Let It Swim Tigerfishing Tournament – 2013


An excerpt from the African Fisherman

The 2013, 16th Let it Swim Tigerfi shing Tournament saw 165 anglers in attendance fishing off 56 boats with many of them taking advantage of the decent weather and arriving a couple of days before the Friday start.

For the second year in a row the weather was sent to test us and from a high of around 34°C on Thursday the mercury dropped to 20°C on the Friday and Saturday with steady rain for the duration of the comp. The water temperature maintained at between 23 and 24°C throughout though and from an angling point of view, this year was very successful with in excess of 40 qualifying tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) boated, measured, photographed and returned to the water, with the minimum qualifi er of 500mm and the largest, two nice hen fish of 665mm (+- 4.6 – 5kg). In total there were nine fish over 600mm that were recorded – a vast improvement on last year.

If the poor weather wasn’t enough the campsite and surrounds were without power for the best part of 18 hours and so with no power and poor signal a decision was taken to accept qualifying photographs via MMS and not email. The score-station was relocated and we were very kindly hosted by Lindy Rippon of Shayamoya Tigerfi shing and Game Lodge some 10km away where coms were set up and we were able to continue, alternating between a genset and battery power.

With the change from email to MMS it was still absolutely necessary to enter accurate angler number, time, length and species data and forward this together with the qualifying image through to the score-master for validation. Whilst there were a few entries disallowed after vetting, none of these affected the top results and overall the system appeared to work given that there were in excess of 40 qualifying fish successfully sent through. The IT and Coms lads have already started figuring out how best to harness and use satellite technology more effectively for the 17th Let it Swim TFT, due to take place on the 11th and 12th April 2014.

The top angling results, based on length and not weight, were as follows:-

1st Place – Paul Knock – 665mm (11h10) – Winning a 15hp Titan Outboard motor kindly sponsored by Titan Outboards and presented by Wesley Danielis.
2nd Place – Hennie Naude – 665mm (13h26) – Winning a two night stay for two at the Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge kindly sponsored by Lindy Rippon
3rd Place – Cassie Kotze – 650mm – Winning a weekend stay at Lords of the Manor Boutique Hotel kindly sponsored by Brian and Louise Robinson
Team Prize (Most Tigerfish Recorded) – Team Over Africa – Matthew Orchard, Daryl Scott and Chris Vet with fi ve qualifiers and 14 under 500mm
Biggest Barbel – Hans Kruger – 480mm

In addition to the winners mentioned, anglers received angling prizes African Fisherman Magazine subscriptions, raffle prizes, giveaways and shirts kindly sponsored by:- African Fisherman Magazine, M TOOLcc, Okuma, Antalis SA, MJH Machine Tools cc, Outdoor Warehouse, CMH Commercial, Altrisk, Glodina Sport, Rudolf Group, Bell Equipment, Peters Papers, Emcom, Sappi, Eco Press, Labelcote, Shave and Gibson, Kingfisher, Randal Poultney Master Jewellers, Castle Lager, Self Copy Papers, Susman Engineering, Smelly Fingers Fishing Club and Pub, Kendall and Strachan, Tarocube (PTY) Ltd, Southern Ambition 455 CC, Maximum Equipment, DMS Durban Mailing Services, McCabe de Villiers Insurance Brokers, John Turner, Derek Morris, Radio-Pro and Dimple Paper

This year the Let it Swim TFT ‘went big’ with the raffl e when Natalie Knibbs of Africa Memories Travel managed to secure some absolutely awesome tiger fi shing and safari getaways. Not only did the anglers fi sh hard but they also dug deep into their pockets and it gives me great pleasure on behalf of all of them and the Let it Swim TFT to be able to say that an amount of R20 000 will be donated, for conservation, to the Wildlife ACT Fund – see www.wildlifeact.com. Details of this contribution and the top results of the tournament will be made available on the offi cial website shortly www.letitswimtft.co.za

The top raffle prizes were as follows:-

1st Prize – Roop Ramdhani – Baines River Camp, Zambia – three night stay for two at this luxurious camp on the Zambezi River valued at R30 000
2nd Prize – Bradley Ansell – Ichobezi River Lodges, Namibia – two night stay for 2 at the Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and one night on the Ichobezi Luxury Safariboat valued at R24 000
3rd Prize – Ricky Lazenby – Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe – two night stay at this superb safari lodge situated on the banks of Lake Kariba valued at R12 000

These top raffle prizes were very kindly sponsored by:- Baines River Camp, Zambia, Ichobezi River Lodges in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge at Kariba, Zimbabwe and were arranged through Africa Memories Travel – www.africamemoriestravel.com / mailto:info@africamemories.com

A special mention to the following individuals and companies for their invaluable contributions and support towards the printing, computer logistics and website, photography and video, apparel, catering:- Knoxprint, Kendall & Strachan Printhouse, UVP Pro Bind, Repro Signs, Brett Shelley (PCE Technical), Robert Perry (Integrated IT Solutions), Dean George (Liquid Orange Designs), Dave Nisbet (Dave Nisbet Photography), KulumaTV.com, Ghoti Gear, Cheryl Johnston (Flying Colours Corporate Design), Dries and Lea (Siyapheka Caterers) and Everest Ice.
Lastly, to Ferdi Myburgh of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and his team for facilitating the event.
In closing I would like to say, many thanks to all involved and Let it Swim looks forward to your continued support in April 2014 for the 17th TFT

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