2019 Black Bass World Championship South Africa

Capital City / Lake Murray Country

Capital City / Lake Murray Country

USA Bass is proud to have the support of Capital City / Lake Murray Country as the Title sponsor of the 2017 – 2020 USA Bass teams. 

Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, offers official visitor information for vacation planning, world-class fishing, boating, golf packages and fun and free things to do for the entire family. Lake Murray Country spans from metropolitan Columbia, historic Newberry, rural Saluda and the vibrant and fastest growing County of Lexington. 

Learn more about Lake Murray and vacation opportunities here.

Lake Murray

Lake Murray 

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits


If you know Gary Yamamoto like we do, you know his insatiable love for the sport of fishing is matched only by his obsession with producing the highest quality soft-plastic fishing lures on the market today.

Every bait is inspected by hand. What doesn’t pass inspection is recycled and re-used. Every year, 2.5 million baits are shipped world-wide.

We want to thank our customers for thinking so highly of our product and we wish you great success at the sport of fishing. Whenever you go fishing for fun with family and friends, whenever you’re in stiff competition, you honor us for making Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits a key part of your fishing trips and memories.

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits

Bass fishing

Bass fishing 



Sport Fishing World Games 2019 - South Africa


The South African Sport Anglers and Casting Confederation will act as the host for the 4th Sport Fishing World Games in South Africa after the hosting confirmation by CIPS (International Fishing Federation). Over the history of the Sport Fishing World Games it has always been a very important activity on the CIPS calendar. The fishermen always enjoy the games very much because of all the different World Championships which takes place simultaneously in one country. For the South Africa fishing community, these games will be the most important fishing activity in the history of the country. The fishermen from South Africa cannot wait to welcome all the fishermen and treat them with South African hospitality.

Hosted Championships include: Black Bass, Big Game, Carnivorous Boat, Carp, Feeder, Ladies Course Ladies Shore, Masters Fly, Masters Course, Masters Shore, Due Shore, Senior Shore, Freshwater Bank, and Light Table Boat Sea Fishing.

2019 USA Bass Team - South Africa Team

Chris Hensley

Chris Hensley

Ron Colby

Bass fishing Team

Mark Schlarb

Bass fishing Team

Gene Covello

Ron Colby and Gene

Jack Dice

Jack Dice

Shawn Hennings

Bass fishing

Team Managers

John Knight

John Knight and Ben Blegen

Ben Blegen

Ben Blegen


Opening Ceremony

All the Nations are to go to the gathering point of the opening ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Johannesburg. A street parade will start at 10:30 am to the Sandton Convention Centre. The opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the Sport Fishing World Championships will take place in Johannesburg, on Saturday, February the 9th 2019, at 11:00 am, at the Sandton Convention Centre.  After completion of the Opening Ceremony, the Nations’ Teams can join the destinations of their championship.


VAAL RIVER (Emerald Resort & Casino)


From Friday, February the 8th 2019 (arrival of participating Nations)

To Friday, February the 15th 2019 (departure of participating Nations)


The competition will take place Vaal River, Emerald Resort & Casino, Vanderbijlpark.  The competition venue will be the Vaal River. The competition venue is approximately 50Km long and is bordered by natural vegetation.  Depth ranges from 1meters to 7 meters.

The common fish species in the Vaal River are Large Mouth Black Bass and other species like carp, sharp tooth catfish, mudfish, yellowfish and bream (tilapia).

Program South Africa Bass World Championship 2019

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Departures flights to South Africa, 

Thursday 7th February 2019

Arrival to South Africa, Johannesburg, O. R. Tambo International Airport

Friday 8th February 2019

Lion Safari Park

Accreditation of delegation 

Saturday 9th February 2019

Mandela Square, Sandton City for Opening Ceremony

Opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the Sport Fishing World

Sunday 10th February 2019 

Practice Day One

Monday, 11th February 2019 

Practice Day Two

Tuesday, 12th February 2019 

Tournament Day One

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 

Tournament Day Two

Thursday, 14th February 2019 

Tournament Day Three

Prize Giving Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Friday, 15th February 2019

Departure for Flights

Championship News

The 2019 championship was successful and all team members fished to the best of their abilities. The boats and skippers were top notch and the host organization, SABAA, provided excellent food and lodging.  The weather was challenging with daily storms, lightning, and water that was off color and filled with debris. The team battled not only the other nations, but also rain, jet lag, and sickness. Each team member shared, evaluated, strategized, and found value in each other. The group became a team through hardship and difficulties. We did not see the podium, however the team was not disappointed, they left full of pride knowing they did their best as one. The team may not have won a medal, but won the respect of each other by coming together through fortitude and effort. Well done gentlemen! USA Bass placed 9th in the world and looks forward to the next bass world championship.

Watch these videos to see the Bass and other World Championships at these 4th World Fishing Games