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All The Big Fishing Competitions in May

Reeling in the big ones and flying the SA flag high at international tournaments in Simon’s Town and Havana, the ever-popular Interclub at Shelly Beach, plus many more happening in May…

Gamefish in Simon’s Town, tuna nationals in Hout Bay, Shelly Beach fun, lekker ones in Mapelane and Team SA heading off to Cuba. These are all the most exciting fishing competitions happening in May.


Fishing Competitions May 2024


EFSA Big Game Championship

6-10 May 2024

The European Federation of Sea Anglers returns to South Africa for the EFSA Big Game Championship in Simon’s Town, Cape Town. The event is hosted by SADSAA, the Western Province Deep Sea Angling Association, and the False Bay Yacht Club and will see anglers from all over the globe descend on False Bay to make their countries proud and reel in some big ones like Longfin, Yellow Fin, Big Eye, and Southern Blue Fin.

Check out the 2024 edition of the EFSA Big Game Championship.

For more info check out the EFSA website


Shelly Beach Interclub

10-12 May 2024

Around 32 angling clubs from all over South Africa will make their way to KZN for the two-day Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club Interclub Competition, a highlight on the East Coast angling calendar. 

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SADSAA Tuna Nationals 

19-26 May 2024

Three-person teams from across South Africa represent their provinces at the 2024 SADSAA Tuna Nationals. With Longfin, Yellowfin, and Big Eye on the scales, the best anglers in the country battle it out for glory in Hout Bay. Check out some of the action from previous years’ Tuna Nationals

Hout Bay Tuna Derby Atlantic Boat Club fishing competition November 2018 by Nauti-tech SuzukiAtlantic Boat Club | Harbour Rd, Hout Bay| 082 423 5979 | | Website | Facebook Page


Mapelane Trophy 

24-25 May 2024

Home to the country’s richest Game Fish, the Mapelane Trophy sees teams hunt some seriously trophy-worthy fish. It’s happening at Mapelane Ski-Boat Club

Get all the gamefish action of the Mapelane Trophy 2024.

Mapelane Ski-Boat Club, St Lucia | 083 448 0971


71st Ernest Hemingway International Billfish (Cuba)

27 May – 1 June 2024

Billed as the “highlight of Cuba’s fishing year”, the Ernest Hemingway International Billfish attracts anglers from as many as 30 countries. It’s hosted by the Hemingway International Yacht Club in Havana, Cuba and will see the Proes team flying the SA flag high.




Offshore to game fish, bottomfish to light tackle, couta and even some big international comps in heavenly places – all your big fishing tournaments in May 2022

From game fish nationals to all inlands and international bottomfish comps, to all coastals and big couta classics and a record Noordhiek Fish Derby this year. These are the big fishing tournaments in May you should know about.



1–2 MAY 2022

One of the big couta events of year. With big cash prizes and bonuses at Mtunzini this May. Discover the Umlalazi Couta Classic (some footage from a previous below to whet your appetite).

Umlalazi Ski-Boat Club | 1 Hulley Ave, Mtunzini |  035 340 1006



6–9 MAY 2022

This game fish tournament challenges angler teams of max 3 crew to go after trophy-worthy fish. It’s along one of our country’s richest game fish stretches at Mapelane Ski-Boat Club. And it’s open to entrants from all clubs. Check out the Mapelane Trophy Interclub.

Mapelane Trophy Interclub for May Fishing Competitions by Nauti-Tech SuzukiMapelane Ski-Boat Club, St Lucia | 082 787 6005



7–9 MAY 2022

Various clubs from around South Africa head down to Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club in KZN for the two-day interclub competition. It’s usually one of the highlight events of the year on the East Coast. Check out the Shelly Beach Interclub.

Shelly Beach Interclub at Ski Boat Club for Fishing Competitions May by Nauti-Tech SuzukiAlbert Meyer Dr, Shelly Beach, Margate | 039 315 1476 |



9–14 MAY 2022

The all inlands interprovincial kicks off at Sodwana. This one’s a game fish tournament, and you know everyone’s going to be after billfish and tuna. Hosted by Mpumalanga Deep Sea in Sodwana, check out the All Inlands Game Fish Interprovincial.

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13–16 MAY 2022

Natal, Border and EP head down to Gonubie – in Border country – for the 2022 tournament. Expect good fishing, lots of camaraderie and some more healthy competition. See what happened last year and get all the info for this year’s bottomfish all coastals.

