The local angling scene has officially cast off again, with angling enthusiasts taking to the water to reel in victory.
Following a month-long break, the Natal Fresh Water Angling Association (NFWAA) recently held its semi-finals of the Devland Imphuphu Knockout tournament.
Defending champions Itec Freespool went against Endumeni Angling Club (AC) from Glencoe in zone 4, while Chelmsford AC battled it out with Riverside AC from Dundee, at zone 2 at Richgate Park.
Itec Freespool ran rampant over its younger opponents Endumeni, securing 66 points to Endumeni’s 35 points. The ever-improving Riverside secured their win, by securing 65 points over Chelmsfords 52 points.
The heaviest carp was caught by Marcus David of Itec Freespool, weighing 4.320 kg. Roy Ajaudhia of Chelmsford reeled in the heaviest barbel, which weighed in at 5.454 kg. Both anglers received trophies and vouchers from Devland Imphupu.
The next NFWAA fixture will be the league 2 on November 20 at Sanford.
While Natal Fresh Water Angling Association held its semi-finals, the Angling Professional League (APL) hosted League 3 at Sandford on 20 October.
Ladysmith AC was unstoppable, amassing a staggering 164 points. Their main rivals, Breakwaters had to settle for the second position, scoring 93 points.
Following in third place is Dannhauser AC, which is obtained 64 points. Stillwaters scored 60 points; followed by Challengers on 57 points and Glencoe on 11 points.
The VME League Log standing sees Ladysmith AC in the lead with 34 points; followed by Breakwaters with 32 points; Dannhauser with 23 points; Challengers on 17 points; Stillwaters with 12 points and Glencoe on 8 points.
The titleholders for the season so far are Ahmed Yusuf Amedjee from Dannhauser Angling Club for the heaviest scaled fish category a carp of 4,742kg. Haroon Bosman from Ladysmith Angling Club won the title for heaviest non-scaled fish category, a Barbel of 6,540kg and Albert Van Niekerk from Breakwaters AC with the rare species category, a Kurper of 540g.
Talia Boodhoo from Stillwaters AC scooped the title of Junior Angler of the Year; while Maggie Freeman from Challengers AC secured the coveted title of Lady Angler of Year. Dan Govinder from Ladysmith AC won both Senior Angler and Angler of Year categories.
The next APL fixture shall be the Transnat Knock Out Eliminator on November 3, at Sandford with the top four clubs progressing to the semi-final.
With competition proving to be intense among the clubs, tussle for the top four spots will be fiercely contested.
Congratulations to all the anglers who performed exceptionally well in the two different leagues.