© Reuters. Fishing sport in Angola: lambuka hunting with two world champions
Located on the Atlantic coast, Luanda is an exciting place for fishermen. This applies to both competitions and hunting sport. In this part of Explore Angola, we sailed with two world champions and investigated why these waters are so rich and special.
Nicolas Castano Mansilla, captain of the capital’s Ole Fishing Club. Stating that fishing is very common and popular in the region, the athlete says, “All fishermen, federations and clubs make a lot of effort to increase our performance. In fact, we are world champions and we have achieved 20-25 world records in different categories. So this is a good hobby and a nice activity.” .
Being very good requires dedication. As soon as the sun sets, Ole prepares the equipment and becomes ready for the fishing to be done without dismantling the day.
The athletes sail before 7 am for training. Today’s fishing spot is 30 kilometers northwest of Luanda.
There are some of the best in this field on board. Jose Cardoso, famous for his nickname ‘Ze Carlos’, has three world championships in this sport and deep sea fishing. Another important name in this sport is Luis Mateus, known as “Luis Van Dunen.”
Team captain Mansilla says their current goal is to catch lambuka. Lambuka is also called dorado, mahi-mahi or dolphin fish. They are found in temperate, tropical and subtropical waters. It does not take much time for them to hit the fishing line.
This is a Lambuka, as they hoped.
Jose Cardoso underlines that they have a wealthy region in Angola like Lobito. “It’s a place full of fish. There’s a lot in Luanda. Sometimes it can be even more. It depends on what time of year you are. Here we caught a lot of fish every year in the many championships we attended,” says the triple world champion.
Lobito, which hosts the World Championship, both attracts contestants to Angola and spreads the region’s reputation to the world.
Benguela, where cold water meets warm water, is one of the leading areas of fishing. Luís Mateus, another world champion of the fishing sport, also underlines that Angola is not far behind its neighbors in terms of fish, and Angola in Mexico compared to Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica and other countries. He says the sea in. is “good”.
So what is the secret to success in fishing? The answer to this question comes from Jose Cardoso. The world champion states that the secret is about loving Kianda. “We always make a dedication to Kianda when we drink or eat something. We trust Kianda, the sea god, who leads us to the right place. We think that what we have caught is thanks to him,” he says.
Sport fishing activities are on hold for now due to the epidemic.
Back in Luanda, these fishing enthusiasts say they hope not to wait too long to sail and compete once again with the best in the world.
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