Zimbabwe, Zambia

Kariba & Middle Zambezi

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The fish which won a car

The fish which won a car

The fish which won a car
Gary Hume

The tiger fish came to the party at this year’s Kariba Invitation Tiger Fish Tournament which took place in October. Nearly 700 more fish were caught than last year – all the more significant considering that this year’s team entries were 113, eight down from last year. Anglers suggested that the warmer climatic conditions were owing to the tournament being held a few weeks later in the yearthan the 2013 event.

 

A total of 2,554 fish were weighed in with a total weight of 4,935kg and averaging 1.932kg each. In comparison, 2013 saw just 1,863 fish, weighing on average 1.963kg with a total of 3,656kg.

 

This year’s winning team was Charter Remington Gold, winning by a 3.5kg margin. Trek Petroleum created a stir by snatching second place from Charter Africom on day three of the tournament with an impressive 46.165kg third day haul.

 

A Chevrolet Utility sponsored by Autoworld Zimbabwe was the prize for the fisherman who caught the biggest tiger fish over 10kg. And it was Patrick Driscoll of team Charter Africom who stole the spotlight when he caught a 12.03kg leviathan on day one of the tournament, winning himself the brand new Chevy Utility.

 

Unfortunately the Catch and Release sub-tournament of KITFT was discontinued this year owing to the low level of interest shown by anglers toward the catch and release programme in the 2012 and 2013 tournaments.

 

“Our thanks to all anglers and support staff who added to the spirit of the largest four man single freshwater species tournament in the world. KITFT are very grateful for the continued support from our sponsors, helping make KITFT 2014 a success. Thank you to Isuzu, Ram Petroleum, Telecel and Zambezi who are our Gold sponsors of the tournament,” said KITFT vice chairman, David Whitehead.


The top ten teams of KITFT 2014 will contend for the ‘Test of  the Best’ title to be held in February 2015.