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All The Big Fishing Competitions In February

From marlin in Struisbaai to big billfish at Mapelane and Richards Bay – these are the big fishing competitions of February 2022

It’s game fishing coast to coast as we prepare for the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament at SA’s most southerly ski-boat club and gun for big billfish at Mapelane and Richard’s Bay on the east coast. These are the big fishing competitions in February:



11–18 FEBRUARY 2022

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. Mark 11-18 February 2022 on your calendar, and head out at Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club in Struisbaai to discover the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament.

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13–18 FEBRUARY 2022

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.

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24–27 FEBRUARY 2022

Further down the coast is the Richards Bay Ski-boat Club, with awesome facilities and home to SA’s best-known provincial-level billfish tournaments. Fished under SADSAA and IGFA rules and in the 37kg line class, the tournament is a strictly catch-and-release marlin competition. Check out this year’s Billfish Invitational.

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


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





5–12 February 2021 – Two Oceans Marlin Tournament

21–26 February 2021 – Mapelane Billfish Invitational




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.

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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.

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Border Light Tackle Boat Angling Association (B.L.T.B.A.A.) | 083 329 5093 | or 082 784 4987



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). 

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


In February of last year (2019), South Africa hosted what is likely the biggest fishing event in the world. Here’s a look back at what happened at the Sport Fishing World Games 2019.


Also discover all the fishing competitions in March, upcoming fishing tournaments in April and all this year’s big fishing competitions.

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