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UPDATE: Big Fishing Competitions in 2020

From local bottom fish challenges, interclubs and game fish tournaments to provincial and international competitions and Ski-Boat Festivals, plus all the big tuna and gamefish competitions. These are the big offshore and boat fishing competitions coming up in 2020

From small, local club competitions, to boat fishing, deep sea and offshore angling. These are all the big fishing competitions in South Africa and abroad to look forward to in 2020. Plus: Highlights from 2019.

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 and check out the entire collection of awesome video fishing tips. Plus: Did you know you can now buy all your boat gear online?

PS: See how the planet while fishing with the new Suzuki MicroPlastic Collection Device.

We’re updating our selection as info, images and videos become available. If your fishing competition is not here yet, send us an email at hello@nautitechsuzuki.com

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FISHING TOURNAMENTS: OCTOBER 2020

COVID 19 TUNA BONANZA

10–17 OCTOBER 2020

21 Boats. 4 Days. And 40 lekker tuna. After a crazy year of isolation and continuing worry, Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club decided to organise one of the first sizable commercial tournaments we’ve seen after the lockdown. And you should see the heaviest fish caught at the Covid 19 Tuna Bonanza in Gordon’s Bay.

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FISHING TOURNAMENTS: MARCH 2020

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 and tournament rules for this year’s Richards Bay Billfish Interprovincial.

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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 Rosebowl, Southern Gauteng Interclub Challenge in Shelley Beach, by nauti-tech suzukiSGDSAA: lynadams@mweb.co.za | Hosted by Guinjata (venue TBC) | 083 271 4192

 

ECM SPECIES CHALLENGE

14–15 MARCH 2020

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. Get all the comp info, dates, entry forms and qualifying species for this year’s ECM Species Challenge.

ECM ford Bottom Species Challenge in PE by Nauti-Tech SuzukiPEDSAC | Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth | 041-582 2701 | denise@pedsac.co.za

 

DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB INTERCLUB

14–15 MARCH 2020

With construction on the waterfront moving along swiftly – and the club looking forward to a new residence soon – Durban Ski-Boat Club hosts an exciting interclub in March. And that’s all working up to the big annual ski-boat festival coming up in April.

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UMHLANGA FESTIVAL

21–22 MARCH 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. It’s time again for 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.

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SADSAA JUNIOR GAMEFISH NATIONALS

22–27 MARCH 2020

SA’s best and brightest young game anglers head to Point Yacht Club in Durban for the Junior Gamefish Nationals 2020. Organised by SADSAA and hosted Natal Deep Sea Angling, discover the Junior Gamefish Nationals.

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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.

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

 

UMKOMAAS INTERCLUB

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

 

SADSAA BOTTOMFISH NATIONALS

30 MARCH–4 APRIL 2020

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. Check out the SADSAA Bottom Fish Nationals.

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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 hello@nautitechsuzuki.com.

 

STILL TO BE CONFIRMED…

LEGENDS MARLIN TOURNAMENT 2020

ST LUCIA

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.

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

 

FISHING TOURNAMENTS: APRIL 2020

THE RICHARDS BAY BONANZA

10–12 APRIL 2020

A unique fishing competition that’s open to almost all classes of fishing, from true deep sea to bay fishing, from bottom fish to game and even sailfish – not to mention jetty fishing for the young ones. 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. It’s a big community affair, too. Check out the Richard’s Bay Fishing Bonanza.

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

 

TUNA MASTERS

21–25 APRIL 2020

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

 

THE DURBAN SKI-BOAT CLUB FESTIVAL

25–27 APRIL 2020

Often called the “richest fishing competition in Southern Africa”, and almost certainly one of the biggest in SA, the Durban Ski-Boat festival is a multi-day, multi-discipline fishing tournament with prizes totalling into the millions. 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. Check out the Durban Ski-Boat Club Festival.

