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 – plus some postponed comps due to coronavirus
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.
Note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak in SA, some of the comps below have been postponed or cancelled. We’ve indicated which ones. And we’ll keep you updated about the rest too.
SADSAA BOTTOMFISH NATIONALS
POSTPONED until further notice
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. Originally slated from 30 March to 4 April, this comp has been postponed with no final date given yet. For now, check out the previous your’s results of the SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals.
THE RICHARDS BAY BONANZA
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.
Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZN | 035 753 2516 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
THE DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB FESTIVAL
Originally slated for 25–27 April 2020, organisers Durban Ski-Boat Club released a statement in March 2020, during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in South Africa, stating the they’ve decided to cancel the 2020 Durban Ski-Boat Club Festival.
Durban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFSHORE CLASSIC 2020
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: email@example.com
PORT ST FRANCIS TUNA CHALLENGE
27 APRIL–2 MAY 2020
R850 per angler, loads of big prizes to be one and the 3 best fishing days will decide who walks away as winners at this year’s Port St Francis Bay Ski-Boat and Yacht Club’s Tuna Challenge. Registration is at the ski-boat club in the bay from 15:00 on 27 April. Suzuki Marine will be there in force. See you there!
Port St Francis Ski-Boat and Yacht Club | 076 689 0422 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SADSAA GAME FISH NATIONALS
27 APRIL–1 MAY 2020 (may be postponed due to coronavirus)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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