NEW: All The Big Fishing Competitions In February
From marlin in Struisbaai to billfish at Mapelane and an Indian Ocean-wide marlin comp, discover the big fishing competitions in February
It’s game fishing coast to coast as we prepare for the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament at SA’s most southernly ski-boat club and gun for big billfish on the east coast. Then, fish an international comp right from your backyard. And stop for some awesome league bottom fishing midway at PE. These are the big fishing competitions February:
SUPER 6 LEAGUE: ROUND 3
1 FEBRUARY 2020
One of the most exciting local leagues in the country! PEDSAC’s Super 6 enters its round 3 at the start of February – there are six rounds per season, meaning the league is now midway. But, although the tournament is only open to anglers registered with PEDSAC, note that any visiting friends and guests of members can enter too. And the competition’s fierce.
Posted by Richard Donaldson on Saturday, 3 August 2019
There are simultaneous ladies and juniors classes – but everyone’s welcome to enter as seniors – and among the 30-odd species allowed (mostly bottomfish) you’re also able to go after some tuna and yellowtail. So register latest 31 January at 17:30 at the Club for this one-day event on 1 February 2020 (2 Feb reserved as bonus fishing day in case of bad weather) at PEDSAC.
BUFFALO RIVER MONSTER ANGLING COMP
1/2 FEBRUARY 2020
On the light-tackle side, it’s time again for the annual Monster Angling Comp on the Buffalo River. There’s a massive R75 000 up for grabs, plus 3 tagged fish that, if you hook them, are worth R10 000 each. Hosted by Border Light Tackle, tickets are usually available at tackle shops around East London, or phone Mr Gary Schroeder on 083 329 5093 to book your spot.
Border Light Tackle Boat Angling Association (B.L.T.B.A.A.) | 083 329 5093 | or 082 784 4987
TWO OCEANS MARLIN TOURNAMENT
7–14 FEBRUARY 2020
Struisbaai near L’Agulhas offers some of the Western Cape’s most fertile and biologically diverse oceans, and anglers know you get great fishing here all year round. But February is marlin time. What an awesome way to kick off the year of competitive fishing.
Two Oceans Marlin Tournament – Day 3After a short debate prior to leaving Struisbaai harbour Salti and its crew decided the 100m Contour South of the 12 Mile Bank and its abundant life would be the place to go to test our fate.Upon reaching the 100m contour all lines had been set, Woolworths breakfast served and the general banter of a day at sea had begun. And we are not talking about anything Freud, Nietzche or Einstein would have enjoyed.Well just before 08h00 our attention was brought to a 'fin' sticking out the water right behind our starboard lure/kona. Within a couple of seconds all hell broke loose. The kona was snapped up like a Friday bargain, the marlin leapt in the air twice to show his colours and swam off in the direction a passing tanker.After stripping all the nylon, approximately 300m, it decided to take some braid as well, probably another 150m or so.And so the (marlin) teasers were brought in, rods reeled in and stacked and everybody just jelled into a perfect team. All in double quick time.Jacques Van Niekerk fought the fish like an absolute star to the starboard side of the boat, Anton Steyn instigated the removal of the hooks and kona from the mouth and Jonathon Peach, our movie director, managed to capture it all on video.The rest is history.A job well done. A team I can be proud of. Well done guys you earned your bragging rights for the year to come.
Posted by Paul Van Niekerk on Monday, 20 February 2017
MAPELANE BILLFISH INVITATIONAL
16–22 FEBRUARY 2020
An on the east coast, another part of the country that’s super well-known for especially awesome game fishing. It’s time for the Mapelane Billfish Invitational.
This billfish competition in the beautiful St Lucia region of KwaZulu-Natal is hosted by Mapelane Ski-Boat Club and open to teams and individuals. And it’s also strictly catch-and-release on all billfish species. Check out the Mapelane Billfish Challenge.
Mapelane Ski-Boat Club | Mapelane Region KZN | 082 787 6005
INDIAN OCEAN MARLIN CUP
29 FEBRUARY 2020
Big prize money and exclusively marlin weighing over 500 pounds (that about 230kg and up) is the name of the game in this international competition. It’s hosted in Seychelles, but you don’t have to physically go there to compete. Anyone can take part, as long as you fish in demarcated zones inside the Indian Ocean (Including South Africa, North and South Australia and the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea).
March 2, 2019 the Indian Ocean is featured in the Indian Ocean Marlin Cup. Fish in your own country from Australia to South Africa. Time to hook on one of these is near! Still time to enter Fly Navarro http://www.flyzonefishing.com/indian-ocean-marlin-cup/
Posted by Grant Heyer on Friday, 22 February 2019
You can fish in local time and just call in your catches. It’s a super exciting way to run an international comp. In case you missed it last year, it was a rollover, so there are huge prizes at stake. Discover the Second Indian Ocean Marlin Cup.
Hosted by Seychelles Sports Fishing Club and FlyZone Fishing | Info and registration on their website
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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