Durban Skiboat Club during the Durban Ski Boat festival, by Nauti-Tech SuzukiDurban Ski Boat Club | 1 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Durban | 031 337 9506 | accounts@durbanskiboatclub.co.za

 

OFFSHORE CLASSIC 2020

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: info@gbbac.co.za

 

PORT ST FRANCIS TUNA CHALLENGE

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 | info@sfb-skiboatclub.co.za

 

SADSAA GAME FISH NATIONALS

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 | chairman@slsbc.co.za  

 

FISHING TOURNAMENTS: MAY 2020

BOTTOMFISH ALL COASTALS

1–3 MAY 2020

After securing a surprising win against a stellar Border Blue team in last year’s all coastals, Eastern Province, along with all the coastals teams, will head down to Gonubie, in Border country, for the 2020 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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NOORDHOEK SBC STOCK FISH DERBY

1–3 MAY 2020

Awesome hake fishing, live DJs, pizza, fish, pancakes, a big Father’s Day spitbraai and free camping for all competitors in this year’s Stockfish Derby at Noordhoek Ski-Boat Club. Skippers’ briefing is from 18:00 on 1 May, and then there’s good fishing and loads of family fun during the Noordhoek Stock Fish Derby.

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UMLALAZI COUTA CLASSIC

2–3 MAY 2020

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

 

PORT EDWARD GAME FISH CLASSIC

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 | marlinskiboatclub@telkomsa.net

 

ILTTA BILLFISH TOURNAMENT (INTERNATIONAL)

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 | https://www.iltta.org/ | Guatemala 

 

ALL INLANDS INTERPROVINCIAL

4–8 MAY 2020

Just one day after the all coastals gets awarded, the all inlands interprovincial kicks off at Sodwana. But this one’s a game fish tournament, and you know everyone’s going to be after billfish and tuna. Hosted by Mpumalanga Deep Sea, check out the All Inlands Game Fish Interprovincial.

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EFSA EUROPEAN BIG GAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: BILLFISH TOURNAMENT (INTERNATIONAL)

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) | http://efsafishing.org/ | Cape Verde

 

MAPELANE TROPHY INTERCLUB

14–17 MAY 2020

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

 

SHELLY BEACH INTERCLUB

16–17 MAY 2019

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 | shellyp@venturenet.co.za

 

RUMBLY BAY, TUNA INTERPROVINCIAL

19–23 MAY 2020

One of SA’s oldest and best-known competitions is moving to May this year. Usually held in October, the Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational is unique in that in it’s both an open commercial comp and an official Tuna Interprovincial hosted by Western Province Deep Sea Angling and SADSAA. So you really get the best of both. Discover Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club’s Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational.

Bigeye Tuna at 50th Annual Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational Big Game Fishing Competition Cape Town, Simon's Town Miller's Point by Nauti-Tech SuzukiCape Boat and Ski-Boat Club, Miller’s Point | +27 (0)21 786 1763, WPDSAA | +27 (0)21 559 3996

 

ZINKWAZI INTERCLUB

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 | zinkskiboat@gmail.com

 

MAPELANE COUTA DERBY

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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GUINJATA BONANZA

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 | info@fishguinjata.co.za | 083 271 4192

 

FISHING TOURNAMENTS: JUNE 2020

WARNADOONE SBC INTERCLUB

13–14 JUNE 2020

Copper, musselcracker and more – it’s a bottom angler’s paradise as Warnadoone once again invites teams from all over SA to Kingsburgh for their annual interclub. An awesome comp, with live music and great food after lines up. Discover the Warnadoone Interclub.

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SHELLY BEACH SKI-BOAT FESTIVAL

24–27 JUNE 2020

One of the country’s best-known winter gamefish competitions, this festival enjoys a lot of support – there were over 150 anglers fishing it in 2018 – and there are loads o prizes to be won. Traditionally, the heaviest fish in this comp was usually a yellowfin, amberjack or king mackerel (couta). What will it be at this year’s Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Festival? Discover it at Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club.

