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Tete Classic takes off

Tete Classic takes off

Tete Classic takes off
NICOLETTE KILLORAN

The rapidly expanding city of Tete in northwest Mozambique played host to the inaugural Tete Zambezi Tiger Classic. The weekend of 1-3 November saw 120 intrepid fishermen brave the Tete heat to catch the biggest tigerfish in the Zambezi River.

Under sweltering temperatures of close to 50 degrees Celcius, and braving waters teeming with crocodile and hippo, 32 boats launched onto the mighty Zambezi… And all in the name of the local Tete community.

Chingodzi, a suburb of Tete, is receiving a new block of classrooms thanks to WBHO as part of their sponsorship. Major Drilling is also working with a local orphanage to install a new borehole pump and tank system as part of their sponsorship pledge.

Hosted at Cafe del Rio on the banks of the Zambezi River, local business and foreign investors raised US$80,000 for the Tete community.

With the cooperation of local government departments, including the Department of Maritime, the Department of Fisheries, the Department of Tourism as well as the police and local municipality, the weekend was a roaring success with an estimated US$650,000 of economic spend going through the community from inception to completion of the event. And not all of that was in beer sales!

In fact, 300 cases of beer were consumed, along with 3,500kg of ice, 2,200kg of food and 12,000 litres of petrol. In vying for the biggest catch, 100km of fishing line was used, 2250 meals were consumed and buckets of sweat ran. There was no shortage in prizes to be handed out either, totalling close to US$20,000.

The winning team was the Tiger Holics with a total weight of 24.7kg. Second was the Tiger Fish Bandits with 24,4kg and third was Team Yamaha with 21kg.

Individually, the fisherman with the largest tiger was Wynand Welthagen of the Something Fishy team, with a total weight of 6.125kg. Next was Adrian Stapleberg of Team The Real Deal with a tiger of 5,75kg and third was Juan Reynecke of Tiger Fish Bandits with a catch of 5,625kg.

The fisherman with the biggest haul was Kelvin Windall of Team Yamaha with a bag of 16.98kg. Luck wasn't always on our fishermen's side - the team of WIME won the prize for worst luck as their boat sank in the marina. Tentative dates for 2014 have been set at 3-5 October.

More on the Tete Zambezi Tiger Classic:
New school block project

More from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (December 2013)

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Cahora Bassa & Tete Destination Profile