Toyota Barbel Competition.
The Toyota Annual Barbel Competition recently held at Inyankuni Dam 70km south of Bulawayo attracted 60 teams.
The tournament started at 8am on the Saturday and ran through to 12 noon on Sunday. Three weigh-ins were conducted during this period. Most anglers appeared to camp out with their families where their braai fires and lights could be seen dotted all around the dam.
When the weigh bay opened at 3.30pm on Saturday after the first leg the catches were impressive which set the trend for the event. All the fish caught were released back into the dam after each weigh in. After the first session team Busters (Spike & Justin Claassen) were in the lead with 30.710kg followed by team Always Thirsty (Brian Ellement and Holly York) with 21.420kg, while Kunda Thunder (G Mitchell and V Whitehead) with 17.300kg were in third place.
Positions changed dramatically after the evening session. Team Busters remained in first place with 39.670kg followed by the Sils (Kim and Bronwyn Blignaut) with 22.120 up from 6th position. Team BLTC Great Wliites (Ethan & Paige Oxden-Willows (jnrs) were in third place with 22.040kg only 80 grams behind up from 9th place.
Some notable catches were biggest barbel 10.58kg by Brian Ellement, biggest barbel caught by a lady 9.82kg by Vikki Rosenfels and 2 1/2 year old Patrick Blignaut with an incredible 7.99kg barbel.
Hosts of the event Bulawayo Light Tackle Club would like to thank sponsors Toyota Zimbabwe Bulawayo for their generous support and to Dabec Fishing, Electrosalaes and Bulayawo Gift Box for their generous donations.
Results Winning Team--Seco Trophy Busters Spike & Justin (Jnr) Claassen 39.670kg 2nd Team The Sils Kim & Bronwy Blignaut 22.120kg 3rd Team Bite Great White Sharks Ethan & Paige Oxden-Willows 22.040kg (Jnrs) Individual Aggregate Overall--BLTC Shield Busters Justin Claassen (Jnr) 20.570kg Individual Aggregate Men--Vic & Jo Ireland Trophy Busters Spike Classen 19.190kg Biggest Barbel Always Thirsty Brian Ellement 10.580kg Winning Male/Female Team Always Thirsty Brian Ellement/Holly York 21.420kg Winning Senior/Junior Team--Ivan Rose Memorial Trophy Busters Spike & Justin Claassen 39.670kg Winning Ladies Team The Sils Kim & Bronwyn Blignaut 22.120kg Ladies Individual Aggregate The Sils Bronwyn Blignaut 16.630kg Ladies Biggest Fish--John & Jean Baker Trophy Big Fish Vikki Rosenfels 9.820kg Junior Winning Team BLTC Great Wliites Ethan & Paige Oxden-Willows 22-040kg Junior Individual Agregate--Jordan Smith Trophy Busters Justin Claassen 20.570kg Junor Individual Aggregate under 10--Kyra & Riley Trophy Balabala Barbel Emily Stanton 13.620kg Junior Biggest Barbel--Tex Stevens Trophy Big Fish Patrick Blignaut 7.990kg There were 205 barbel caught weighing 409.53kg, for an average weight 1.99kg