The biggest difference is Oklahoma's extreme weather and the fish are bigger and slower in Zimbabwe.
"Whenever I come here, I'm always amazed at how better the
spinner bait bite is, how better crank bait bite is—any of the reaction
lures," Jooste said. "Whereas, at home, you have to slow everything down
a little bit and it just kind of makes sense, because they're big and
The Bassmaster Classic draws people from all over the world. Among
them is group of journalists from the National Japanese Television
Network. They're here to cover two Japanese citizens, who now live in
Texas and are competing in the Classic.
Jooste said he comes to the U.S. about once every three years. He said fishing on Grand Lake is a lot more peaceful than back in Zimbabwe, where he has to deal with hippos and crocodiles. He's even had a friend whose boat was attacked by a hippo and tried to take out a good chunk of it.
He was last in Oklahoma in the late '90s, and says he's looking forward to getting out on the water.
"There's just lots of fish. If you're not catching them, you're just doing the wrong thing," Jooste said.
Jooste is not a professional angler, he's participating as an amateur. His day job is building boats in his native country.