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UPDATE: Big Fishing Competitions in 2019

From local bottomfish challenges, interclubs and big game to international Sport Fishing World Games and the Indian Ocean Marlin Cup, the Couta Classic, Tuna Masters and Durban Ski-Boat Festival. These are the big offshore and boat fishing competitions coming up in 2019

Update: 1 January 2019

From the big Sport Fishing World Games hosted in SA in 2019 to national and provincial fishing competitions and championships. From small, local club competitions, to boat fishing, shore angling, bass fishing and carp. These are all the big fishing, offshore and boat fishing competitions in South Africa and abroad to look forward to in 2019.

We’re updating our selection as info becomes available. If you want your fishing competition to be mentioned here, send us an email at hello@nautitechsuzuki.com

 

 

Fishing competitions: March 2019

 

INDIAN OCEAN MARLIN CUP 2019

1–2 March 2019

There’s big prize money and only marlin over 500 pounds (that about 230kg and up) make the cut for this international competition. What’s really cool is that, although it’s hosted in Seychelles, you don’t have to physically go there to compete. 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 using local time and just call in your catches. It’s a super exciting way to run an international comp. Discover the first-ever Indian Ocean Marlin Cup.

Indian Ocean Cup Syechelles, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiHosted by FlyZone Fishing in Seychelles | Info and registration on their website

 

PEDSAC SUPER 6: ROUND 4

4 MARCH 2019

PEDSAC hosts Round 4 of the Super 6 tournament. It’s open to all anglers and there are some cool prizes up for grabs. Best of all, entry is just R100 (R70 for club members and R30 for juniors). So, if you’re in PE at the time, check out PEDSAC’s Super 6.

Fishing Boats in PE, fishing competitions at PEDSAC by Nauti-Tech SuzukiPEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

SGDSAA ROSEBOWL

10–15 MARCH 2019

All the Southern Gauteng Deep Sea Angling Association clubs head to Shelly Beach (KZN) for the annual interclub competition, known as the Rosebowl. It’s a game- and billfish tournament, 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 Rosebowl, Southern Gauteng Interclub Challenge in Shelley Beach, by nauti-tech suzukiSGDSAA: lynadams@mweb.co.za | Hosted at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club | Albert Meyer Dr, Shelly Beach, Margate | 039 315 1476

 

ALL INLAND INTERPROVINCIAL

18–22 MARCH 2019

All of SA’s inland provincial teams meet in Sodwana this month for the All-Inland Interprovincials, hosted by the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association (MDSAA). It’s a game- and billfish tourney and the provincial teams are usually joined by a few club teams for the simultaneous All-Inland Clubs comp. And, as always, the competition promotes tag and release.

MDSAA: mdsaafishing@gmail.com | Hosted in Sodwana Bay

 

LEGENDS MARLIN TOURNAMENT 2019

20–24 MARCH 2019

Although most guys gun for big billfish, the Legends tournament has some awards for game fish, too. It’s a very popular tournament this time of year, and the fishing takes place in the St Lucia Estuary.

Legends Marlin Tournament, St Lucia, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiSt Lucia Ski-Boat Club | St Lucia | 035 590 1376 | chairman@slsbc.co.za

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MARLIN CUP SOUTH AFRICA

28 MARCH–1 APRIL 2019

Another big marlin competition at the end of summer 2019. The SA Marlin Cup is hosted at Meerensee Boat Club in KZN.

Marlin Cup South Africa, Richards bay, Meerensee Boat Club, by Nauti-tech SuzukiMeerensee Boat Club | 035 788 0258 | manage@msbc.co.za

 

UMKOMAAS INTERCLUB

29 MARCH–1 APRIL 2019

The club with the famous “chocolate water” and good fishing on Natal’s South Coast are hosting the regional interclub comp.

Umkomaas Fishing Competition, Umkomaas interclub 2019, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiUmkomaas Ski Boat Club | 083 284 9104 | umkomaassbc@gmail.com

 

PEDSAC SUPER 6: ROUND 5

30 MARCH 2019

It’s all about bottom fish as PEDSAC hosts Round 5 of the Super 6 tournament. It’s open to all anglers and there are some cool prizes up for grabs. Best of all, entry is just R100 (R70 for club members and R30 for juniors). So, if you’re in PE at the time, check out PEDSAC’s Super 6.

Boats that practice Bottom Fish Conservation at ECM Ford Species Challenge Fishing Competition in Port Elizabeth by Nauti-Tech Suzuki
PEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

Fishing tournaments: April 2019

 

WARNADOONE INTERCLUB

5–6 APRIL 2019

It’s all about bottom fish as the anglers of KZN prep for their next interclub competition at Warnadoone Ski-Boat Club near Amanzimtoti. The area is known for producing fine fishermen. And we’re always especially delighted to see the youngsters perform really well at this club level. If you can, get down to Warner Beach for the interclub tournament at Warnadoone.

