UPDATE: Postponed Fishing Competitions in March
From comps that have already taken place to the latest on postponed events due to SA’s coronavirus outbreak – here’s what’s happening with all the big upcoming fishing competitions in March
From billfish to bottom species and more, here’s how the coronavirus outbreak in SA is affecting fishing competitions in March.
NOTE: All fishing competitions have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. National-level comps of 2020 are all moved to 2021 and provincial comps are expected to see the same impact. We’ll update when we have more info.
In the meantime, See the full story on recreational fishing in lockdown.
With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa – first case announced on 5 March 2020 before the president declared a national disaster by case no 62 on 15 March 2020 – and the subsequent bans on travel, urge to cancel events and for people to self-isolate themselves to curb the spread of the virus, many of the planned fishing competitions have been postponed.
Here’s a list of which comps have been postponed, which already took place and which ones we just don’t know yet:
POSTPONED FISHING COMPS IN MARCH
ECM SPECIES CHALLENGE
POSTPONED until 4–5 April 2020 (potentially even later)
10 Fish species, a conservation-first release method and over R100k in prizes to be won! The ECM 10-species comp at PEDSAC is back and there are loads of prizes to be won. From the initial 14 March date, this comp was postponed until April due to bad weather, but now we’ve been asked to note that it might be postponed even later pending updates on the national situation. Get all the latest comp info, dates, entry forms and qualifying species for this year’s ECM Species Challenge.
POSTPONED until 5 December 2020
Paddle ski, jetski and boat fishing competition – over R400k’s worth of total prizes to be won, including a pair of brand-new Suzuki DF70s valued at R234k. Initially planned for 21–22 March 2020, this comp and event has been moved to December this year. At least we’ll still get a chance to experience the big annual festival at Umhlanga Ski-Boat Club, with big prizes, beer tent, live entertainment, kids play area and two days of fun at the 2020 Umhlanga Festival.
Umhlanga Ski-Boat Club | 75 Twilight Drive Umhlanga Rocks, KZN | Website | 083 793 8094 or 083 488 3119
SADSAA JUNIOR GAMEFISH NATIONALS
POSTPONED until further notice
SA’s best and brightest young game anglers head to Point Yacht Club in Durban for the Junior Gamefish Nationals 2020. Originally planned for 22 March 2020, this comp was postponed with no final date given. Organised by SADSAA and hosted Natal Deep Sea Angling, discover the Junior Gamefish Nationals.
Hosted at Point Yacht Club | 3 Maritime Place, Durban | 031 301 4787
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. Check out the SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals.
COMPS THAT ALREADY TOOK PLACE
RICHARDS BAY BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL
4–7 MARCH 2020
33 Anglers in 11 teams for 9 provinces. 5 Marlin species and 3 days of top-level game fishing. The Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial is a 37kg line-class interprovincial organised by Zululand Deep Sea Angling and hosted at Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club.
Conditions look good weather-wise for an exciting comp. See all the participating anglers, teams, qualifying species, tournament rules and the final winners at this year’s Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial.
Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZNl | 035 753 2516 | email@example.com
SGDSAA ROSEBOWL INTERCLUB
8–13 MARCH 2020
The clubs of Southern Gauteng Deep Sea Angling Association go to Guinjata for the annual Rosebowl – their interclub deep sea fishing tournament. It’s a game- and billfish competition, with most guys going after marlin and sailfish. But a good catch of tuna has been known to tip the favour of a club very quickly, so be on your toes. Discover the annual SGDSAA Rosebowl.
SGDSAA: firstname.lastname@example.org | Hosted by Guinjata (venue TBC) | 083 271 4192
DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB INTERCLUB
14–15 MARCH 2020
With the club having moved into their awesome new location in Durban, the teams gathered for an interclub that ultimately won by the visiting team from Mapelane Ski Boat Club, with Warnadoone in second place, followed by Richards Bay. The Durban club teams placed 4th, 5th and 10th. And this was all just ahead of the Club announcing they’re potentially cancelling the famous annual Durban Ski-Boat Festival due for April. (We’ll keep you posted.)
Durban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | email@example.com
WE’RE NOT SURE IF THESE ARE STILL HAPPENING
We haven’t received an official statement from the below competition organisers regarding their planned fishing competitions in March. If you have any information, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update this post. There’s uncertainty around these comps:
MARLIN CUP SOUTH AFRICA
24–29 MARCH 2020
This year being fished from two locations! The 2020 Marlin Cup – South Africa is on and hosted in 2020 by Meerensee Boat Club in both Richards Bay and in Sodwana Bay. And the prize is huge – 80% of all entry monies goes to the top boat with the most releases.
Entry is R15 000 per team of 5. Discover the Marlin Cup South Africa 2020.
Meerensee Boat Club | 035 788 0258 | email@example.com
28–30 MARCH 2020
The club with the famous “chocolate water” and good fishing on Natal’s South Coast are hosting the regional interclub comp.
Umkomaas Ski Boat Club | 083 284 9104 | firstname.lastname@example.org
STILL TO BE CONFIRMED…
LEGENDS MARLIN TOURNAMENT 2020
This competition normally takes place in March every year, but we have not yet received confirmation about the 2020 Legends Marlin Tournament from hosts St Lucia Ski-Boat Club as yet. We’ll keep you posted.
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.
SOME CORONAVIRUS INFO
The coronavirus is officially a pandemic, but the World Health Organisation stresses that it’s controllable through limiting travel and postponing large gatherings of people (such as fishing events). Self-isolation is also advised – fishing anyone?
If you suspect you or someone you know has contracted the virus, don’t go to the doctor. Instead, phone SA’s Coronavirus Hotline on 0800 029 999. They’ll be able to help you much faster and more efficiently.
All the big tournaments for 2020? See all the fishing competitions in April (there are a few postponed here too), upcoming fishing tournaments in May. And check out the collection of this year’s fishing competitions.
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