Disabled Flyfishing Bonanza

Disability is more a motivation for two disabled Lowvelders who bagged three of the biggest prizes at the 11th Annual Nedbank/Curamus Fly Fishing Competition for the Disabled. Nedbank has sponsored the competition for ten years, and the Belfast Fly Fishing Association hosted this year’s event. Top prizes included R10 000 and fly fishing gear. (Picture: Top prize winner for the heaviest trout (1.8kg) was Martin Buys. Mr. Andy Scott from Nedbank presented the trophy. )

Boeta Roux and Elias Mhonto were first-time participants. Roux, a learner at the Dasha School in Nelspruit, not only won the prize for the third heaviest bag of three trout (R2.9kg) but caused much excitement when he caught two tagged fish. He shared the R10 000 cash price for tagged fish with Johan Crouse from Pretoria.

Elias Mhonto from KaNyamazane, a member of the Lowveld Association for the Disabled, was the first newcomer to land a hefty trout tipping the scales at 1.3kg. His mastery of a perfect one-handed rolling cast eventually saw him adjudged the most improved angler during the competition. (Picture: Elias Mhonto received the Most Improved Angler Award from Andy Scott from Nedbank.)

53 disabled people from as far away as Kimberley, Durban and Bloemfontein took part, including three Nelspruit children with Down’s syndrome. 60% of participants came from rural Mpumalanga and had never fished before. And, for the first time ever, two blind competitors also took part.

The heaviest bag (consisting of three trout) was won by Johan Crouse from Pretoria with a total weight of 3.2kg. The second heaviest bag (3kg) was won by Danie Jacobs from Polokwane with Roux in third place.

The top prize for the heaviest trout went to Martin Buys from Pretoria. He broke the competition record of 1.49kg with a monster trout of 1.8kg. Eddie Leonard from Belfast came second with a 1.5kg trout with Tinus van Jaarsveld from Pretoria third with a trout of 1.3kg. Andy Scott and Graham Jones of Nedbank presented prizes to the winners. (Picture: Nedbank’s Andy Scott presents the trophy to Johan Crouse for the heaviest bag of trout (3.2kg).)

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