Skiboat Club Interclub festival 2018

Posted by Carol Lane on Friday, 20 April 2018

Warnadoone SBC | 1 Warnerdoone Road, Warner Beach, KZN | 072 540 9998 | warnadooneskiboatclub@gmail.com

 

COUTA CLASSIC

6–7 APRIL 2019

One of the species South Africa is famous for: The King Mackerel, also known as the Spanish Mackerel or Couta. They’re found along the KwaZulu-Natal coast all the way up to Mozambique. This April, the big Couta Classic happens off the coast of Mtunzini, north of Durban and near Richards Bay.

Umlalazi SBC | 1 Hulley Ave, Mtunzini | 035 340 1006 | umlalazi@telkomsa.net

 

TUNA MASTERS

8–13 APRIL 2019

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 | info@tunamasterscapetown.co.za

 

DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB: INTERCLUB TOURNAMENT

12–14 APRIL 2019

Most of the major KZN clubs are heading off to Durban for the interclub competition. It’s one of the prime fishing spots around SA, with great options for both bottom and game fishing. And just one of the big fishing events happening in Durban this month.

Dorado Fishing in Durban, Durban Interclub competition, by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Durban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za

 

THE RICHARDS BAY BONANZA

19–21 APRIL 2019

A unique fishing competition in that it’s open to almost all classes of fishing, from true deep sea to bay fishing, from bottom fish to game and even sailfish. Although it’s 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.

Richards Bay Bonanza, Richards Bay Fishing, by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZN | 035 753 2516 | info@rbsbc.co.za  

 

THE DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB FESTIVAL

19–21 APRIL 2019

Often called the “richest fishing competition in Southern Africa”, the Durban  Ski-Boat festival is a multi-day, multi-discipline fishing tournament with around R1.5-million in prizes up for grabs. It’s quite a spectacle: Videos and images of the hundreds of boats that attend every year are quite amazing. What’s really cool is the club takes care of all boat security, launches and towing free of charge, and they go all out to accommodate everyone – there’s loads of entertainment for family and the kids.

Note: The contents happens over Easter weekend in 2019.

Durban Skiboat Club during the Durban Ski Boat festival, by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Durban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za

 

PEDSAC SUPER 6: ROUND 6

27 APRIL 2019

It’s the final round of PEDSAC’s Super 6 tournament. It’s open to all anglers and there are some cool prizes up for grabs. Best of all, entry is just R100 (R70 for club members and R30 for juniors). So, if you’re in PE at the time, check out PEDSAC’s Super 6.

PE Harbour from Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club PEDSAC by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

PEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

SADSAA GAME FISH NATIONALS

29 APRIL–3 MAY 2019

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.

SADSAA Game fish Nationals Fishing Competition, by Nauti-Tech Suzuki
St Lucia Ski-Boat Club | St Lucia | 035 590 1376 | chairman@slsbc.co.za  

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January 2019

 

PEDSAC SUPER 6: ROUND 3

26 JANUARY 2019

It’s all about bottom fish as PEDSAC hosts Round 3 of the Super 6 tournament. (Look out for Rounds 4 and 5 later in March, too). It’s a PEDSAC thing but it’s open to all anglers and there are some cool prizes up for grabs. Best of all, entry is just R100 (R70 for club members and R30 for juniors). So, if you’re in PE at the time, check out PEDSAC’s Super 6.

Port Elizabeth PEDSAC fishing comeptitionsPEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

February 2019

NEWS: SA HOSTS THE WORLD ANGLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

Throughout February, South Africa hosts the world’s top anglers in all fishing categories. From big game to fly fishing, bass and carp, shore angling and light-tackle and more. All in all, it’s 15 different world championships happening in various locations around the country. Get all the dates, info, species and locations in our post on the fourth-ever Sport Fishing World Games SA 2019.

Sport fishing world games 2019 South Africa world championships by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

 

RICHARDS BAY BILLFISH CLASSIC

6–9 FEBRUARY 2019

A prestigious big game fishing tournament hosted by Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club for individuals, clubs and teams – including interprovincial and international teams. Expect big cash prizes and note that the competition is usually limited to only around 50 or 60 boats. This is also full-on catch-and-release competition. See you at the Richards Bay Billfish Classic 2019.

