UPDATE: See All The Bottom Fish Nationals Results
Congratulations to all the anglers and teams: All the provinces, all the dates and all the final results at the 2019 SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals in Durban
48 of the country’s top anglers, 16 provincial and national teams and 5 days of some of the best national-level competitive angling. The SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals happened from 12 to 16 August 2019 at Duran Ski-Boat Club in KwaZulu-Natal.
And what a comp it was!
With Natal taking two of the top three spots in the final results. And teams were able to fish all five days allocated to this national-level competition, which meant stiff competition from day one. There were some awesome and consistent performance right at the top of the log. And a few remarkable surprises right at the last minute on day five.
We bring you all the final results, with names and pics of these best-of-the-best anglers at this top-tier bottom fish competition of the year. Plus: Day one fishing highlights.
SADSAA BOTTOM FISH NATIONALS
After a late (12:00) start on day one (12 August) that produced a fair number of monster fish, followed by a first-light start on day two (13 August), the 2019 SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals, hosted by the Natal Deep Sea Angling Association in Durban, was well and truly underway. Conditions were mostly overcast, but teams were able to fish all five allocated (8-hour) fishing sessions scheduled from 12 to 16 August.
And that means there were some interesting developments right from the start. Not the least of which was performance such as this now-famous Natal White copper steenbras catch (below). This beauty would go on to play, among many other great catches, at least some part in the overall results.
A QUICK COMP OVERVIEW
The overall winners were Natal White’s Riaz Hussain, Sayed Cassim and Timothy Munnick. And, along with the second-placed Border Mens team, Everitt Van Loggenberg, Andrew Harris and Gary Lunt, posted some of the top performances on day one and two. And they continued to sit at the top two spots on the log all the way until day 5.
Natal White achieved the highest single-day scoring for the whole comp on day one. While Border posted the second-highest on day two. And that first and second place result remained clear right up to the end.
But, there were some really surprising climbs. Especially from the overall third-placed Natal Grey team of Abed Khan, Mark Justham and Michelle Richards. After a very slow start to the competition and a fair performance on day two, Natal Grey was in the eighth spot for most of the tournament – right through until day four. It was only on day five when this team fished their best day of the tournament and rocketed up to take the bronze overall.
A similarly notable climb was that of WP White’s Iaan Viljoen, Phillip Van Der Walt and Owen Pretorius, who were in 10th place for most of the competition, battling a bit on days three and four. And then suddenly turning around an awesome fishing day on day five to take the fifth spot overall.
Teams prepped for a midday start on Day One of the Bottom Fish Nationals. Which was a bit challenging, since that meant lines-up was only at 20:00 at night (with a first-light start looming for day two).
And the 2019 Bottom fishing nationals is underway as of 12H00 today…a few minutes ago. Lines up on day 1 at 20H00. Scales close 22H00. Day 2 starts at first light again tomorrow..Tuesday.Tight lines guys
But Day One already produced some spectacular fish. Most notably plenty of big kob (dagga salmon), sizeable mussel cracker and a copper (red steenbras) that looks a good contender for the top of the day.
Wow….Day 1 Bottom fishing nationals 2019.Quality fish…..the bite came on as darkness fell.Congratulations to all anglers.All boats are out on the water now for day 2
And of course, it was fun and everyone will leave with a lot of awesome memories. Even the locals – like this seabird grateful for a bit of fish from SADSAA Master Daniel Hughes.
Posted by DSBC Place in the SUN on Thursday, 15 August 2019
And then, of course, that final fishing day five, when a lot of the tables were turned. Teams were eager to get out with first-light, since lines up was at 13:00 and, as we saw, some teams had a lot of ground to cover.
Final day 2019 Bottom fishing nationals…
FINAL RESULTS: BOTTOM FISH NATIONALS 2019
There were 16 teams of three anglers all representing eight provinces, and there were four national SADSAA teams from around country. That’s 48 of the best bottom fish anglers all with provincial or national colours battling out for top honours:
1 FIRST PLACE: NATAL WHITE
Riaz Hussain (Captain)
2 SECOND PLACE: BORDER MENS
Everitt Van Loggenberg (Captain)
3 THIRD PLACE: NATAL GREY
Abed Khan (Captain)
4 FOURTH PLACE: SADSAA MASTERS GOLD
John Luef (Captain)
5 FIFTH PLACE: WP WHITE
Iaan Viljoen (Captain)
Phillip Van Der Walt
6 SIXTH PLACE: SADSAA U19
Jan Harm Du Plessis (Captain)
7 SEVENTH PLACE: SADSAA
John Daniels (Captain)
8 EIGHTH PLACE: NATAL BLACK
Douglas Dustan (Captain)
Dennis Van Der Westhuizen
9 NINTH PLACE: BORDER LADIES
Jacky Fantham (Captain)
10 TENTH PLACE: FREE STATE
Andreas Papachristoforou (Captain)
Simon De Waal
11 ELEVENTH PLACE: WP BLUE
Louis Bekker (Captain)
12 TWELFTH PLACE: SOUTHERN CAPE
Chris Schorn (Captain)
13 THIRTEENTH PLACE: SADSAA MASTERS GREEN
Keith Lowes (Captain)
14 FOURTEENTH PLACE: EASTERN PROVINCE
Richard Donaldson (Captain)
15 FIFTEENTH PLACE: SOUTHERN GAUTENG
Niel Coetzer (Captain)
16 SIXTEENTH PLACE: ZULULAND
George Breedt (Captain)
Congratulations to everyone!
SADSAA BOTTOM FISH NATIONALS 2019
12–16 August 2019
Hosted by NDSAA at Durban Ski-Boat Club
1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Point, Durban
031 337 9506 or NDSAA at 031 205 6310
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