UPDATE: New April Date for ECM Species Challenge
10 Fish species, a conservation-first release method and over R100k in prizes to be won! Here’s all the info about the new 2020 ECM Species Challenge in Port Elizabeth
Update: After careful consideration of the weather conditions, the 2020 (Eastern Cape Motors) ECM Species Challenge was moved from 14–15 March to a new date: 4–5 April 2020. Hosted by PE Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC) in Port Elizabeth, the skippers briefing will be on 3 April 2020 instead.
ALL DEEP SEA ANGLERS WELCOME
As always, the competition is open to all PEDSAC members and non-members – anyone can enter their own team and boat. The early entry fee is R300 per angler.
10 SPECIES NOMINATED
There’s a minimum size for all species. And also keep in mind that PEDSAC is driving a massive effort to change competitive fishing in SA. So this year, more than half the species are mandatory catch, measure and release – see more on PEDSAC’s groundbreaking techniques for bottom fish conservation.
Miss Lucy (45cm)
WATCH: MONSTER KOB CATCH AND RELEASE
Beautiful fish caught by Deon Van Vuuren on the Ford challenge, safely released to live another day!
Posted by Kelly Evans on Sunday, 18 November 2018
There’s over R100 000 in prizes up for grabs at the 2020 ECM Species Challenge. These include individual prizes for each fish species, as well as a top boat prize and various lucky draw prizes.
HOW TO ENTER THE ECM SPECIES CHALLENGE
Get your entry form from the PEDSAC competitions page, or download it here and email it along with your proof of R300 payment per angler to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Denise on +27 (0)41 582 2701 between 8:30 and 11:30 on weekdays, or find details at www.pedsac.co.za.
These were all the winners at the last comp in 2018:
SPECIES 1 WINNER: DEON VAN VUUREN
Kob of 134cm
SPECIES 2 WINNER: ANDREW BUTCHER
Poenskop of 63cm
SPECIES 3 WINNER: CHRISTO GERBER
Stockfish of 74cm
SPECIES 4 WINNER: BEN DE BRUYN
Red Roman of 41.5cm
SPECIES 5 WINNER: ALBERT MATTHYSSEN
Yellowtail of 98cm
SPECIES 6 WINNER: THOMAS BECKETT
Basterman of 54cm
SPECIES 7 WINNER: MICHEL ZOONEKYND
Miss Lucy of 59cm
SPECIES 8 WINNER: MICHEL ZOONEKYND
Carpenter of 55cm
SPECIES 9 WINNER: L POTGIETER
Dageraad of 55cm
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: BEN DE BRUYN
At this point, you might have been forgiven for thinking that one of the bigger fish catches would take the grand prize of a new boat. Or perhaps Michel Zoonekynd, who had a remarkable two species-winning catches.
But all the names were put into a hat. And, in front of everyone there, the lucky winner was drawn. It was Ben de Bruyn – obviously a very familiar face at PEDSAC.
Congratulations to all the winners. There were plenty more Calcutta and prize-draw winners, and remember that this competition is in support of the Aurora Children’s Home in PE.
ECM SPECIES CHALLENGE
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