Record Breaking Results

Mist and drizzle greeted the finalists of the TOPS Corporate Challenge Final this last weekend, which not surprisingly didn’t put even a slight damper on the atmosphere of the opening evening at the legendary Notties. But, with over half a Million Rands worth of holidays up for grabs and every person guaranteed to win one of them, you can understand why. Tiger fishing Trips to Matoya, Ichingo, Royal Zambezi, Redcliffs and Shayamoya coupled with yellow

Browns and Rain

The elusive Brown Trout finally graced us with their presence in the 3rd Leg of the TOPS Corporate Challenge. Why is as much a mystery to me as it is to the anglers who were fortunate enough to have them come to the party. That wiley Browns love a cold miserable day is common knowledge, with low light, overcast conditions making them comfortable enough to move throughout the water column. Yet with a blue sky

20 000 Trout

The decrease in water temperatures certainly increased the activity on the fishing front in the 2nd leg of the TOPS Corporate Challenge, with more fish over 50cm being caught and released than in previous years. But yet again, the celebrations started on the Thursday opening ceremony and continued until the culmination of prize giving on Saturday. The weather couldn¹t have been more picture perfect, with blue skies only momentarily obscured by clouds that didn¹t produce

Off to a Flyer

For many years I’ve stated that this event has little to do with fishing, but this weekend I had to genuinely ask the question are the guys really here for the fishing…such was the festivities. When a quarter of the field saunters onto water mid morning you know that the TOPS Corporate Challenge is all about the time spent celebrating with old friends and enjoying the atmosphere at the legendary Notties. But the anglers who

Nottingham Estates

We were recently invited to go and fish on a private game and citrus farm in Southern Zimbabwe, not far from the town of Beit Bridge, called Nottingham estate. The farm covers 20 000 hectares of mostly wild bush, with plenty of wildlife, including elephants, hyena and leopard. The dam that we went to fish in is called Mashilichokwe, and is around 7km long. The fishing retreat is a peaceful lodge, built amongst some big