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MAPELANE JUNIOR INTERCLUB

25–28 JUNE 2020

An awesome opportunity for juniors from all over. It’s a comp strictly for the juniors and in very rich fishing waters at Mapelane Ski-Boat Club. You can usually fish anything from small yellowfin to couta and bonito right off the 50m reef near launch. Check out the Mapelane Junior Interclub.

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FISHING TOURNAMENTS: JULY 2020

21 SPECIES RICHARDS BAY

3–5 JULY 2020

Two days, 21 prizes, live entertainment and food stalls and a special kids fishing comp. The 21 Species is happening again at Meerensee Boat Club. But hurry, there’s only space for a maximum of 150 boats. For a full list of the species and limits, entry fees, how to enter, and what happened at last year’s comp, check out the 21 Species in Richards Bay.

21, species, fishing, competition, richards bay, 2019, dates, info, meerensee, boat, clubMeerensee Boat Club | 035 788 0258 | manage@msbc.co.za

 

SADSAA LIGHT-TACKLE BILLFISH NATIONALS

6–10 JULY 2020

These South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA) comps are for national competitive anglers and by provincial invitation and nomination only. The best of the best in SA are heading down to Sodwana Bay this month for the SADSAA Light-Tackle BillFish Nationals.

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

 

ST LUCIA SNOEK DERBY

11–12 JULY 2020

An exciting comp in one of the most awesome (and still quite warm this time of year) places in the country. Boats and jetskis welcome! It’s time to go after snoek in KZN waters as St Lucia Ski-Boat Club invites you to come and see what the winter fishing is like at the annual St Lucia Snoek Derby.

St Lucia Ski-Boat Club | St Lucia | 035 590 1376 | chairman@slsbc.co.za

 

SADSAA TUNA NATIONALS

12–17 JULY 2020

It’s that time again. The best of the best in SA game-fishing are heading down to Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club for this year’s big SADSAA tuna tournament. Get all the info and a sneak peek at who won last year’s Tuna Nationals.

Team SA Proteas at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech SuzukiShelly Beach SBC | Albert Meyer Dr, Shelly Beach, Margate | 039 315 1476 | shellyp@venturenet.co.za

 

RICHARDS BAY INTERCLUB

17–18 JULY 2020

We go back again to Richards Bay, this time for a meeting of KZN/Zululand clubs at the Richards Bay Interclub.

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

 

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 hello@nautitechsuzuki.com.


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FISHING TOURNAMENTS: FEBRUARY 2020

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

Mark 7 February 2020 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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MAPELANE BILLFISH INVITATIONAL

16–22 FEBRUARY 2020

And 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 is 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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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

 

DO YOU REMEMBER?

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.

 

Fishing tournaments: August 2019

60TH HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT

27 July–4 August 2019

A team of three of SA’s best game fish anglers represents SADSAA at the 60th annual Hawaiian Internationational Billfish Tournament. This comp is known to produce some massive marlin, with ranges upwards of 500kg or 600kg. Follow updates from the SADSAA Facebook page.  (Below pic from last year’s tournament.)

sadsaa, team, hawaiian, international, billfish, july, august, fishing, competitionsKona, Hawaii

 

YZERFONTEIN YELLOWTAIL CHALLENGE

10 AUGUST 2019

On the west coast, one tournament to definitely look forward to this August is the big yellowtail extravaganza in Yzerfontein. There are over R85 000 in prizes (R20 000 cash for the heaviest yellowtail!) up for grabs and a whole lot of fun to be had at this year’s Yzerfontein Yellowtail Challenge at Yzerfontein Boat Angling Club.

fishing, competitions, tournaments, august, south africa, durban, bottom fishYzerfontein Boat Angling Club | Beach Road, Yzerfontein | 083 270 3435 | yzerfontein@polka.co.za  

 

SADSAA BOTTOMFISH NATIONALS

12–16 AUGUST 2019

And then the best of the best head down to Durban for the ultimate bottomfish showdown of 2019. Natal hosts at Durban Ski-Boat Club this year’s SADSAA BottomFish Nationals.

