Best bass anglers awarded

10 March 2019 | Sports

Jürgen Geiger and Johan Coetzee were the top achievers of the 2018/2019 Namibia Bass Angling Association (NBAA) season.

Both were recognised for their achievements at a prize giving ceremony held in Windhoek last weekend.

Geiger, the 2018 Bank Windhoek National Tournament Trail Angler of the Year, said: “It is a privilege to claim this trophy for the second time after being a member of the NBAA for 15 years. It is also terrific to see how the standard of the sport has grown.”

Coetzee scooped the Bank Windhoek National Championship Award, followed by André van Vuuren and Thinus Williams who took the second and third spots respectively. Nic Kruger went home with the award for Most Improved Bass Angler of the Year.

“Nic had a great year, ending in the top positions at all competitions. He is improving at a rapid pace and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future,” said NBAA's chairman, Richard Grant.

The 2018 Bank Windhoek National Tournament Trail was significant for the NBAA, with the weigh master and tournament director handling 546 bass, weighing in at over 420 kg. The average weight per fish stood at 770 grams.

Max Pieper won the Biggest Bag of the Five Fish Award for the year which totalled 7.251 kg. The Second Heaviest Bag for 2018 at 6.762kg, went to Coetzee who also won the Heaviest Bass Award which stood at 3.660kg, followed by Max Pieper, with a bass of 3.462kg.

Collette Carstens was awarded as the Most Valuable Executive Committee member for her dedication to the NBAA.

Bank Windhoek has been the main sponsor of NBAA for the past seven years and recommitted to supporting the 2019 edition of the National Tournament Trail.

Fresh stock

During 2018, the NBAA stocked Namibian bass venues with imported fingerlings for the first time in 18 years. Fresh genes where introduced to strengthen the existing pool. “Such success stories make us proud to be associated with the NBAA who make sure that our fish are also preserved for generations to come,” said Bank Windhoek's Coordinator of Sponsorships and Events, Suzette January.

The first contest of the 2019 Bank Windhoek Tournament Trail is scheduled to take place at the Von Bach Dam on 30 March. Prior to the start of the new season, the NBAA hosts its first junior development event of the year in collaboration with Scouts of Namibia at the Von Bach Dam on Saturday, 16 March 2019.

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