Richards Bay BillFish Classic Fishing Competition by Nauti-Tech SuzukiRichards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZN | 035 753 2516 | info@rbsbc.co.za 

 

FIPS-M WORLD ANGLING GAMES – BIG GAME FISH (TROLLING)

9–17 FEBRUARY 2019

South Africa plays host to international fishing body Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive–Mer (FIPS-M)’s 2019 World Angling Games Big Game Fishing tournament in Sodwana Bay. It’s a special one: National teams from all around the world will assemble in Sandton, JHB, on 9 February 2019 for the flag and march opening ceremony, and then fly to King Shaka airport in Durban on 10 February. They’ll be shuttled to Sodwana – just imagine, all the world’s top fisherman “roughing it” with no hotel – for four days of top-flight international fishing. Species are marlin, sailfish and game fish, especially tuna. Check out the 2019 FIPS-M World Angling Games.

FIPS Big Game World Angling Games 2019 in Sodwana by Nauti-Tech SuzukiHosted in Sodwana | SADSAA | 083 284 5969 | chris.schorn@davwen.co.za  

 

MAPELANE BILLFISH INVITATIONAL

11–15 FEBRUARY 2019

A billfish competition in the beautiful Mapelane region of KwaZulu-Natal. Open to teams and individuals. This competition is strictly by invitation only. And also strictly release on all billfish species. Check out the Mapelane Billfish Invitational 2019.

Mapelane BillFish Invitational Fishing Competion at Mapelane Ski Boat Club by Nauti-Tech SuzukiMapelane Ski Boat Club | Mapelane Region KZN | 082 787 6005

 

LADIES DAY – DURBAN

17 FEBRUARY 2019

All ladies welcome. A fishing competition just for the fairer sex. Check out Durban’s Ladies Day competition.

Ladies Day Fishing Competition at Durban Ski Boat Club by Nauti-Tech SuzukiDurban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za

 

ALL COASTALS – BOTTOM FISH INTERPROVINCIAL

20–23 FEBRUARY 2019

The next edition of the inter-provincial All Coastals is taking place at Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club PEDSAC. All of SA’s coastal provinces will gather for three days of intense fishing in some of the richest spots for good bottom fishing. See you at the 2019 Bottom Fish All Coastals.

Boat in PE at PEDSAC ski boat club in Port Elizabeth by Nauti-Tech SuzukiPEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

ZULULAND BILLFISH INTERPROVINCIAL

20–23 FEBRUARY 2019

The other big interprovincial comp happening in February. This one’s all about the big billfish. Richards Bay Ski Boat Club plays host to the 2019 Zululand BillFish Interprovincial.

Zululand Billfish Invitational fishing comeptition at Richards Bay Ski Boat Club by Nauti-Tech SuzukiZululand Deep Sea Angling: 035 753 5804 | Hosted: Richards Bay Ski-Boat Club | 1 Beach Road, Meer En See, KZN | 035 753 2516 |info@rbsbc.co.za

 

2018 PAST COMPETITIONS: REPORTS

FIPS-M BIG GAME WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

29 SEPTEMBER–6 OCTOBER 2018

The Proteas are off to the French south-coast town of Frontignan La Peyrade, hosted by French club La Pêche Sportive Frontignanaise for the 27th annual FIPS–M (Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive–Mer) Big Game Fishing World Championships 2018.

SA Protea National Angling Team at FIPS-M Big Game World Championships in Frontignan France 2018 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

SEPTEMBER COMPS IN MORE DETAIL

 

LIMPOPO INTERCLUB/LETABA SKI-BOAT CLUB COMP

1–5 OCTOBER 2018

Limpopo’s interclub competition is hosted by Letaba Ski-Boat Club, in the picturesque Paindane in Mozambique.

Letaba SkiBoat Club INterclub boat fishing competition Mozambique october 2018 by Nauti-Tech SuzukiLetaba Ski-Boat Club | Paindane, Mozambique | +27 (0)15 307-5016 and Letaba’s Facebook page.

KWAZULU-NATAL BOTTOMFISH INTERZONALS

21–23 SEPTEMBER

Central, Lower South Coast, USC, North Coast and all of KwaZulu-Natal’s top zonal fishing teams met at Warnadoone Ski Boat Club at Warner Beach. And a pleasant surprise was how well the juniors (making up just less than half of all entrants) performed this year. Plus: there were some monsters fish. See all the results and images of the 2018 Natal Bottomfish Interzonal competition.

NDSAA Natal Interzonals Bottom Fishing Competition Warnadoone Warner Beach Amanzimtoti KZN by Nauti-Tech SuzukiWarnadoone Skiboat Club | 1 Warnadoone Road | Warner Beach | +27 (0)72 540 9998
Association: Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA) | +27 (0)31 205 6310

KLEINBAAI BOTTOM FISH INTERPROVINCIAL

8–11 August 2018

Red Stump at Kleinbaai BottomFish Fishing Competition South Africa by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Eastern Province performed very well at the most recent bottomfish interprovincial event, taking both first and second place. Read all about the big fish caught at the biggest-ever Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial in August 2018 at Overberg Boat Club.

