Zambia Sport Fishing Association 

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  • 15 Jan 2019 22:16 | Lilia Samui (Administrator)

    The ZSFA is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 16th March 2019 at CHRISMAR HOTEL. 

    We have changed the date from our usual last Saturday of February because the first International fishing competition starts on the 24th of Feb and we need to have all the Internationals Team Members attend the AGM. The Weekend of the 9th of March is a long weekend. 

    All members are invited to attend and to take an active part in discussion to ensure that the decision-making process is fair and representative of the whole Association. It is an opportunity for members to voice their interests in the future of the ZSFA.

    It is also an opportunity to recruit ‘new blood’ onto the Committee. The ZSFA needs fresh new faces on the Committee with fresh new ideas to ensure the continued success of the Association.

    All members are entitled to be Committee members and need just one other member to nominate them. We therefore request, all nominations, made with the agreement of the candidate, be sent by email to or you can speak to any one of the committee members at the AGM.

    Please make the effort to attend this meeting! All International Fishing Team Members are obliged to attend.

    See you soon!

    ZSFA Executive Committee 

  • 11 Jan 2019 20:17 | Lilia Samui (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    We are aware you that you may have experienced trouble with making payments directly into our Standard Chartered Account. 

    We have been experiencing some technical difficulties with our account and unfortunately have had little support from the Bank. 

    The Executive Committee has been working tirelessly behind the scenes for a number of weeks to get the technicalities resolved, until we had no choice but to make the decision to move our Account. We can now confirm we have done so with Stanbic Bank. 

    We kindly request that you re-confirm that your initial deposit to the Stanchart account was processed.If it was: please resend the proof. If it wasn't;  we kindly ask you to now process your payment through to the new account.

    We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

    Rest assured we are now back online and shall respond and confirm all your renewals as soon as we receive proof of your payments to the new account.

    Zambia Sport Fishing Association

    Stanbic Bank Zambia LTD ZMW Account: 9130002246086

    Branch Code: 040002

    Swift Code: SBICZMLX

    Lusaka Main Branch Woodgate House, Ground Floor, Corner of Nairobi Place & Cairo Road

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Michael Bentley,

    President, ZSFA Executive Committee, 2018

  • 01 May 2018 09:07 | Lilia Samui (Administrator)

    We are updating our Member Website!

    Dear ZSFA Member,

    Happy Labour/ May Day!! And what a fantastic day for Fishing it is!

    As you may have noticed we are updating our Webpage - but we now need YOUR help! Here is how: 

    1. Please send pics of you and your team's fishing adventures/ catches!! Please add a small caption, location and story behind the picture. 
    2. We are calling on all organisations who wish to partner with us and offer special deals exclusive for ZSFA members! Your Logo will appear on the ZSFA Webpage. A member has to provide a valid member number (verified by us) to claim the special offer.
    3. Tell us your story! As ZSFA one of our goals is promoting conservation of fishing in Zambia - Let us know how you are helping in your community! 
    4. To all Fishing Competition Organisers - please do send us info in advance of your comps so we can let our members Know what is going on - send us links to your Facebook/ Web pages and Competition Entry info. We will be happy to add the link on our Webpage! We are here to support you!

    Please send your stories, pictures and logos/offers to

    Enjoy your day off!

    Tight Lines!

    Michael Bentley,
    President, ZSFA Executive Committee, 2018

  • 07 Feb 2018 20:07 | Lilia Samui (Administrator)


    Saturday, February 24th at 12:00hrs, CHRISMAR HOTEL

    Special Accommodation Rates for ZSFA Members!!!

    Twin Rooms 

    - Single Occupancy/night - K600 

    - Double Occupancy/night - K700!!!

    *Room Rates inclusive of Breakfast. *Valid for the weekend of the 24th of February only.

    Please ensure you tell the reservations team you are attending the ZSFA AGM on the 24th of February.

