PRESS RELEASE OF THE N.B.A.A.

ZONE 6 BASS FEDERATION ANGLING
TOURNAMENT –
MAGUGA DAM - SWAZILAND


P.O.Box 9680, Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: 0926461 – 379 025
Fax: (061) 379 000
Cell: 081 293 8916
Chairman: Neil Engelbrecht
neil@aucornamibia.com



14. August 2014


PRESS RELEASE OF THE N.B.A.A.

ZONE 6 BASS FEDERATION ANGLING TOURNAMENT –
MAGUGA DAM - SWAZILAND


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

The Namibian Bass Angling Association (NBAA) National Team will be taking part in the upcoming Zone 6
Bass Federation Angling Tournament competition, dated 8-12
th
September 2014.

This year will be the seventh year in succession, that the NBAA has selected a national team and
participated in the Zone 6 Bass Federation Tournament. The Zone 6 Bass Federation Tournament is hosted
by a different country each year and this year the tournament is to be held on Maguga dam, in Swaziland.

Located approximately 45 kilometres north of the Swaziland capital of Mbabane, Maguga dam is one of the
most impressive dams in southern Africa and a known big-bass venue. Fed by the Komati River this dam is
nestled in the beautiful mountains of the Hhohho Region in Swaziland.

Completed in 2001, holding 332 million cubic metres of water and covering an area of 1042 hectares,
Maguga dam is approximately twice the size of S. von Bach dam, near Okahandja. Maguga dam is known
for it’s large specimens of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides), with numerous fish over 4 kg’s having
been caught. The current dam record, stands at 5.4 kg’s.


The Zone 6 Bass Federation Tournament is currently the largest international bass fishing competition held
in Africa, with now six (6) countries participating, namely: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland,
Zambia and its newest member, Mozambique, who will be representing their country with a full national
team.

Zimbabwe and South Africa, could arguably be rated as the unofficial numbers two and three bass fishing
countries in the world, preceded only by the USA where bass angling is a highly paid, professional sport. In
last years Zone 6 Bass Federation Tournament, held at Lake Chicamba in Mozambique, Namibia managed
to beat South Africa and walked away with the bronze medal, behind winners Zimbabwe and second placed
Zambia.








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Each National Team of the upcoming Zone 6 Bass Federation Tournament in Swaziland comprises of
twelve (12) anglers, one reserve and one manager.

The Namibia National Bass Angling team will be represented by:
• Alec Williams
• Jandré Engelbrecht
• Lourens Delport
• Jacques Marais
• Anton Smit
• Anton de Wit
• Max Pieper
• Neels van Tonder
• Sonita Pienaar (Reserve)
• Richard Grant
• Thinus Williams
• Neil Engelbrecht (Captain)
• Jean-Pierre Judeel
• Hendrik Pretorius (Team Manager)
(See attached Team Photo)

All teams will arrive at Maguga Dam on Sunday the 7
th
September 2014. Monday and Tuesday have been
set aside for all national teams to pre-fish this venue. This will enable the teams to get to know the waters
and the fishing conditions a little better. The official competition then runs for the following three days.

It has to be borne in mind that the Namibian team is taking 6 boats along on the 1735 km journey. Added to
this, each two-man boat team will take approximately 400-500 kg of tackle, including a staggering 25-35
fishing rods per person.

The Namibian team has prepared well for this event. Team members were involved with weekly national
team meetings for team building, planning and strategy discussions. As much as possible information has
been gathered on the venue, with the hosts obviously keeping the information spread to a minimum.
Fortunately, Namibia has been on the venue in 2008 and 2009 respectively and we have good intelligence,
gathered from then. The Namibian team will have to still use the two practice days to pick apart the venue,
come up with a strategy and deduce tactics, of how to catch the heaviest bags each day, without overfishing
an area, on one specific day.

A sporting event of this nature, especially seen in the light of the logistical constraints of long travelling
distances and the large amount of tackle and gear that has to be taken along, would not be possible without
sponsors. The Namibian Bass Angling Association would therefore like to thank all sponsors who will have
made this sporting event possible.








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P.O.Box 9680, Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: 0926461 – 379 025
Fax: (061) 379 000
Cell: 081 293 8916
Chairman: Neil Engelbrecht
neil@aucornamibia.com





These sponsors to date are:

Bank Windhoek Ltd. Volkswagen Autohaus
The Sign Shop Aucor Namibia
Mr. Danie van der Merwe Hollard Namibia
Nampharm Tyre Rack
Gecko Car Rental Penny Pinchers
Cymot Gobabis Diensstasie
Old Mutual Namibia Computer Cable
Namib-Re Varkenelli Customs and Kistler Fishing Rods
Leojo Chemicals ASS Investments 199
Namibia Artificial Lure Angling Association Frametique
Mr. G. van Wyk Mr. N. Engelbrecht

Those anglers that participate have new enthusiasm and direction. This will affect the sport of bass angling
in Namibia as a whole, as experiences and techniques are shared with all bass anglers in Namibia. We
sincerely thank our sponsors for their involvement with and support of the Namibia Bass Angling
Association.

The National Team wishes to also thank the Namibia Federation of Freshwater Anglers and the Namibia
Sports Commission, for their administrative assistance provided which enables us to participate in the Zone
6 Bass Federation event as a National Team.

The Namibian Team of 2014 comprises of a strong team with a wealth of experience and an abundance of
individual skills. In the past few months these individual skills have been further honed and the team has
been preparing to work together as a formidable unit. We have every confidence that this team has the
ability to bring back top honours to Namibia, even though they will be fishing against world-class
competition.

Yours Sincirely,

Neil Engelbrecht
Captain of the Namibia Bass Angling National Team

081 – 128 2671




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NAMIBIA BASS ANGLING TEAM 2014





















NBAA NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS

(Back row from left to right: Alec Williams, Jandré Engelbrecht, Lourens Delport, Jacques Marais,
Anton Smit, Anton de Wit, Max Pieper, Neels van Tonder, Sonita Pienaar (Reserve), Richard
Grant, Thinus Williams)

(Front row from left to right: Neil Engelbrecht (Captain), Jean-Pierre Judeel, Hendrik Pretorius
(Team Manager))