Andre van Rooyen
Lowrance SA’s Carp Ambassador.
Just like is his dad (Byron Kane), Brayden is passionate about fishing and using Lowrance has always been their No 1 choice in marine electronics!
Eastern Cape Brand Ambassador Lowrance brand ambassador from the Eastern Cape…
EASTERN CAPE BRAND AMBASSADOR
Lowrance brand ambassador from the Eastern Cape. Brett fishes off both kayaks and jetskis. He focuses on a lot of catch and release (and tagging) of reef fish in the Eastern Cape and Wild Coast, and enjoys seasonal fishing of big game fish. Brett uses an Elite 5Ti off his kayak and a HDS7 Gen3 with a TM150 transducer off his jetski.
Contact: 071 883 2633
I grew up fishing I grew up fishing from the age of around 2 years old…
I GREW UP FISHING
I grew up fishing from the age of around 2 years old with my grandfather and brothers. We spent our early years catching grunter and other small fish in the Richards Bay harbour and slowly progressed to deep sea fishing, predominantly bottom fishing when I hit my teen years. My passion for game-fishing started when I landed my first Cuda and Sailfish on the same afternoon off Umdloti on my brother Daryl’s 12’6″ Olufsen skivee.
Since leaving school, and after several trips to Mozambique, we started entering competitions and, after a few years of climbing the ladder of success, we won our first Guinjata Species Bonanza in 2007. We have won the main prize there 3 times and have won the Species Section a total of 8 times! I have also enjoyed fishing from a fishing-ski and have won many competitions in this facet of angling as well.
Since as long as I can remember, we have always used Lowrance units on our boats – from the good old trusty Lowrance X65 unit on my grandfather’s old bay cabin boat, to the LMS 240 on our 16ft Kingcat, and then our first colour unit was the old LCX 37.
We now own several boats and run various units from the Elite 4 on my fishing-ski, to the top of the range HDS Gen3 units on our Kingcat F200. The quality and functionality, not to mention the back up and service from Lowrance, has always been top drawer and has helped us find the fish many a time.
Contact: 084 557 7157
Why I love to fish: I get to do it with my son!
WHY I LOVE TO FISH:
- I get to do it with my son!
- I learn something new every day I am on the water.
- I am privileged to see awesome sights in nature that not many other people will see in their entire lives
- I enjoy sharing knowledge and teaching those that are interested in learning, no matter the level. And I also enjoy learning from others.
- And of course, I love using my Lowrance electronics!
WHAT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH:
- I have held clinics for both Game and Bottom fishing at various fishing clubs, including tackle, electronics and boating skills, in order to pass on knowledge to new and upcoming skippers and anglers.
- I have been interviewed at many competitions; sharing local knowledge.
- I have offered and skippered my boat in junior competitions as well as Nationals and Inter-clubs.
- I have written articles relating to fishing techniques and jet ski fishing for many magazines.
- I am a Lowrance brand ambassador.
1982 Joined Durban Ski Boat Club and was introduced to deep sea fishing.
1984 Top Junior Angler for Yamaha Bumper Bi Monthly.
1985 Top Junior Angler for Yamaha Bumper Bi Monthly.
1986 Top Junior Angler for Yamaha Bumper Bi Monthly.
1986 Selected to Captain DSBC Juniors in DSBC interclub. 2nd overall
1987-88 Selected to represent DSBC Seniors in various interclub.