    Contact: Chrismar Hotel Lusaka

    Los Angeles Boulevard, Lusaka

    +260 211 253036; +260 975 049706;

  • 01 Jan 2018 17:15 | Lilia Samui (Administrator)

    Dear Member,

    The Executive Committee wishes you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year! Here is to a Fish-filled 2018!!!

    During the last ZSFA Executive Committee Meeting, it was discussed that due to a number of factors such as inflation, ability to offer improved services and offerings, and to support the growth of the organisation; it was resolved that effective January 1, 2018, there will be changes in the Membership Fees as follows:

    • Child Membership (Under 16) - Individual membership type - Free 
    • Couple membership - Bundle membership type (up to 2 members) - K750.00 (ZMW) 
    • Individual membership (16 and Older) - Individual membership type - K500.00 (ZMW) 
    • Temporary Membership (Non-Resident per Comp) - Individual membership type/ per competition - K300.00 (ZMW)

    Furthermore, the Executive Committee also resolved to introduce an exciting new Membership type: Premium Membership (16 and Older)- Individual membership type - K1,500.00 (ZMW).

    This Premium Membership, when rolled, out will offer the benefits of a Basic membership PLUS access to so much more- such as Discounts on participating Lodges and Fishing Tackle Shops. We will provide more information on the benefits of this Membership in our first edition of our Newsletter soon!

    We are aware that Invoices have already been sent with the old Membership Fees, and we sincerely apologize for this! We therefore, kindly request you make your membership payment in line with the above Fees.

    Membership Cards will be issued out, and online Memberships updated once the correct payments have been received. Please email with proof of payment - either a copy of a receipt or a bank confirmation/ deposit slip.

    We sincerely THANK YOU for your membership and patronage! Remember, your membership goes a long way towards hosting various annual fishing tournaments and sponsorship; as well as towards the Promotion of Fishing Conservation and the Sport of Angling in Zambia! 

    Don't forget you can update your ZSFA membership by logging-in with your email and password at

    Tight Lines!

    ZSFA Executive Committee
  • 07 Jan 2017 11:55 | Kevin Bonel (Administrator)

    Dear Member,

    The Executive Committee wishes you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year and fish-filled 2017.

    The 2017 Annual General Meeting shall be held as follows:

    • Venue is the Chrismar Hotel on Los Angeles Bvld. This is between the Lusaka Golf Club and Lusaka Club. 
    • Date is Saturday 25th February 2017 starting at 1400 hrs.
    • Fisheries and Inland Waterways have been invited and are expected to attend.
    Many thanks to the Chrismar Hotel for agreeing to host our 2017 AGM and for agreeing to waive their room booking rate. For our members who live outside Lusaka the Chrismar is also offering reduced room rates.

    There will be a cash bar for Members and there will be snacks available.

    The agenda will be posted and made available to Members nearer to the time.

    In terms of 2017 Membership Subscriptions the Executive Committee are delighted to announce our decision to freeze 2016 rates for 2017. There will be no 2017 rise in subscriptions. Times are hard but 2016 was a good year for the ZSFA and we hope this continues into 2017.

    Hope to see you at the AGM and tight lines

    The 2016 Executive Committee.
  • 26 Sep 2016 18:45 | Kevin Bonel (Administrator)

    The Zambezi All Species went ahead as planned on 19th to 21st August at Gwaabi Lodge. Although attendance was slightly low by historical standards the tournament was hugely enjoyed with some great fish caught and some excellent prizes won!!

    A special thanks to the event Sponsors:

    • Action Auto Ltd
    • SAB
    • Gwabi Lodge
    • Lusaka Angling Centre
    • Aliboats Ltd
    • Exclusive Brands Africa Ltd (Cadac)
    A total 352 fish were caught under the new format, of which 300 were released back into the river alive and well. A remarkable 85% return rate and congratulations to all the competitors for being true to the catch and release spirit of the event.

