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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.

PEDSAC All Coastals Fishing Competition 2019 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

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

EP Red Team Win The Bottom Fish All Coastals 2019, covergae by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

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

Border Senior Blue Team, 2nd place in All Coastal 2019 by nauti-Tech Suzuki

  • Allen Ford (C)
  • Andrew Harris
  • Everitt Van Loggerenberg

THIRD PLACE: SOUTHERN CAPE

Southern Cape Snrs 3rd Place at All Coastals 2019 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

  • 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

Border Junior Blue First PLace Juniors At All Coastals 2019 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

  • Joshua Olivier (C)
  • Ben Steyn
  • Keegan Brunsdon

SECOND PLACE: NATAL JUNIORS

Natal Juniors 2nd Place at All Coastals 2019 by nauti-Tech Suzuki

  • Chais Gaul (C)
  • Owen Barclay
  • Mohammed Abdul

THIRD PLACE: SOUTHERN CAPE JUNIORS

Southern Cape Juniors 3rd Place All Coastals 2019 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

  • 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 Ford Species Challenge.

Bottom Fish Conservation at ECM Ford Species Challenge Fishing Competition in Port Elizabeth by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

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.

Also discover this year’s Junior Bottom Fish Nationals and see the seniors and masters perform at the 2019 SADSAA bottom fish nationals.

See all the big fishing competitions in March and the whole year’s fishing competitions in South Africa.

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