Perry Prinsloo, of Team Sakunda, was the single most successful angler in the Kariba Invitation Tiger Fish Tournament (KITFT) at Charara Harbour, landing 30 fish above the minimum one kilo over the three day competition.
His haul weighed in at a massive 76, 575 kg.
Second was Michael Stone, of Croco Motors Bull Sharks, with 28 fish totalling 61,389 kg and third Rodney Mackay reeling in 26 magnificent fighting tigers with a combined mass of 60,253kg.
Export cigarette manufacturers Remington Gold was the highest scoring team landing 60 fish totalling 169,875 kilos; Mainstay International (a major Gold sponsor of the annual angling extravaganza) came in second with maximum catch of 60 fish tipping the electronic Nicolas scales at 158,165 kg and in third place came Ultra Light Tackle Team Burn with 60 fish weighing 149, 680kg.
In fourth place was Sakunda, whose 60 tigers clocked up 146,825 kg; fifth were Macatak whose 58 fish haul weighed 143,460kg; sixth team, Stryke HG were back on 60 fish (as were the next 17 teams home) but their combined mass was down to 140,950kg.
In nearly 500 speed boats, more than 240 teams competed, from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Swaziland with individual fishermen from UK, Australia, New Zealand, Iraq and Saudi Arabia participating.
Next year will be the 50th anniversary of what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious, and demanding, freshwater big game fishing tournaments.
KITFT was founded within a year of the man-made lake opening in 1960.