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 Pierre Bosch (SABAA President), Wendy Watson (Secretary/Treasurer), Craig Fraser (Western Division President), Mark Gibson (Eastern Division President), Martin Fereirra (Northern Division President), Kevin Hyem (Southern Division President), Tim Williams (Natal Division President), Barry Grove (Junior President) and Albert Olivier (Honourary Executive member).
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 SABAA Nationals 2014 was held at Inanda Dam from the 4 - 9 August 2014, hosted by Natal Division. Wessie Wessels headed up the organising committee and did an out-standing job, congratulations to you and your team. The following anglers took top honours:
Guy Paulet - SA Champion 2014
Kieron Samkin - Wrangler Angler 2014
Guy Paulet - Lunker of the Tournament
Adrian Luff - Rookie of the Year
Braam Wahl - Comeback Angler
The following anglers received Protea nominations: Kieron Samkin ; Casper Knoetze ; Craig Fraser ; Darryl Quinton ; Shane Estran ; Marc Bywater ; Justy Varkevisser ; August Lingnau ; Carl Gutzeit ; Gregory Schluep ; Ruan Wahl ; Brendon van Zuydam ; Harold Roberts (Reserve)
The following anglers received President Team nominations: Guy Paulet ; Allan Baker ; Brett Edmunds ; Rudi Dreyer ; Rowan Timmer ; Colin Till ; Carlos Silva ; Wayne Louw ; Braam Wahl ; Richard Eldridge ; Gerrit Nortje ; Alastair Graham ; Glen Naude (Reserve)
Congratulations to you all.
Both the President's test against Zimbabwe and the Zone 6 events will be held from the 7th September up to and including the 12 September. The President's test will be held in Zimababwe at Claw dam. Guy Paulet will manage the team and Dean Searle will captain the team. The Zone 6 event will be hosted by Swaziland and held at Maguga Dam. Martin Ferreira is the manager of this team.
Inter-Provincials will be held later in September from the 19th - 24th September. This year the event will be hosted by Southern Division at the Vaal River.
The World Championships will take place in Mexico from the 4th - 9th November at Lake Vicente Guerro, 250 km from Motterey City.
Japie Botha will compete for a berth in the Bassmaster Classic when he competes in the Federation Championship which will be held Ouachita River, Louisiana from the 3 - 8 November.
We'd like to wish all anglers taking place in these events or competing to qualify for these events tight lines.
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.