1989-2000 Gauteng and overseas returned to Durban 1997 and started fishing again. Started competitive fishing in 2000
2000-2005 Represented DSBC at various interclubs
2005 Selected to represent Natal at Game fish Interprovincial Shelly Beach. Placed 1st
2005 Selected to represent Natal at Bottom fish Nationals Knysna. Placed 1st
2006 Selected to Captain Natal at Bottom fish Nationals East London. Placed 2nd
2006 Shelly Beach Bonanza Team placed 1st.
2006 Zinkwazi Invitational Placed 1st
2006 Selected to Represent Natal at the Tuna Nationals Rumbly Bay Cape Town.
2007 Selected to Captain Natal at Bottom Fish Nationals Knysna.
2008 Selected to Captain USBC at DSBC interclub. Placed 1st
2008 Umhlanga invitational Placed 3rd.
2008 Zinkwazi Invitational Placed 2nd.
2009 Selected to Captain LSBC at Rod and Reel interclub Placed 1st.
2009 Selected to Captain LSBC at DSBC interclub Placed 1st.
2009 Selected to Captain LSBC at Zinkwazi interclub Placed 1st.
2009 Durban Yamaha Bonanza Placed 2nd.
2009 Guinjata Oct Paddle Ski Jet Ski comp. Placed 1st.
2010 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp Placed 2nd
2010 Selected to fish Natal Game Fish Interprovincial Placed 1st
2010 Guinjata Ski Boat Club Ski Boat Bonanza Placed 2nd Species
2010 Guinjata Oct Paddle Ski Jet Ski comp. Placed 1st
2011 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp Placed 2nd
2011 Selected to Captain URS at Tugela interclub Placed 1st
2011 Guinjata Ski Boat Bonanza placed 4th
2012 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp placed 2nd Biggest Game Fish of the tournament.
2012 Guinjata Oct Paddle Ski Jet Ski comp. Placed 1st
2013 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp placed 1st
2013` Guinjata Oct Paddle Ski Jet Ski comp. Placed 1st
2014 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp Placed 3rd
2014 Durban Bonanza Jet Ski Comp Placed 3rd
2014 Port Edward Jet Ski Comp Placed 2nd
2015 Ponto Racetech Jet Ski Comp placed 4th
2015 Guinjata Jetski and Ski boat Bonanza 1st Jetski Species, 1st Angler overall.
2015 Durban Jetski Bonanza placed 1st
2016 Durban Jetski Bonanza placed 1st
2017 Pumula Go Fish Jet Ski Comp 1st Jet Ski
2017 King of the Salmon 1st overall
Yellow Fin Tuna 85Kg
Yellowfin 56Kg (10kg Tackle)
Cuta 29Kg, Snoek 9Kg, Sail Fish Tag and Release +-50Kg
Balck Marlin Tag and Release 120Kg
King Fish Tag and Release 33Kg
Amber Jack 18Kg
(Numerous other species)
I am a South African National Team Bass Angler with 17 years…
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL TEAM BASS ANGLER
I am a South African National Team Bass Angler with 17 years of competitive Bass angling experience at venues in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA. I am a Co-Owner of www.bass.co.za and World of Fishing – where we offer Expert Advice and service on all Lowrance Products. I choose Lowrance HDS Units due to the superior Sonar, Mapping and StructureScan features, as well as the never ending innovation that the Lowrance team provides. My Lowrance HDS units are an integral part in my fishing arsenal.
Brand Ambassador I have been involved in Boating my whole life…
WHY I LOVE TO FISH:
I have been involved in Boating my whole life and we have always had Lowrance on our boats. I remember fishing from Pennington with an old paper-type Lowrance. 30 years later, and we’re still keeping up with the latest technology from Lowrance S.A. I started deep sea fishing at 12 years old from Pennington Ski Boat Club. At 16 I started skippering and fishing for Natal. In 2008 I was introduced to Bass fishing, and have been fishing with Protea Angler – Gavin Richardson – for the last 5 years. Gavin and I run a popular money trail series in KZN – it is sponsored by Lowrance S.A. Lowrance finders play a vital role in our fishing and, simply put; if you can’t see it on the screen it ain’t under the boat!
Brand Ambassador Originally from Zimbabwe, I started competitive angling in 1997…
Originally from Zimbabwe, I started competitive angling in 1997 and have been involved in the administration of the sport since 1999. I truly enjoy the outdoors and the challenges that Bass angling affords us as anglers. The best part of fishing for me has been the friendships and memories made over the years.
