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Nqweba Carp Classic entrants donate catches to the Mayor
Date: 8th January 2014
A total of 43 anglers, including seven juniors, entered the 2013 Nqweba Carp Classic angling competition which was hosted by SANParks and held on Camdeboo National Park’s Nqweba Dam in December.
Some impressive bags were wrestled out of the murky water following inflows from the Sundays and Pienaars Rivers after good rains the week before the competition. Anglers threw down the gauntlet on the Saturday morning at 6AM and continued to decorate their hooks with an array of enticements until the Sunday morning until just before 9AM when the catches were weighed in at the recreation lapa at the park’s office.
Top honours went to Stanley Read who won a kudu for the heaviest bag which weighed in at 49.74kg. The second prize, for the heaviest carp, was won by Jan Bezuidenhout with a fish of 2.325kg while Mr A Kemp’s monster fish of 11.62kg won him third prize, for the biggest barbell, caught in the competition. Runners-up Tinus Vervey and Charles Moore won fourth and fifth prizes respectively for the carp and barbell that they landed.
The Junior Category (under 16 years of age) was won by Erns Mostert with a bag of 33.25kg while the heaviest specimen category prizes of R250 each (sponsored by Swancraft) were won by C Kemp with a carp of 2.685kg and Ivan Harmse with a barbell of 1.98kg. Lucky draws on offer including two “Buff & Polish” prizes also sponsored by Swancraft, valued at R500, as well as other sundry items were awarded to those whose numbers came up.
Anglers were given the opportunity this year to donate their catches to Mayor Hannah Makoba for distribution to the under-privileged. It is estimated that a total of 220kg of fresh fish was shared between Lizzie se Sopkombuis, Vuyani Safe Haven, Eliakim Foster Home and other ward councillors who distributed the spoils among the needy in their communities. Makoba thanked the anglers at the prize giving for their charitable spirit.
Graaff-Reinet Mayor, Hanna Makoba and Camdeboo National Park Field Rangers Berthwell Goliath and Andile Nofemele show off some of the fish donated to the needy citizens of Graaff-Reinet after the Nqweba Carp Classic.
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