the beautiful tagged bass.

A princely sum of R5000 is up for the hooking at the annual 2016 North Coast Courier Orphan Fund Bass competition, proudly sponsored by Seeff.

Last week Courier sales rep David Hoehler and his mate Jonni Wills took up the ‘arduous task’ of tagging a fish for the job at Dudley Pringle Dam.

The dam has been closed to fishermen for many years and is rumoured to hold some bass of monstrous size of up to 6kg.

“I know how fishermen can be so I did not know what to expect.

“We launched our inflatable boats at about 6am and the action started thick and fast from the first cast. Jonni bagged the second fish of the morning, a whopper of 3.65kg, which I quickly tagged and it swam off strong,” said Hoehler.

Hook this pretty fish during the competition on September 25 and receive a R5000 cash prize.

“The fishing at this dam is epic, between me and my fishing partner we got about 10 fish over 2kgs and two fish over 3kg with the biggest being 3.8kg. In my opinion Dudley Pringle offers some of the best fishing you will find on any dam in South Africa.”

This is the first time the competition is being held at Dudley Pringle and the bigger dam will allow for non-motorised water craft, making it ideal for small inflatables and fishing skis. No kick-boats are allowed, as no dangling legs are permitted in the water due to the dam’s rules.

In keeping with being environmentally friendly and as fish-friendly as possible, the fish will be measured, instead of weighed this year.

All ages are welcome, as there will be a junior and senior category.

Aspiring young anglers can also look forward to the kiddies fishing clinic, and the whole family will enjoy the opportunity to picnic on the lawns.

The Ballito Lions will be selling boerewors rolls and cool drinks and there will be ample, safe parking as well as toilet facilities.

Registration starts at 5.30am, with lines up at 10.30am, followed by a prize giving. There will be loads of prizes, ranging from the biggest fish catch to lucky draws.

Specialised Rescue Unit will be there to keep an eye on the safety of the anglers.

Entry fees are R100 for bank anglers and R200 for paddle ski or small inflatable paddle boat anglers.

Entries are limited so enter here or at Hook Line & Sinker in Ballito and Salt Rock.



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