EP Red Wins BottomFish All Coastals, Plus: All The Winning Teams
Just two days of fishing put provincial teams to the test. Congrats to all the top performing teams at the 2019 All Coastals Bottom Fishing Interprovincial Competition at Port Elizabeth’s PEDSAC
Fourteen teams from five coastal provinces competed. Only two days of fishing due to the weather. And an All Coastals interprovincial like we’ve never seen before. The 2019 Bottom Fish All Coastals was hosted by Eastern Province Deep Sea Angling Association between 19–23 February in Port Elizabeth at PEDSAC.
And, as Allen Ford, captain of the Border Blue team, pointed out in a quick speech during the prize-giving ceremony, this is one we’ll all likely remember for some time to come. The first All Coastals that featured an all-new and creative bottom fish catch and release system.
But more on that later. For now, let’s get to the winners.
ALL COASTAL INTERPROVINCIAL SENIOR RESULTS
FIRST PLACE: EASTERN PROVINCE RED
- Kevin Clark (C)
- Peter Dawson
- Adrian Von Schuetz
After tallying the second most points overall on Day 1, EP Red came from a no-fishing Day 2 to claim the top spot after Day 3. Securing the 2019 All Coastals win for Eastern Province Deep Sea Angling. Especially exciting was seeing the performance of young Adrian Von Schuetz, who came up through the EP junior ranks to compete at senior level for the first time during this comp. Naturally, he was bolstered by being teamed with veterans Kevin Clark and Peter Dawson – who both sing the young man’s praises – but, anglers take note: Keep your eye on young Adrian.
SECOND PLACE: BORDER BLUE
- Allen Ford (C)
- Andrew Harris
- Everitt Van Loggerenberg
THIRD PLACE: SOUTHERN CAPE
- Chris Schorn (C)
- Koos Scholtz
- Johann Crouse
ALL COASTAL INTERPROVINCIAL JUNIOR RESULTS
It was especially awesome seeing such an excellent turnout of junior teams from most provinces. Border did very well, bringing in the most points on Day 1. And hats off to the Natal Juniors team, who managed a silver, despite all team members competing at this level for the first time. Here are the results:
FIRST PLACE: BORDER JUNIOR BLUE
- Joshua Olivier (C)
- Ben Steyn
- Keegan Brunsdon
SECOND PLACE: NATAL JUNIORS
- Chais Gaul (C)
- Owen Barclay
- Mohammed Abdul
THIRD PLACE: SOUTHERN CAPE JUNIORS
- Barend Boshoff (C)
- Henrico Scholtz
- Morne Crouse
Congratulations to all the winners. And all the competitors. As the sentiment during the prize giving suggested, the mere fact that we can have such successful interprovincial bottomfish competitions is a big win for fishing as a sport, so everyone should feel very proud.
Especially since this was no ordinary bottom fish event.
A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND COMPETITION
Mark the year 2019 as the first time the All Coastals BottomFish Interprovincial featured a revolutionary new bottom species catch-and-release system. Driven by PEDSAC, the conservation-minded club who worked closely with a division of Rhodes University to develop a safe and efficient catch, measure and release system for bottom species featuring a system of specialised mats and hypodermic needles, this was the first-ever interprovincial comp in SA to feature the release of bottom fish.
PEDSAC received much praise from competing teams for this incredible initiative. And club chairman Richard Donaldson confirmed that the system used is similar to the one developed by PEDSAC to promote bottomfish conservation (click through to read more on how it works) during last year’s ECM Species Challenge.
We’re very excited about this for the future of bottom fishing in SA. And we’ll talk to SADSAA and get some more input on this catch and release system soon.
For now, congratulations to all the teams who competed. We can’t wait to see what you guys are going to do in the rest of 2019.
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