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    Default Mens A Nationals 2012 - KZN

    hey guys

    just thought i'd put a quick report down from this past weeks comp in Natal.

    fisrt things first, being my first Nationals i was seriously loooking forward to some awesome fishing and meeting all the big names and learning from anyone willing to share...

    it didnt disappoint! The group of guys fishing were great, very little politics and lots of beer! haha.

    WP came in first overall with die blou masjien coming in a close second.
    Boland came in third place.

    the fishing was tough and the later sessions were rough after the water had been lashed by so many guys.

    i managed a first in 3 sessions, a second and a dreaded blank in the 4th session.

    what a great tournament overall, well organised and great competitors!

    definitely looking forward to the next comp!

    please guys, those that fished in the comp, make comments and recounts of a few of the moments and memories... (Notties pub haha)

    thanks for a great experience!
    bushveld scalies - worth the blood, sweat and tears

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    Welldone Gary, that is quite an achievement at your first Nationals.
    The competition is never easy. Good to hear that politics was left at home.

    What waters did you guys fish? Were they closed off before the competition?
    Daryl Human

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    we fished 3 lakes sessions and 2 river sessions

    1. Longclaw lake
    2. Forest Lodge
    3. Meshlyn

    4. Lower Bushmans by the entrance
    5. Upper Bushmans and few km up.

    they were closed off before the comp. i think it was around 2 weeks before or so? not too sure.

    Meshlyn was the decider lake as it fished the slowest in the comp...
    (yup - i blanked here haha.)

    top 2 individually was:

    1. Jacques Marais (sp)
    2. Christiaan Pretorius
    bushveld scalies - worth the blood, sweat and tears

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    The comp was great.
    The guys had a lot of fun and Gary did very well, as it was his first SA's.
    WP managed to retain the crown for a third year running, but the guys from Gauteng North did a super job in chasing us.
    Boland ended up 3rd, which is also a super result as 3 of the team are newbies.

    This was a great tournament, as the conditions changed and each team had to continously change to adapt to the new conditions.

    A fish of about 14 pounds and 80cm plus straightenend a hook from Johan Ferreira. This is not a fishy story, as there were a couple of guys who saw the fish jump etc.
    Korrie Broos

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    Giants Cup or Giants Castle?
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    sjoe...think Giants Castle hey...can't remember offhand atm...

    i'll be heading off back that way in the next few weeks again...
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    Diz it was Giants Castle.
    I think we arrived a day or two after you chaps left.
    Sector 1 was near the champagne pools and sector two was from the parking to a bit above the chalets.

    I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone there! I had a spectacular time and met some awesome people, Louis, Maddy and Christiaan you boys are all legends But a massive thanks to Dan for all his hard work in making our team what it was and to the rest of our team for all that we did for eachother.

    Really looking forward to next time, and giving WP a run for their money
    "All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure." - Mark Twain

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    Hi Gary
    I also think it was a great comp. You are a real good fisherman and will go far in this scene if you keep on doing what you are doing.

    To my team: You where and are a great group of guys. You shared knowledge and small little tips that really pulled through. Thank you that I may have been part of the team.

    @Gazzarowan how about sharing some of the flies that worked for you?

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    Well, what can I say..

    It really was an awesome experience.. Meeting the lads from the other provinces was awesome. Some great anglers and lots to learn.. My highlight, I didn't blank Meshlyn.. Got a 2nd, 3rd and a 3rd or 4th with two blanks.. dropped a fish at the boat.. I managed a 17th overall

    Looking forward to the next one!!

    To my team.. Shot lads, it really was lakka missioning as a team and look forward to the trips and missions coming up!! Blou Masjien...

    Dan, shot for all the effort lad!!!

    WP... we on your heels.. Well done to you boys!! Superb lads and great team.
    Fly fishing, fly tying & rod building.....

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    Talking Wee Pee !!

    Wee Pee !! well done guys for bringing the Gold back to the Cape again and well done to NG and particularly Boland for their tremendous result.
    Well done to the organisers and all those taking part .

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