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#16
Sharky, I may be wrong, but I heard that they were going to film the end result, unfortunately (and very tragically) some ESA members were sriously inured and 1 member was killed in a very bad car accident on the way to the LBSA final, so they may have been a bit preoccupied with that, as both occured simultaneously :blue-cry: Our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families.I have however not had an update yet, so it may well have been filmed. :blue-question:
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#17
Sad news indeed Bassboy.... :blue-sad:

Our condolences to the family and friends of the unfortunate casualty. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and those who got injured.... :blue-sad:


Just one question /request on the post.... Could we get details of areas of where the nets were so that we as anglers can keep an eye out for them.....???


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#18
This past week’s anti-poaching exercise has been a learning curve for all and while there were no arrests (yet) a lot was learnt and the next one is in the planning and raising funds stage. Next time we will need more boats to tow back confiscated boats and nets… more high speed Jet Skis to launch surprise attacks and a few other logistical issues. And more boats dragging grappling hooks looking for the gill nets…

Overall we were ecstatic with the results and those sonsofbitches know we are not gonna stop! We have to give Dean and his team a huge thanks for their time and effort… running around in the pitch dark looking for nets when the dam is so low with all the exposed structure can’t be fun… and then only getting 3 hours of sleep a night doesn’t help much either…

The SAP really stepped up to the plate and while they had reservations in the beginning they were onboard with the exercise when they realised the scale of the operation and that organised crime was certainly involved. There is no doubt that the relationship Dena has built up with them will serve to get much faster response times as well as their continued participation in the ongoing project.

Fab the areas the nets were collected were pretty much all over the dam. You may see the odd small gill net from time to time but those are not the ones causing the issue… it’s the gigantic ones they use during the night to literally scoop tons of fish at a time… by the time the sun is up and we arrive at the dam to fish the sonsofbitches are long gone!
Regards Rob
Vice President SABAA Natal
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#19
rob i know everyone thinks Kim (man in the madhouse) is a crazy fool...it might pay to speak to him and get him involved...you ask why...because he is seriously involved in the community...he has meetings with the locals every week...he knows what is going on around the dam..tell the people around the dam that the mercury in the fish will kill them and see how quikely they put a stop to it...make it a health issue with the locals and who knows you might get their support.

well done to all involved in the project.

i must say i take my hat off to bigB he puts his money where his mouth is...starting a website...sponsoring people...supporting projects like this.
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#20
Yip good idea Ian... I will chat to him on Saturday if he is there. There is also an African chap that is there with him sometimes and is very well spoken and educated.
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#21
and to you too rob for all the time and effort you put into the sport...instead on whining about what everyone is doing wrong...you get out and try make it better...good for you...keep up the good work.
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#22
Thanks Ian… it’s funny how one message like yours can make such a difference… being in the spotlight like I tend to find myself sometimes means that the occasional flack comes my way… and I have to say that I have learnt an awful lot about people in general and myself in particular in the last year or so… I am learning to remember what is really important and this whole bass fishing exercise I have been in for the last couple of years have been a wonderful ride and the addiction is big!

And the biggest lesson learnt is to life live to the full and enjoy every single minute of the addiction! And I do love this sport! And bass fisherman in general are a really great bunch of people! There is an automatic bond with fisherman!

And to all of you out there that have taught me things (and there are a great many of you and too many to mention) thank you! Please don’t stop… I haven’t learnt tot fish a crankbait yet!
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Regards Rob
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