TOURNAMENT FISHING: New Hanover Prep Bass Tourney

Presented for the 18th year on Saturday, 12 March, the annual New Hanover Prep Bass Farm Dams bass fishing tournament was a tremendous success. After not being able to host the event last year due to Covid, this year’s turnout certainly made up for it with a new record of 1 275 anglers participating that makes it the biggest bass fishing competition in the southern hemisphere!

Participants were spoilt for choice with 20 farm dams in the greater New Hanover area to choose from. The weather played its part and we were blessed with a lovely still morning and a beautiful sunny day. 


The first lines were in the water at 05:30 and a number of big fish were caught in the early hours of the day. Anglers could choose whether they wanted to “fish hard” at one dam throughout the day, or move along to a different venue. Lines were out of the water at 16:00 whereafter everyone made their way to Torwoodlea Dam (our “home” dam). As is tradition, from 17:00-17:45 the “Fish Off” competition took place at the Torwoodlea Dam just before the prize-giving. People who want to enter the “Fish Off” pay R100 each and the longest fish caught during this time wins R1 000. 

After the exciting “Fish Off” everyone made their way inside for the prize-giving. The junior winner for 2022 is Daniel du Plessis who caught a 54,5cm bass, and the senior winner is Jason Wing who caught the biggest bass of the day measuring 61,5cm. The individual dam winners were also richly rewarded. The traditional Lucky Draw is always a highlight and ended the day on a high. 

Friends, family and participants enjoyed the lovely food on offer and were welcomed with true NHP hospitality. New Hanover Prep School extends our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this event such a huge success. From our amazing sponsors, to the farmers, to our hard working NHP parents, and of course to everyone who came to fish and supported the event.

Also see video!

NHP children Ryan Hillermann, Deon Koch and Martin Koch enjoying the fishing competition.
Overall junior winner Daniel du Plessis and senior winner Jason Wing with their NHP “Get Reel, Go Fish” competition trophies.
Junior dam winners
Senior dam winners

March | April 2022 printed magazine is available at retail stores until 29 April 2022.

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