I am extremely fortunate and privileged to be a brand ambassador for Lowrance, the quality of their units and the constant advancements in technology ensure that I have the edge whilst competing against the best anglers in the country. Lowrance has played a significant role in assist me to receive my 20th Protea cap later this year.
Contact: 082 558 6970
Started fishing with my Grandfather in Richards Bay harbour at the age of 3.
WHY I LOVE TO FISH:
Fishing accomplishments: Winners of the Guinjata Species competition 2007, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, and 2015. As you can see we only really fish species comps. Started fishing with my Grandfather in Richards Bay harbour at the age of 3. As we grew older we pushed Gramps to get bigger and bigger boats until he eventually purchased a King Cat 16’6 from Z Craft. We had an old Lowrance LMS 240 unit and, after a lot of begging and pleading, Gramps gave in and splashed out on the new LCX 37 (new at that time).
We started going to Guinjata Bay for our December holidays and absolutely fell in the love with the place. It wasn’t long before we noticed how diverse the fishing and diving was up there.
Every year the late Ted Adams would hold a ‘Species Competition’ and I decided to fish the first one with Brad Nicolson. We were going to try take on all the bigger boats on my small 14ft skivee. Brad knew how to whip a spoon with a KP and we did very well that year in the 1 day Bonanza.
Needless to say we were then hooked and fished with my Gramps the next year in the Guinjata Species Bonanza that was held in August. I remember how many big Humpback whales there were that time of year and how different the fishing was to December. We tried our best but with our main focus being on targeting Cuda, I think we only placed 33rd. Back in those days I think there were close to 100 boats that fished the Bonanza!
It was at the prize giving that year that our hunger to learn new fishing techniques started. No sooner had we packed away all our tackle had our minds started running with new ideas, hungry to do better and catch more fish.
On returning to Durban we spent a great deal of time in the different tackle stores chatting to the likes of Brad Arthur and a few of the older guys, trying to pick up on all the latest techniques. Anglers such as Greg Cunniff, Angus Bell and Jeff Blesovsky were at the top of their game and, not only were they masters with the spoons, but they knew how to target species on baits. We tried to gain as much knowledge from these legends as possible.
Combining the new techniques and an idea of what our trusty Lowrance LCX 37 was telling us, we figured that we were on the right track. Years of spearfishing had taught me to distinguish between the different species of fish lighting up our screen and figuring out that a big showing didn’t always mean the jackpot.
Drop-shotting was the new craze in 2005/6 and we decided to give it a go. Learning new techniques but not forgetting the older techniques (like whipping a silver spoon) was going to be a key in doing well.
Most of the new techniques, like drop shooting and vertical jigging, required the crew to find the fish on the sonar firstly, and secondly; get the fish to eat. Having cutting-edge technology in all of their units, Lowrance always gave us the edge and put us on the fish. The detail of the sonar and the ease of use of the chartplotter made life so much easier. When you are fishing hard and pushing your body physically to the max every day, you want to be sure your skipper isn’t putting you in ‘the bush’ but rather in the strike zone every time.
It goes without saying that finding the fish is one thing, getting them to eat is another. This is where having the right crew comes in. Never give up and keep trying different lures, baits or techniques to get that strike. When the fishing is slow, the boats that work hard and know what they are doing tend to shine.
Our passion to fish hard, in almost any conditions, and our love for the sea has meant we spend hundreds of hours on the water. We rely heavily on our equipment, not only to find fish but to get us safely home to our families every time.
We chose Lowrance, not only because they are the best in the industry, but also because of the Lowrance family we have been welcomed into.
