Zambia Sport Fishing Association 

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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 11 Feb 2016 12:07 | Kevin Bonel

    There are a couple of ways to pay your 2017 Membership Subscription.

    You can deposit directly (in cash or online payment from your account) into the Zambia Sports Fishing Association account as follows'

    Account Name: Zambia Sports Fishing Association

    Standard Chartered Bank Manda Hills Branch 

    Account 0150420041500

    Branch code 060030. 

    You will then need to notify Kevin Bonel ( who will confirm payment and issue your Membership Card and Receipt.

    Alternatively, you can pay direct at the Lusaka Angling Centre on Leopards Hill Road and immediately receive your 2017 Membership Card and Receipt.

  • 11 Feb 2016 11:59 | Kevin Bonel

    At a meeting of the Executive Committee on 4th February 2016 it was resolved that the 2016 Membership fees shall be as follows:

    1. Adult Individual - K200.00

    2. Adult Couple - K300

    3. Junior - K100

    Please note that these revised fees are applicable from the 2016 AGM onwards. If you pay your 2016 Membership before the upcoming AGM then you'll bag a bargain and pay at 2015 rates!!!!

  • 11 Feb 2016 11:17 | Kevin Bonel

    The 2016 Annual General Meeting shall be held at Lusaka South Country Club on Saturday February 27th 2016 from 1400 hours onwards. All members and prospective members are kindly invited to attend.

    Fisheries Department and Inland Waterways have been invited to also attend and issue permits etc.

    Hope to see you there!


  • 06 Mar 2015 07:11 | Michael Bentley (Administrator)

    The Competition Fee is clearly defined in the Fisheries Act (see below) – and it is the responsibility of the Venue (i.e. Lodge) to pay in addition to their Annual fishing licence as a lodge, hotel, whatever. This is not a fee on the individual angler. In addition, this is NOT THE SAME fee that is demanded by the Zambia Sports Council – which presently stands at K50 per competitor.

    For simplicity, and the message that we are trying to convey to both Anglers and Competition Organisers, the break down for a ZSFA sanctioned fishing Competition is as follows:

    • 1.       Each and every Zambian Resident or Citizen angler in a fishing competition is legally required to possess an Individual Recreational Angling Licence from Fisheries. They are not covered, nor absolved, from possessing an Individual Angling Licence by the Lodges annual fishing licence nor the lodges Competition Licence.
    • 2.       Lodges, hotels, etc.  are required to have paid their Annual fishing licence.
    • 3.       The venue for the competition is, in addition to their annual fishing licence, required to remit a Competition fee of 417 fee units. ( we understand that 1 fee unit = K1.80 ) Per week of competition – and I have doubts that Fisheries would countenance a part thereof payment (i.e. dividing the number of days for the competition by seven). Even though that would be the legally (and mathematically) correct approach.
    • 4.       The Zambia Sports Council charges K50 per competitor. This is normally built into the Entry Fee and collected by the ZSFA for remittance to the Zambia Sports Council.
    • 5.       ZAWA charges for Park Entry AND a further angling fishing permit in National Parks in addition to boat motor size, camping levy, vehicle parking . This is the Competitors to pay.

    The Act is not as clear as maybe it should be, but as an Association we have a duty of care to ensure that our Members that enter fishing competitions are fully compliant with the Law as it stands.


    Competitors to Pay

    • ·         Annual Angling Licence Recreational  to Fisheries
    • ·         Zambia Sports Council Competitors Fee
    • ·         Membership to ZSFA
    • ·         Any applicable ZAWA fees in National Parks

    Venue to pay:

    • ·         Their Annual Fishing Licence
    • ·         Competition Licence at 417 fee units.

    We welcome any further comment and debate, but I do hope that the above is clear.

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