Namibia’s national angling team will be departing for Mozambique to compete in the prestigious African Union Region 5 Bass Angling Championships that is scheduled to take place on the 23rd of this month.
The championship will be hosted on Lake Chicamba located in the Manica province where Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia will once again battle it out for the gold medals, public relations officer of Namibia Base Angling Association, Andrew Hill has said.
“The team has a round trip of about 4 800km. They will be traveling in a convoy of 6 vehicles each towing boats laden with roughly 500kg of tackle. The team consists of 12 anglers. It is a formidable team with some of the anglers who have already fished Chicamba more than once,” he said.
He added that Lake Chicamba is currently rated as the best bass angling venue in Southern Africa drawing anglers from all corners of the globe to experience a bit of Chicamba magic.
According to Hill, when the lake is full it has a surface area of about 160 square kilometers.
“This is a huge body of water in terms of Namibian standards. The Region 5 record was caught at Lake Chicamba in 2013 by Max Pieper from Namibia, a fish of 6.43kg, this record still stands today. Some of our anglers have many years of experience and have represented Namibia internationally on numerous occasions,” he said.
He added that after many months of preparation for this event the team is confident that they will be returning home with some medals.
The team is composed of Alec Williams (Captain); Max Pieper; Richard Grant; Thinus Williams; Neil Engelbrecht; Jandre Engelbrecht; Anton de Wit; Anton Smit; Nic Kruger; Johan Coetzee; Duan Kotze and Stephan de Wet.
Zimbabwe are the current defending champions for two years in a row.