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Fishing tournaments: September 2019

EFSA EUROPEAN BOTTOMFISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

9–13 SEPTEMBER 2019

5 of SA’s best bottom fish anglers go up against the toughest competition in Europe. But SA has an ace up our sleeve: a very experienced team under veteran Martin Gierz. Meet the team, get some insights from practice days, see the full programme, qualifying species and review SA’s past performances to see what we can expect at this year’s EFSA Championships.

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NATAL INTERCLUB AT ROD & REEL

13–15 SEPTEMBER 2019

Judging from the impressive catches – some pending records – despite poor fishing conditions at the Shelly Beach interclub in May, there’s a lot to look forward to when KZN clubs meet again for Natal Deep Sea Interclub at Rod & Reel in Durban.

natal, deep, sea, rod and reel, interclub, fishing, competitions, september, 2019Natal Deep Sea Rod & Reel | Wilson Wharf, Durban | 084 727 8654

 

BORDER JUNIOR BOTTOMFISH DEVELOPMENT

21–22 SEPTEMBER 2019

Following a stellar junior bottomfish nationals earlier this year hosts Border Deep Sea Angling present a two-day development programme and comp specifically for juniors and bottom fishing.

junior, nationals, bottom fish, sadsaa, east london, 2019East London Ski Boat Club | Pontoon Road, Harbour | 073 155 7999

 

KLEINBAAI BOTTOMFISH INTERPROVINCIAL

24–28 SEPTEMBER 2019

Yes, it’s again time for one of the country’s most beloved and supported bottomfish tournaments, as all the top-tier bottom anglers head to Overberg Boat Club for the 2019 edition of the Kleinbaai BottomFish Interprovincial.

5.66kg Red Stump at Kleinbaai BottomFish Interprovincial Fishing Competition South AfricaOverberg Boat Club | Danger Point Road, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai | 082 929 8688

 

Fishing tournaments: October 2019

51ST RUMBLY BAY TUNA INVITATIONAL

21–26 OCTOBER 2019

One of SA’s oldest and best-known competitions celebrates its 51st year in 2019. This is the open competitive side to this event (there’s an official SASAA side to it below), and there are loads of awesome cash prizes and goodies to be won as 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 the Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational.

50th Rumbly bay Tuna Invitational Day 2 Report Fishing and Boats by Nauti-Tech SuzukiCape Boat and Ski-Boat Club, Miller’s Point | +27 (0)21 786 1763, WPDSAA | +27 (0)21 559 3996

 

OWN CHOICE TUNA INTERPROVINCIAL 

21–26 OCTOBER 2019

Happening at the same time and place (Cape Boat and Ski-Boat) as the Rumbly Bay tuna comp, the Own Choice Interprovincial is the official SADSAA tuna fishing side, meaning it’s for the amateur anglers who have (or are gunning for) provincial and national colours. It’s much more stringent rules and precise fishing – usually pulling out massive tuna with nothing but a 10kg line, so it’s naturally spectacular to see these guys in action.

Bigeye Tuna at 50th Annual Rumbly Bay Tuna Invitational Big Game Fishing Competition Cape Town, Simon's Town Miller's Point by Nauti-Tech SuzukiCape Boat and Ski-Boat Club, Miller’s Point | +27 (0)21 786 1763, WPDSAA | +27 (0)21 559 3996

 

12 X 12 SPECIES

25–27 OCTOBER 2019

One of SA’s most conservation-minded game fish competitions: 12 species are nominated and each team is only allowed to catch and weigh-in five specimens of each species. The idea is that limiting the number of catches minimises the competition’s impact on fish populations, good for conservation. Check out the 12 x 12 Species at St Lucia Ski-Boat Club.

