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NEXT: All The Big Fishing Competitions in April

From game fish to bottom angling nationals to the big three in SA angling festivals and Tuna Maters in Cape Town

From SADSAA nationals – game gish in St Lucia and bottom fish in Struisbaai – to the big 3 in angling festivals in Durban, Richards Bay and Gordon’s Bay. Plus: Tuna Masters 2020. Here’s what we’re excited about in fishing tournaments this April 2020.



30 MARCH–4 APRIL 2020

SA’s best of the best in bottom fishing are making their way down to the country’s most southerly club for SADSAA’s 2020 bottom-fishing nationals. This 6kg line class comp is hosted by Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club in Struisbaai, which promises to be a beautiful adventure. Check out the SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals.

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10–12 APRIL 2020

A unique fishing competition that’s open to almost all classes of fishing, from true deep sea to bay fishing, from bottom fish to game and even sailfish – not to mention jetty fishing for the young ones. Very popular among KZN locals, entries are open to all anglers – and there are usually some nice prizes up for grabs, not to mention freebies with your entry. It’s a big community affair, too. Check out the Richard’s Bay Fishing Bonanza.

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Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZN | 035 753 2516 |  



21–25 APRIL 2020

All species of tuna, off Cape Town’s picturesque coast. The annual Tuna Masters is an international tuna tournament hosted by local fishing charters at Hout Bay. It’s known for producing some big tuna and all-around excellent fishing. Plus: Boat charters are available as well as packages that include your accommodation – they’re really geared to get you on the water and fishing at this comp.

Atlantic Boat Club | Hout Bay | +27 83 4603963 |



25–27 APRIL 2020

Often called the “richest fishing competition in Southern Africa”, and almost certainly one of the biggest in SA, the Durban Ski-Boat festival is a multi-day, multi-discipline fishing tournament with prizes totalling into the millions. It’s quite a spectacle: Videos and images of the hundreds of boats that attend every year are quite amazing. What’s really cool is the club takes care of all boat security, launches and towing free of charge, and they go all out to accommodate everyone – there’s loads of entertainment for family and the kids. Check out the Durban Ski-Boat Club Festival.

Durban Skiboat Club during the Durban Ski Boat festival, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiDurban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 |



25 APRIL–2 MAY 2020

50 Boats. 200 Anglers. And your share of over half a million Rand’s worth of prizes. This year, the Offshore Classic in Gordon’s Bay is aiming to be the biggest offshore event in Africa. It’s a team comp, where members can assist you in every way, except helping to fight a fish, and each team can bring in four species of fish per day. And there are usually four extremely exciting fishing days. Can you feel it? It’s time for the Gordon’s Bay 2020 Offshore Classic.

Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club | Harbour Island | Phone 0795169155 or email:



27 APRIL–1 MAY 2020

It’s pure competitive fishing as the best of the best gather for the nationals at St Lucia this year. All fishing is done in accordance with IGFA and SADSAA rules, which are quite strict and precise, and only those anglers nominated by their provinces will participate. It’s SADSAA’s Game Fish Nationals.

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St Lucia Ski-Boat Club | St Lucia | 035 590 1376 |  


Note: These are all the fishing competitions currently on our radar. If you know of competitions or want your fishing competition on this list, email us at


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