Contact: 083 787 0727
Multiple Protea Angler 2003 Wrangler Angler, Lake Tuscaloosa…
- Multiple Protea Angler
- 2003 Wrangler Angler, Lake Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA
- 2005 Southern Divisional Championships, Lake Hickory, Tennessee USA
- 2012 World Championships, Lake Bolsena, Italy
- 2014 World Championships Lake Guerrero, Mexico
- 2015 World Championships Lake Bolsena, Italy
- 2017 Qualifier World Champs Vaal River, South Africa
- Multiple Tournament Wins
- Biggest Large Mouth Bass: 4,98 kg
- Preferred Electronics: Lowrance HDS
- Current Boat: Raptor
Well it’s very simple. They are the best units in my eyes. Lowrance offers me state of the art technology, accuracy beyond words and back up service out of this world. The Lowrance Team is always available to assist no matter what. They go to great lengths making sure that I have the latest equipment on my boat. My units have enabled me to pinpoint fish during practices and put me back onto them during my Tournaments. I could not fish without them. Only one word. CLASS!
I have really been fortunate to have represented my Country at various levels. I feel it’s now my duty to give back to the sport in every possible way. I will strive to educate others and promote sportsmanship wherever possible.
Contact: 082 887 6869
Guy le Meme
Brand Ambassador South African Colours for Spearfishing.
After a good few years on the serious tournament trails I’ve decided…
After a good few years on the serious tournament trails I’ve decided to spend more time sharing some of the knowledge I have learnt over the years. I started a YouTube channel focused on anything to do with Fishing.
The channel has grown steadily over the past year with some videos getting in excess of 10K views. I will continue to explore the open platform of YouTube and hope to bring the viewers entertaining and insightful shows and am really glad to have Lowrance sharing in this adventure with me. I choose to use Lowrance because it’s simply the best product on the market. Lowrance units are user friendly minimising my time spent fiddling, and more time locating and catching fish. Quality and performance make Lowrance my choice in electronics.
- Multiple W.P Colours
- Multiple Western Division caps
- Multiple Presidents caps
- Multiple Protea Caps
- World Champs - 2016
Most Memorable Tournament
- 2015 Eikos SABAA nationals – 3rd place finish
Mark De La Hey
I remember my dad using one of the first Lowrance paper-graph units when I was 4 years old.
WHY I LOVE TO FISH:
I remember my dad using one of the first Lowrance paper-graph units when I was 4 years old. Since then Lowrance has always been my No 1 choice in marine electronics.
Great products and exceptional service from Lowrance South Africa!
Lowrance South Africa is excited to announce that Michael Cannon is now part of our Bass Brand Ambassador Team!
BASS BRAND AMBASSADOR:
Lowrance South Africa is excited to announce that Michael Cannon is now part of our Bass Brand Ambassador Team! Michael is equipped with the new HDS 9 and 7 Live units with Active Imaging 3-in-1.
I am a very keen and enthusiastic angler who specialises in deep sea fishing…
I am a very keen and enthusiastic angler who specialises in deep sea fishing from Kayaks and Jetskis. I have been very fortunate to have caught many trophy game fish in South Africa and Mozambique and I am always willing to share my knowledge with other anglers mainly through my training courses and writing articles in Go Fish magazine.
I do have an advantage of course because I use Lowrance electronics on my personal Jetski and Kayaks. Lowrance is my electronic brand of choice because just when you think they can’t get better… They Do!
Contact: 072 938 1769
I’ve been kayak fishing now for going on 10 years and I’ve learnt and experienced a lot in the process.
I’ve been kayak fishing now for going on 10 years and I’ve learnt and experienced a lot in the process. My business has allowed me to spend time on the water which has been great over the years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to partner with industry leaders. Lowrance is one such leader. Having used Lowrance electronics for the last 20 years I can honestly say that I have always been astounded by the quality of product and back up service offered by Lowrance South Africa. Liz Plotz and her team are second to none and, year after year, continue to deliver on service excellence, back up and support.
I’ve always believed that a major key to success in fishing is to truly be able to trust your electronics. I trust my Lowrance electronics fully. Whether I’m sounding for bait or looking for game fish, I have found no other brand, other than Lowrance, to offer equivalent display quality, price affordability, ease of use and all round toughness. That’s why I choose Lowrance.
Contact: 083 456 5395
Fishing is my obsession! 2022 KZN Bass Colours for Bass Fishing.