THE Species Angling Namibia (SAN) team is making steady progress after beating South Africa during the fourth Development International Angling competition held at the Hardap Dam at the end of last month.
Following a relatively successful outing at the 2008 World Carp international, Namibia maintained its unbeaten record when it again beat the South African team by 375,36kg.
Last year, Namibia completed a thrilling victory against a star-studded team from South Africa after trailing for much of the competition.
This time around, Namibia stormed ahead in the 72-hour competition as they caught a total of 372 fish weighing 1354,8 kg, while South Africa managed 281 fish weighing 979,44kg
Namibia’s cause was helped by Willie Sowden and Marc Schumacher reeling in 161 fish weighing 559,45kg to place top of the standings, with compatriots Anton Seabrooke and Mark Middendorf in second place after catching 141 fish that tipped the scale at 550,02kg.
In third place was Dirk Lourens and Dorian Timmerman from South Africa who caught 137 fish at 416,75kg.
Another South African pair in Jan Van Loggenberg and Freidel Redeke were fourth with their haul of 96 fish at 342,02kg, followed by Mac van Loggerenberg and Donovan Seeber – also from South Africa – on 66 fish at 267,01kg.
Immanuel Nyambali and Patrick Orange of Namibia placed sixth with 70 fish at 245,33kg, and in seventh place was fellow Betsie du Toit and Johan Agenbag with 52 fish weighing 202,07kg.
Du Toit also caught heaviest carp which weighed a whopping 7,92kg – a new Species Angling
Namibia closed record, as well as a new Hardap Dam record.
“Species Angling Namibia would like to thank the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Fisheries and Herman Mouton, our official, and the Stampriet Historical Guesthouse and staff, for hosting the event,” SAN said in a statement.
Financial constraints meant Namibia missed out on the World Carp Championships held in Romania in September, which the hosts won.
“It is unfortunate, but evident that smaller Namibian sport codes do not receive the necessary financial support from either government, through the Namibian Sport Commission, or private sector to detriment of our Namibian sporting fraternity,” SAN said.