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14—16 MAY 2022

Further down the coast in Pennington, Durban where the waters are plentiful in Shad and Kob, it’s time for the Pennington Gamefish Interprovincial! As always, the tournament is hosted by the Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA) at Pennington Ski-Boat Club and the name of the game is billfish and gamefish.

15 Gordge Road, Umbilo, Durban |031 205 6310 | | Website



17–22 MAY 2022

One half of SA’s oldest and best-known competitions is in May this year. Usually held along with the Rumbly Bay event in October, the new Own Choice Tuna Invitational is hosted by Western Province Deep Sea Angling and SADSAA. Also discover Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club’s Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational.

Posted by Jeff Daniels on Saturday, 19 October 2019

Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club, Miller’s Point | +27 (0)21 786 1763, WPDSAA | +27 (0)21 559 3996



20–22 MAY 2022

5 of SA’s best bottom fish anglers are heading to Olafsvik, Iceland, to battle it out with the toughest competition in Europe for this year’s EFSA Championships.

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21–22 MAY 2022

2 Days, 15+ prizes and over 70 boats – it’s all happening at “the other” club in Port Elizabeth 21-22 May 2022. Discover what to expect, the fishing schedule, how the prizes work, which species they’ll be targeting and how friends, family and everyone can be part of the action at the biggest ever Noordhoek Fish Derby.

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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



Also explore with us the ski-boat clubs of Border, and some of the country’s idyllic – the ski-boat clubs of the Southern Cape.

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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–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!

St Francis Tuna Challenge, fishing competitions in June by Nauti-Tech SuzukiPort St Francis Ski-Boat and Yacht Club | 076 689 0422 |

Get all the important info about The Tuna Challenge.


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 |  



3–4 MAY 2019

An awesome game fish competition hosted by the Marlin Ski-Boat Club. There are only 60 spots for anglers, with a max team size of 5 anglers and a skipper. Discover the Game Fish Classic.

Marlin Ski Boat Club Game Fish Classic in Port Edward for May Fishing Competitions by Nauti-Tech SuzukiMarlin Ski-Boat Club | North Sand Bluff, Port Edward | 039 311 2811 |



3–9 MAY 2020

Not within SA borders, but in Guatemala, the 80th ILTTA tournament is happening in May 2020. And you know that SADSAA is sending a stellar protea team to represent SA. Known for producing some exciting fishing in the bluest of blue waters, check out the ILTTA Billfish Tournament.

International Light Tackle Tournament Association | | Guatemala 



11–14 MAY 2020

Probably one of the most exciting-sounding comps this month, the EFSA is holding their European Big Game Championships at Mindelo in Cape Vere, a beautiful Atlantic Ocean archipelago off the West Coast of Africa. And it’s a billfish tourney. SADSAA will be sending a protea team over to represent at the EFSA Big Game Championships

European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) | | Cape Verde



30–31 MAY 2019

Usually a very cool experience for the whole family. The Zinkwazi Interclub invites anglers from around the country, but the registration and prize giving days normally feature live music, dancing and good food, so this is one the whole family and enjoy together. And, if you’ve never been to this part of KZN (near the Tugela mouth between DBN and Richard’s Bay), it’s a good opportunity to come to see a clubhouse built right onto the beach (literally). Check out the Zinkwazi Interclub.

Zinkwazi Ski Boat Club for the Interclub Fishing Competition May by Nauti-Tech SuzukiZinkwazi SKi Boat Club | Zinkwazi Beach | 072 478 6392 |



30–31 MAY 2019

The second big couta challenge of the month. We’re back at Mapelane Ski-Boat Club at the end of May for the Mapelane Couta Derby.

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31 MAY–5 JUNE 2020

This annual game fish tournament lets you enter a boat and anglers, or with a jet-ski. It’s hosted by the Southern Gauteng Deep Sea Angling Association and the Guinjata Sports Fishing Club (in Germiston) in Guinjata Bay in Mozambique, about 6 hours’ drive north-east from Maputo. And you can still enter at a late fee of R1100 per angler or R1500 per jet-ski. Watch the video and discover the 2019 Guinjata Bonanza.

Guinjata Bay, Mozambique | Guinjata Sports Fishing Club | | 083 271 4192



Also discover all this year’s big fishing competitions and fishing tournaments in June.

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Take a look back at the 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals.

Also check out SA game fish captain Shane Dennis’s tips for making a couta trace.


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