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The USA Bass Team travels across the globe to compete at the World Angling Games on the Vaal River, in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
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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.
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.
15th BLACK BASS FISHING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
VAAL RIVER (Emerald Resort & Casino)
PERIOD OF THE EVENT
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).
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
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