50TH RUMBLY BAY TUNA INTERPROVINCIAL & INVITATIONAL

15–20 OCTOBER 2018

One of SA’s oldest and best-known competitions, now in its 50th instalment. The Western Province Deep Sea Angling Association (WPDSAA) and Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club in Simon’s Town welcome all national, provincial and novice teams to come and make history at the Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational 2018.

Rumbly Bay Tuna INvitational boat fishing competition Cape town october 2018 by Nauti-tech SuzukiCape Boat and Ski-Boat Club | Miller’s Point | +27 (0)21 786 1763
Association: WPDSAA | +27 (0)21 559 399

12 X 12 SPECIES

26–28 OCTOBER 2018

One of SA’s most conservation-minded competitions, only 12 species fished and each team Can only catch and weigh five of each at the 12 X 12 Species challenge in St Lucia.

12 x 12 species boat fishing competition st lucia by Nauti-Tech SuzukiSt Lucia Ski-Boat Club | St Lucia | +27 (0)35 590 1376
Association: Zululand Deep Sea Angling Association (ZDSAA) | +27 (0)35 753 5804

OCTOBER COMPS IN MORE DETAIL

FALSE BAY INSHORE CLASSIC

2–4 NOVEMBER 2018

Five bottom species, bonus prizes for special catches and Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club’s big 50th birthday celebration. This bottomfish competition is open to all anglers – entry R350 – and you’re encouraged to bring your entire family down to beautiful Harbour Island in Cape Town for live music, entertainment, fun and steak and rib nights and braais for everyone all weekend long. Get all the info on the False Bay Inshore Classic.

Gordon's bay Boat Angling Club, Harbour Island, Cape Town Fishing Competition by Nauti-Tech Suzuki
Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club | info@gbbac.co.za | +27 (0)21 856 1683 

TWO OCEANS TUNA DERBY, HOUT BAY

5–10 NOVEMBER 2018

Open to all entrants and boats, you can fish anywhere between Cape Town and Gordon’s Bay as long as you come and weigh in at the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay. Expect good fishing and big tuna at the 2018 Two Oceans Tuna Derby in Hout Bay.

Hout Bay Tuna Derby Tuna Boat Fishing Competitions Cape Town by Nauti-Tech SuzukiAtlantic Boat Club | Hout Bay | tunaderby@atlanticboatclub.co.za | +27 (0)21 790 2930

OET BILLFISH & GAMEFISH

5–9 NOVEMBER 2018

Now in its 41st annual instalment, Sodwana Bay once again hosts the strictly catch and release on all billfish and kingfish OET Bill and Gamefish tourney in Sodwana Bay.

OET BillFish and game Fish Boat Fishing Comprtition Sodwana Bay by Nauti-tech SuzukiMpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association | Sodwana Bay | mdssaafishing@gmail.com | +27 (0)84 805 3077

ILTTA

11–16 NOVEMBER 2018

The SA Protea fishermen are off to South America to battle the world’s best anglers for big game and sailfish at the 78th annual ILTTA’s International Light Tackle Tournament in Guatemala.

Fishing Competitions, all offshore and boat fishing competitions by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

BILLFISH 15000

12–16 NOVEMBER 2018

One of the most popular billfish events in the world, with entrants from Finland, Wales, Italy, Australia, England, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and more, the Dorado Ski Boat Club comes to Sodwana Bay to host the 32nd annual BillFish 15000 tournament.

Fishing Competitions November 2018 BillFish 15000 Sodwana Bay by nauti-tech suzukiDorado Ski Boat Club | Sodwana Bay | billfish@dorado-sbc.co.za | +27 (0)79 635 4116 | +27 (0)82 654 8542

ECM FORD BOTTOM SPECIES CHALLENGE

16–18 NOVEMBER 2018

Firmly on track to soon become one of SA’s first no-kill bottomfish competitions – out of the 10 species nominated, 6 are strictly catch, weigh and release this year (up from 4 in 2017). You can win a new boat plus Suzuki motor and trailer at the 2nd annual ECM Ford Bottom Species Challenge in Port Elizabeth. Also see how the comp works and about the unique bottom fish conservation efforts at this competition hosted at PEDSAC in PE.

ECM ford Bottom Species Challenge in PE by Nauti-Tech SuzukiPort Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (PEDSAC) | PE | +27 (0)41 582 2701 | www.pedsac.co.za

SADSAA LIGHT- AND HEAVY-TACKLE BILLFISH NATIONALS

19–23 NOVEMBER 2018

The best of SA fishermen head to Sodwana Bay for the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA) Light-Tackle and Heavy-Tackle BillFish Nationals.

SADSAA Light Tackle and Heavy Tackle BillFish Nationals South Africa November 2018 by Nauti-Tech SuzukiSADSAA | Sodwana Bay | info@sadsaa.co.za | +27 (0)83 284 5969

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