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Freeman reels in Port Edward Bass Classic title

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The South Coast Bass Association hosted the fifth annual Port Edward Bass Classic on Saturday.

Anglers came from as far as Pietermaritzburg to fish their pick of eight dams, with Kinderstrand serving as the main base of the competition.

Fishing was really tough due to dirty water from the recent rainfall, but this did little to deter the spirits of the anglers off all ages. Some dams produced no fish, while others produced fantastically.

The biggest bass of the competition was landed by Gareth Freeman, who had a most unique road to the title.

Freeman was called out to Mount Frere for a work emergency in the middle of the competition, rushed there and made it back in time to win the competition.

His 1.81kg catch netted him the bragging rights and a three-man Legend kayak.

Men’s winner Ian Logie (middle) with Jacques Mitchley (Legend Kayaks) and Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).
Men’s winner Ian Logie (middle) with Jacques Mitchley (Legend Kayaks) and Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).

The men’s and women’s biggest bass prizes were snapped up by Ian Logie (Legend kayak) and Britney de Bruyn (fishing tackle and vouchers), the Under-18 category was won by Joshua Fisher, who bagged a Ferral kickboat, while the Under-12 category was clinched by LJ Mitchely, who came away with a Pisces predator kickboat. Meanwhile, every junior angler received a packet of lures sponsored by Outdoor 365.

Women’s winner Britney de Bruyn with Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).
Women’s winner Britney de Bruyn with Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).

South Coast Bass Association chairman Manus Erasmus said the sunny weather and support from the anglers, farmers and fishermen made for another successful and enjoyable event.

“The weather was wonderful and farmers went out of their way to clean the dams of vegetation to enhance the fishing experience for anglers. We sincerely thank them for that!

Under-18 winner Joshua Fisher with Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).
Under-18 winner Joshua Fisher with Manus Erasmus (SCBA chairman).

“Our main sponsor Legend Kayaks brought 10 kayaks along for the anglers to use and the juniors thoroughly enjoyed that.

“We wish to thank the Kinderstrand resort for a wonderful venue and all the anglers and sponsors for their support.”

Erasmus added that the competition will be known as the South Coast Bass Classic from next year onwards.

Under 12 winner LJ Mitchley with his father Jacques and Pem Reynecke (Pisces Predator).
Under 12 winner LJ Mitchley with his father Jacques and Pem Reynecke (Pisces Predator).

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