Grumpy’s fishing report

This week’s report is about the annual Crockango Angling Competition.

This event is held about 80 kilometers east of Rundu on the mighty Okavango River. It is one of the top prestigious angling events for the year and is hosted by the Crockango Angling Club. The club owns (or should I rather say lease) a piece of land equipped with great ablutions, camping areas and hot showers. The site can also accommodate all the participating anglers. There is even generator-driven electricity available!

The Crockango Angling Competition host about 50 boats with three-man or two-man fishing teams. The river is in flood at the moment. This makes the fishing rather tricky as a lot of the fish are now in the flood plains. The boats cannot reach these areas as it’s too risky with the outboard motors on the boats. The propeller is the lowest part of the boat and hence the first part that would hit a rock. This could mean the end of the angling competition. The good news however is that one can easily float with the use of rapids as these are now deeper.

The competition started on 1 May and finished on 4 May. That meant a total of four days of fishing with the aim to catch a variety of fish. These include tigerfish, nembwe, barbel, squeeker and a host of tilapia species such as humpbacks, thinface, three spot and red breast to name a few. Some of these fish can be caught on artificial lures while others can be targeted with bait such as worms and chicken liver.

Entry fees and the kind donations of sponsors made for some epic prizes running into a few hundred thousand Namibian dollars. Having said that one can understand why the anglers compete in this prestigious event.

I was lucky enough to fish in the Caprivi Adventures team with teammates Riaan Bester and Wouter Langhout. Tight lines!