St Lucia Ski-Boat Club | +27 (0)35 590 1376, ZDSAA: +27 (0)35 753 5804

 

Fishing tournaments: November 2019

JUNIOR INSHORE CLASSIC

2–3 NOVEMBER 2019

While we’re still waiting for the final dates on the seniors’ False Bay Inshore Classic for 2019, Gordon’s Bay Boat Angling Club has moved the Junior inshore comp to November. There’s R15 000’s worth of prizes up for grabs and it’s R500 entry per junior angler. Phone Leonie at 079 516 9155 to enter – hurry, there are still some spots left in the Junior Inshore Classic.

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PIONEER LADIES FISHING COMP

2–3 NOVEMBER 2019

There’s a new all-ladies fishing comp happening in St Lucia this month. With over R100 000’s worth of prizes to be won, it seems worthwhile giving Carman a ring at 082 319 3494 to find out more about the Pioneer Ladies tournament.

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OET BILLFISH & GAMEFISH

4–8 NOVEMBER 2019

Strictly catch and release on all billfish and kingfish (seriously, there’s a R30k fine if you kill one), marlin species net you 100 points on release. Sailfish are 50 points and all gamefish are 1 point per kilogram. One of the big game fish events of the year, check out the OET Bill and Game Fish Tournament.

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TWO OCEANS TUNA DERBY, HOUT BAY

1–9 NOVEMBER 2019

One of the biggest tuna events of the year, the 2019 Tuna Derby takes kicks off with registration on 1 November 2019, with fishing expected between 4 and 9 November. And what’s unique about this comp is that you can launch from any recognised harbour from Cape Town to Gordon’s Bay – although tuna will only be weighed at the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay, so best ensure your berthing spot there. See more info on the Two Oceans Tuna Derby.

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BILLFISH 15000

11–15 NOVEMBER 2019

One of the most popular billfish events in the world, the Dorado Ski Boat Club hosts the BillFish 15000 tournament every year at Sodwana Bay. There are already entrants from all over the world: Finland, Wales, Italy, Australia, England, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa and more, due to it having produced so many world-record marlins in the past. Check out the Billfish 15000.

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SADSAA LIGHT- AND HEAVY-TACKLE BILLFISH NATIONALS

18–24 NOVEMBER 2019

These South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA) comps are for national competitive anglers and by provincial invitation and nomination only. The SADSAA Light-Tackle and Heavy-Tackle BillFish Nationals are both happening 18–24 November 2018 at Sodwana Bay.

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

 

Fishing tournaments: December 2019

YZERFONTEIN SNOEK CLASSIC

21/22 DECEMBER 2019

R40 000 for the heaviest snoek. R2500 for the biggest crayfish. And loads more prizes up for grabs. It’s time for the annual Snoek Classic at Yzerfontein Boat Angling Club. This one-day event will be fished on either 21 or 22 December, weather dependent. Get all the rules and entry forms at the club website for the Snoek Classic 2019.

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Pic by Christine Phillips Photography

 

YELLOWTAIL & FAMILY BONANZA

27–30 DECEMBER 2019

We’re heading down to SA’s most southernly ski-boat club in Struisbaai for this awesome annual family event. Fishing the best out of four days, everyone is welcome – from senior (entry R200 for members, R250 for non-members) and juniors (all R100). There are over R100k in prizes up for grabs, including R20k for the heaviest yellowtail. See you at the Yellowtail Family Bonanza.

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FAMILY FUN COMP IN ST FRANCIS

28/29 DECEMBER 2019

December is time for the AGM at St Francis Bay Ski-Boat Club, which is always followed by the club’s yearly December competition. It’s slated for 28 or 29 December this year, but the club has indicated a change: They’ll focus on a limited species comp this year and are planning a fun family-friendly event. No more details as yet, but you can contact the club for more info on their December family fishing event.

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2018 PAST COMPETITIONS: REPORTS

 

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 

 

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

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