With their three pairs, each allowed two rods, totalling 264 kg 450 gr (583 lb) the Africans managed a weight over 72 hours that was greater than the following pack of four combined!
Their winning pair GP Nel and Kobus Van Loggerrenbe dominated the catching with 38 carp for 211 kg 300 gr, fully 167 kilos clear of the silver medal pair from Italy.
Host team England, fishing in their own back yard and highly tipped to win, finished out of the medals in fourth slot as Linear proved a tough nut to crack. South Africa’s triumph made it three gold medals on the trot – another awesome display.
For the full match report, including how two bitter English aces who weren’t picked to fish so decided to help the South Africans with advice, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine!