Saturday’s Port Edward Bass Classic hosted by the South Coast Bass Association (SCBA) was the biggest and best in the four-year history of the event.
The competition drew a record number of entries with anglers from as far as Empangeni making the trip to fish in their choice of 17 private farm dams in the Port Edward area.
There was no shortage of excitement and three potential winners emerged.
One angler caught a 7.1kg bass on Friday, which would have been a South African record, but the angler was not registered with the SABAA Federation.
A second angler caught a 3.8kg fish but did so at 17:30 on Saturday – after the event had closed.
In the end, the biggest bass was caught by Quintis Human, a fish of 3.34kg in Woody Wrestray’s dam.
He won a kick boat by Ferral Inflatables and a fish mount by GT Fish Mounts to the value of R10 000.
Tyrone de Wet and Shirley Gouws won the men’s and ladies divisions with catches of 1.72kg and 1.08kg respectively.
Wesley Pauls and Joshua Fischer were the top anglers in the Under-18 section.
Pauls won with a 1.46kg bass, which netted him a Pisces Predator kick boat and lures sponsored by Outdoor 365 and Blue Water Gear, while Fischer claimed the second, third and fourth place prizes.
The Under-12 section was dominated by Richard Swanepoel, who won with a 0.82kg bass and walked away with the second and third place prizes.
SCBA chairman Manus Erasmus said: “It was a fantastic competition. Congratulations to all the anglers and our sincere appreciation to all the farmers for allowing us the use of their dams.
“A special thank you to Steven Brand for cleaning the vegetation around the dam and the funding of guards for protection of the competitors and a big thank you to all the sponsors of the event, especially the big names who came on board this year – Strike King, Blue Water Gear, Outdoor 365, Lucky’s, Ferral inflatables and many more.”