    Some notable fish were caught during the event and well done to the anglers that not only caught these fish but returned them be caught again another day:

    Mike Streeter: 10 point and 7 point Cornish Jacks (that's about 11 kg and 8 kg respectively).
    Stu Mackay: 30 point and 20 point Tiger Fish (around 5.5 kg and 4 kg respectively)
    Benji Cocker (Jnr Angler) for a 1.512 kg Nkupe
    Mick Kennedy for two large Eastern Bottlenose

    The top five teams, with the winning team being a family team for the first time in many years, are as follows:

    1. Team Fish On comprising Rod Mackay, Staley McKay, Anna-Leigh Mckay (Jnr) and Kara Mackay. Day One - 174.98 pts. Day Two - 294.09 pts. Total 469.07 points. Very well done.
    2. Team Far Cue comprising Chad Zorab, Darren Young and Eamon. Day One - 148.23 pts. Day Two 213.84 pts. Total 362.07 pts.
    3. The Mackays comprising Stu Mackay and Lianne Mackay (Jnr). Day One - 205.62 pts. Day Two - 149.67 pts. Total 355.29 pts.
    4. Team Simply Wild comprising Peter Vrodjak, Alex Woodley and Kevin McCauley. Total 321.86 pts.
    5. Team The Cockerdiles Comprising Stephen, Shannon and Kara (Jnr) Cockeral. Total 261.85 pts.

    So, very well done to the winning teams and hope to see you all again next year!
  • 10 Apr 2016 14:58 | Kevin Bonel (Administrator)

    The Executive Committee are pleased to award a new Zambian Line Class Fishing Record to Darren Young for a great Sharptooth Catfish caught on 12 lb line in the 2015 River Lure competition.

    Name of Claimant: Darren Young

    Competition: 2015 River Lure

    Method: Crankbait

    Line: 12 lbs Fluorocarbon

    Common Name: Sharptooth Catfish (aka Black Barbel)

    Scientific Name: Clarian gariepinus

    Weight: 12.78 kg

    Very well done Darren !!

  • 10 Apr 2016 14:03 | Kevin Bonel (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Darren Young as being the 2015 Angler of the Year and defending his 2014 title ! And also to Deagan Zorab as the 2015 Junior Angler of the Year!

    The Top Ten results for 2015 Angler of the Year are:

    1. Darren Young - 41 pts

    2. P Vrdoljak - 35 pts

    3. C Zorab - 33 pts

    4. A Woodley - 30

    5. M Costantiono - 28

    6. J Van Blerk - 26

    7. D Zorab (Jnr) - 25

    8. E Miller (Jnr) - 23

    9. K Frick - 21

    10. C Jones - 21

    Well fished to all. The full results table will be published shortly.

  • 08 Apr 2016 11:19 | Kevin Bonel (Administrator)

    With the Government fee unit presently at 30 Ngwee the following are the 2016 angling permit fees applicable to our Members:

    1. Angling Permit (Recreation) for Persons resident in Zambia:

    i. Under 18 per month is 138 units or K41.40

    ii. Under 18 per annum is 830 units or K249.00 (round to K250)

    iii. Of the age of 18 years and above per month 280 units or K84.00

    iv. Of the age of 18 years and above per annum 1,666 units or K499.80 (round to K500.00).

    2. Persons not resident in Zambia is 2,800 units or K840

    3. Fishing Competitions are 4,160 units per week or K1,248.00 (payable by the Fishing Competition Organisers to Fisheries Department).

    Note - ZAWA will charge an ADDITIONAL daily angling fee of US$15 on anglers fishing in National Parks. Having a recreational fishing permit DOES NOT exempt you from this addition ZAWA fee.

    To obtain your fishing licence you will need to visit the Fisheries Department in Chilanga with a copy of your ID. They will fill out a bank deposit slip which you then need to take to the Indo-Zambia Branch in Chilanga and deposit your fee(s). Then return with the stamped deposit slip to Fisheries and they will only then issue your recreational angling permit.

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