WildGuys get Dual Sponsorship for 2016 Tops Corporate Challenge

The Tops at Spar Corporate Challenge (TCC) celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year. This is the premier fly-fishing event in South Africa and is designed for corporates to entertain their clients or just to take a break from the pressures of everyday corporate life. The event is fun, competitive and exciting – an adventure of the highest order and also facilitates a networking platform to socialise with fellow corporates.

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Established in 2001, the Corporate Trophy Challenge continues to attract and enthuse entrants from all over Southern Africa. Hosted on the exclusive Wildfly Waters in the foothills of the Drakensberg, it provides a setting and atmosphere second to none. With each team guaranteed to fish 8 of the 15 exclusive trout waters, the bias of a dam draw is also negated. Bottom line is that to a large extent you take out the highly competitive nature of the event, as every fisherman realizes that this festival has a lot more to do with than just fishing. Each team experiences a long weekend of fishing festivities that only the legendary Notties Hotel can provide.

 

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Since the inception of this gathering, over thirteen thousand trout have been caught and released in these exclusive still waters. On the water, four colleagues challenge fellow competitors over two days. The format rewards average size and consistency of catch over the four fishing sessions. Each team earns a combined score that gives them a ranking which is carried through each session.

The top five teams from each leg stage makes it through to the illustrious final…

The WildGuys would like to thank the Growler Brewing Company & pm.ideas for the sponsorship. For the first time ever, the WildGuys will be entering three (3) teams into the tournament. All members have nicknames infamously dubbed from antics in previous tournaments:

WildGuys
• Wian Terblanche (First in – Last out)
• Jan Steyl (Hunky Bugger)
• Pieter van der Merwe (Old Style Hopper)
• Keith Nethercote (Speedy Loops)

Growler WildGuys
• Scott Hamilton (Wader Raider)
• Bryan Bean (Megaladon)
• Ashley Boag (Nomad)
• Quinton Heydra (Timberman)

pm.ideas WildGuys
• Edwin Bean (Footloose)
• Sean van Rooyen (Windknot)
• Andrew Strachan (Osbloed Evanesce)
• Rajendra Dhaniraj (Lone Ranger)

All teams will be fishing the third leg of the tournament which will run from 7 to 10 July 2016. If one or more teams are placed in the top 5 positions, they will be competing in the final which is scheduled from 28 to 31 July 2016.

Trout Colours

Pike on Fly in a snowy Amsterdam

On route to a buisness trip in Spain we decided to do a quick detour via Amsterdam to target the aggresive Northern Pike on fly. a Quick google search yielded tons of dutch results, but the first english wesite was that of certified fishing guide Mike Dijkstra. We booked a day with him via e-mail and arranged our travel and accomodation accordingly.

The Northern Pike (Esox lucius) gets its name from its resemblance to the pole-weapon known as the pike. Its binomial name translates to ‘Pitiless water-wolf’ as “esox” means ‘pitiless’ and “lucius” means ‘water-wolf’. Various other unofficial trivial names are: American pike, common pike, great northern pike, Great Lakes pike, grass pike, snot rocket, slough shark, snake, slimer, slough snake and northern gator – due a head similar in shape to that of an alligator.

The northern pike is a relatively aggressive species, especially with regards to feeding. For example, when food sources are sparse, cannibalism develops. This cannibalism occurs when the ratio of predator to prey is two to one.

Pike are capable of “fast start” movements, which are sudden high-energy bursts of unsteady swimming. Many other fish exhibit this movement as well but most fish use this mechanism to avoid life-threatening situations. For the pike, however, it is a tool used to capture prey from their sedentary positions.

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Mike picked us up from our hotel at 8:30 and suggested we go to a natural lake where we could fish of boats. The weather was not on our side with overcast skies and breezy winds. We arrived at our location about 30 minutes later where Mike offered us a warm cup of coffee and some oilskins… He then gave us each a fly that looked like a marlin lure… These flies are about 40 cm in lenght and it was then when I realized why he told us to bring our 9 weight outfits…

We fished in a mixture of snow and sleet and lost all feeling in our hands, on top of that casting a 40cm fly even on a 9 weight was not an easy task… Later during the day the weather subsided and I decided to change to a local tigerfish fly which we took with… This proved much easier to cast and I could get some proper distance between myself and the fly…

It was when the sun eventually produced itself and the clouds dissapeared, that a little pike decided to come out and play… He grabbed my tiger fly with such verocity that I almost lost the rod…

after a minute or two I had him next to the boat, I asked Mike to remove the fly after seeing his teeth, we took a quick photo and allowed him to roam free again… I beleive we would have had a lot more success in better weather conditions but at least I have another species on my cv and a tick on the bucket list.