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Meet the Teams Fishing This Year’s Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial

Our team brings you all the tournament info: All the dates, contacts, programme, teams, qualifying species and what to expect at the Richards bay Billfish Interprovincial

33 Anglers in 11 teams for 9 provinces. 5 Marlin species and 3 days of top-level game fishing. The Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial is happening 4–7 March 2020. Organised by Zululand Deep Sea Angling Association (ZDSAA) and hosted at Richards Bay Ski-boat Club, conditions are looking good – weather-wise – for an exciting comp this year.

“So far it looks like Friday and Saturday are going to be good fishing days, but there’s a good chance we’ll be able to fish all three of the planned days,” says Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club’s competitions officer, Charl Van Den Berg.

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RICHARDS BAY BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL

One of SA’s best-known provincial-level billfish tournaments, the Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial is a strictly catch-and-release marlin competition, fished under IGFA and SADSAA rules and 37kg line class. And there are nine provincial associations represented at this year’s tournament, which kicks off with registration on 4 March 2020, with fishing commencing from Thursday 5 March. (See the programme below.)

And word is that it’s been an on-and-off season for the marlin in this usually very species-rich part of the country. “The fish have been a bit scarce of late compared to previous years,” Charl comments, “so the guys are going to have to bring their A-game.”

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BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL DATES AND PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

16:00 – 18:00 Registration
19:00 Briefing and dinner at Clubhouse

5–6 March 2020

05:00 Boats launch (exit port when given permission)
15:00 Weigh-in opens
17:00 Weigh-in closes

Saturday, 7 March 2020

05:00 Boats launch (exit port when given permission)
15:00 Weigh-in opens
16:00 Weigh-in closes
19:00 Dinner and prize-giving at Clubhouse

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MEET THE COMPETING ANGLERS AND TEAMS

There are 33 anglers in total – three-man teams – representing nine regional angling associations. It’s 11 teams all and all:

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GRIEKWAS

Stephan vd Merwe (c)
Franco vd Merwe
Ally Robins

gauteng, deep, sea, angling, association, junior, nationals, bottom fish, east london

GAUTENG

Jaco Huysamen (c)
Barne Yzelle
Jan-Hendrik Hendriksz

free state, deep, sea, angling, association, junior, nationals, bottom fish, east london

FREE STATE

Dewald Smith (c)
Andre Smith
Christo Kleynhans

mpumalanga, deep, sea, angling, association, junior, nationals, bottom fish, east london

MPUMALANGA

Japie Strydom (c)
Wallie Prinsloo
Renier Van Jaarsveldt

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LIMPOPO

Riaan Claassens (c)
Frans Reyneke
Rochè Smith

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NATAL BLACK

Piet Nel (c)
Nick Nel
Alain Kahn

NATAL WHITE

Johan Coetzer (c)
Candice Coetcer
Tom Adlem

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SOUTHERN GAUTENG

Kevin Allardyce (c)
Chris-Jan Jansen
Martin De Wit

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NORTHERN GAUTENG

Billy Botha (c)
Hein van Heerden
Johannes Herbst

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ZULULAND BLACK

Lucas Landman (c)
Rudi Moolman
Michael Fourie

ZULULAND WHITE

Walter Stoop (c)
Carmen Badenhorst
Jean Schoonhoven

 

QUALIFYING FISH SPECIES

The Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial only recognises billfish species, including short bill, black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish. And points are awarded for successful releases, though all hook-ups should be reported and even the break-off time recorded.

SOME BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL COMPETITION RULES

For scoring, a successful release will be when the hook-up is radioed in to tournament control (a boat out at sea) and photo or video of the release is mandatory. The requirements are a clear image of the fish, under control and on the leader at the side of the boat, with the nominated coloured signal/item (to be confirmed at the briefing) in the frame with the correct time and date stamp visible.

The clubhouse will be open for members during the tournament. Tight lines to everyone!

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RICHARDS BAY BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL

4–7 March 2020
Organised by Zululand Deep Sea Angling Association | 035 753 5804 |
Hosted by Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club
1 Beach Rd, Richards Bay
Phone: 035 753 2516
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