South African teams learning the sport

LEESBURG, Fla. – Micahel Matthee and Glen Naude watched wide-eyed from off stage as a pair of teams weighed 20-plus pound limits of Florida-strain bass on Day 1 of the Bassmaster Team Championship.

Those hefty bags, and two more that exceeded 20 pounds, set the bar on Wednesday when 194 of 197 competing teams weighed fish. In all, 35 states and three different countries were represented on the Harris Chain of Lakes here in central Florida, where bucket-mouthed bass are commonplace.

When it was Matthee and Naude’s turn to weigh their own catch, the South Africa anglers presented only three bass that weighed a total of 6 pounds, 12 ounces. It could have been a humbling moment considering the big bass weighed moments earlier, but Matthee and Naude couldn’t have been more pleased with the…

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