LOWRANCE SOUTH AFRICA Lowrance Issue 18 - Page 10

African Fishing Union PRESIDENTS TEST 2018 Congratulations to our victorious Presidents Test team who came home from Lake Mteri in Zimbabwe with the magnificent winners trophy and their heads held high! Anglers from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia (Namibia’s first foray into the Presidents Test) battled it out for three days in difficult conditions. The horrible cold front which hit South Africa also reached Zim’s Lowveld area – affecting the spawning patterns of the Bass and forcing the anglers to rethink their catching strategies. Fish that usually spawn in 1 – 4 ft shallows moved to areas between 6 – 20ft – proving to be a new challenge. Our Brand Ambassador; Charl Engelbrecht, says he and his fishing partner Stephan Britz, used the Lowrance HDS Carbon 12 and 9 units and an Elite 9 Ti, with BassCoZa Historical Satellite Maps to find channel edges and offshore rockpiles with trees where pre-spawn fish could be found. For the first time Charl also used the brand-new Power-Pole Blade Shallow Water Anchors which proved invaluable in the heavy winds. “We were able to secure our boat on the spot quickly and silently (without having to fight with a trolling motor) and we could fish slower with more accurate casting. The Power- Pole Shallow Water Anchors are truly Swift. Silent. Secure.” Each of the three nations taking part in this annual tournament featured six boats in a team with two anglers per boat. The five fish limit per boat per day protected the fish and was rated at 0.5 points per fish and one point per kilogram. 225 Fish were caught over during the tournament averaging 1.910kg. Congratulations to Greg Schluep and Jonathon Schroder for taking top boat weighing a three-day bag of 15 fish for 37kg. That’s an average of just under 2.5kg per fish! This bag included Greg’s big fish of the tournament - a fish of 4.58kg. Charl says, “The Presidents Test was absolutely AMAZING! What an honour to represent my country and the South African Bass Angling Association! Thank you and congratulations to my fellow team members, sponsors, supporters and competitors who took part and helped us fish in this prestigious event!” He added that Mike Steyn and Pierre van der Merwe’s management was on another level!