Area has something in common with Namibia

My eldest son, who is working in Namibia, had a pleasant surprise Sunday morning. His landlords invited him to travel about 75 km to a lake to watch their son take part in a bass fishing tournament.
He thought that they were kidding.
Namibia is extremely dry and the lake they travelled to was created by damming a river for water storage. It certainly was not big at roughly eight square miles.
There is a second lake of similar size nearby.
At home on Rainy Lake, Brendan has fished with me for bass and although our success rate has never been that high, we have caught some surprisingly good fish.
His lure of choice most often is a rattler or spinner bait, although before he left for Africa he had some success with a white X-rap.
Anyway, he and his landlords did travel to the lake, where about 30 anglers were on hand to fish for largemouth bass. The reservoir had been stocked with bass imported from Florida and, according to Brendan, some now run to six or seven pounds.
The big fish of the weekend tournament weighed in at only a little over two pounds.
Five of the teams sported big Ranger Bass boats powered by motors in excess of 200 h.p. that had been imported into Namibia at a cost in excess of $120,000. The boats arrive in Namibia in big steel containers.
I guess even in Namibia, some believe you have to be properly equipped to successfully fish bass.
Most other competitors were in much smaller boats that had motors from two-15 h.p.
The hot bait of the day was a blue Yamamoto Senko. Brendan tried fishing on Sunday, but wasn’t successful.
Locally, we have several bass tournaments coming up. They include Morson, the first International Falls tournament (using both the lake and the lower river), Atikokan, Nestor Falls, and Sioux Narrows.
Just as the bass in Namibia were transplanted, the small and largemouth bass that will be caught in the local tournaments are all relatives of stocking that took place in the last century.
I guess what drives competitors to these tournaments also is something that drives Namibians to compete in a tournament in that African country—who is the best fisherman?
I didn’t learn who was the winner of the Namibian tournament, but it is interesting to note that we have something in common.

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