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Catfish Chronicles: Part 1

It took three groundbreaking angling expeditions – two unsuccessful ones in 1989 followed by success in 1991, to set a new national record for South Africa’s largest indigenous fish, the African Sharptooth Catfish (Clarius gariepinus). The adventures of the anglers involved generated national and international interest and served to establish the lower Orange River as a world class venue for targeting really large Catfish. A leading angling magazine in those years, Hengel/Angling, published the expeditions, and here For Anglers presents them as noteworthy additions to our angling heritage. WORDS & IMAGES: Eugene Kruger

Under a cloudless, shimmering sky we trudged the last fifty meters or so to our new fishing spot, sweat dripping into our eyes and from chins into necks.

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