Welcome to the official home of the South Africa Bass Angling Association. We would like to welcome you to our new site and would also like to thank Rob Fisher and his dedicated team at Always Active Technologies (www.aat.co.za) for creating it.
A quick introduction and what we, at SABAA, are all about. SABAA is the official body for Bass angling in South Africa and is the only body that can award National colours for Bass angling. We consist of 5 Divisions and it is through Divisional trials that an angler qualifies for the National Championships, whereby the top 10 anglers from each Division compete against each other. From these anglers our President and Protea teams are selected as well as the coveted Wrangler Angler. The Wrangler Angler competes in the Bass Federation Nation Championship in the USA annually. The Presidents team compete against the Zimbabwean Presidential team and the venue alternates between South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Protea team competes in the Zone 6 International against Namibia, Zambia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. A new addition to our calendar is the participation of the top 6 Protea anglers in the World Bass Angling championships. Each Division comprises of 2 or more Provinces and anglers can qualify for their Provincial teams and earn themselves Provincial colours. The 15 provincial teams compete against each other, in an 8-man team competition. Both our National and Inter-Provincial events are rotated amongst the 5 divisions. Our Junior competitors hold their own Nationals, but qualify much the same way as the Seniors, and are assisted by our very dedicated Junior executive.
Each Divisional President holds a post of Vice President on the SABAA executive. Our current executive consists of Albert Olivier (SABAA President), Wendy Watson (Secretary/Treasurer), Craig Fraser (Western Division President), Mark Gibson (Eastern Division President), Martin Fereirra (Northern Division President), Pierre Bosch (Southern Division President), Tim Williams (Natal Division President) and Kevin Fisher (Junior President).
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Werner August Leonard Lingnau is the new South African Largemouth Bass record holder for catching a fine speciman of 6.45kg at Bloemhoek Dam, Kroonstad on the 20 October 2012. Well done August, a prize catch indeed!
The National championship was hosted by southern Division on the Vaal River from the 15 September to the 20 September and what a Naionals it was. To Pierre Bosch and his team, well done on an excellent National Championship. It has certainly raised the bar. To August from Southern Division, who won the event, his first ever National Championship, an excellent result. Japie Botha, from Northern Division, was crowned the Wrangler Angler. Well done Japie. Check out the full scoresheet from Nationals on the results page.
The Inter-Provincial Championship was held at Wriggleswade Dam, hosted by Eastern Division, from the 14 - 18 October. Thank you Eastern division for a well executed and most enjoyable Inter-Provs. Natal Coastal Province won this event with a convincing lead. Mark Allen and Carlo Talanda, from the same Province, lifted the honours for heaviest bag.
Alastair Graham fished the Federation Championship in the United States and although he didn't earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic, we are all very proud of his achievement. Well done Alastair
The Protea team competed in the World Championships held in Cordoba, Spain and finished 2nd. An excellent achievement! The team arrived at King Shaka airport wearing their silver medals and holding their trophy high. Well done Kieron Samkin, Brendon van Zuydam, Shane Estran, Trevor Brown, Gregory Schluep, Hendrik Korf and Rob Fisher. Well done team!
SABAA would like to thank Barry Grove, the Southern Division Junior President and National Junior President, for his dedication, hard-work and committment to the juniors. His efforts have yielded incredible results for the division on both the Junior and Senior levels. Please take a moment to click on the link and check out the amazing work Barry is doing.
SABAA recently part sponsored Dr Mike Allen from the USA (University of Florida and a columnist for Bass-Times)to collaborate with Dr Olaf Weyl (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity) in his research of our bass fisheries. Dr Olaf Weyl puts considerable time and effort into researching our fisheries and has found a need for them to be managed so that their economic benefits are maximised and their impacts mitigated. Please click on the link for the report on Dr Mike Allen's visit.
Objection to Draft Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill 2013
Entries to the 2014 Mercury Amatola Bass Classic are now open!
Click here or on the poster below to download the entry form.
The dates for the 2014 Albert Falls Classic are:
Registration, Friday 29 August
Fishing days - 30 August - 31 August
Entries are for this year's Albert Falls tournament are now open.