Meet The Teams Fishing Kleinbaai This Year
It’s that time again: All the anglers, dates, info, full programme of events and what to expect at the 2019 Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial
33 Top provincial anglers, 11 teams, 13 fish species and 3 days of awesome fishing at one of SA’s most beloved fishing competitions. This year’s Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial is happening 24–28 September 2019, hosted once again in Gansbaai by Overberg Boat Club.
We bring you all the participating angler teams and provinces, as well as all the tournament dates, info and programme, and a look at all 13 qualifying fish species. Plus: get a taste for things to come with our roundup of what happened at last year’s Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial.
KLEINBAAI: BIGGER, BETTER, YOUNGER
“The weather’s been a bit up and down recently,” says tournament office Johan Van Zyl. “And the competition is only scheduled for three days of fishing, with a bonus day if it’s needed. But so far it looks like we might have decent fishing days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – with Saturday as a back up just in case.
“But what we’re most excited about this year, apart from the great company and seeing old friends again – Kleinbaai’s been about the people, you know – is the number of junior teams that have entered. We have five junior teams out of our 11, which is great.
“And that includes our special new Gordon’s Bay junior development team and the Natal team. They’d sent a senior team last year and, I think, maybe the year before. But we’re excited that this year Natal decided to also send a junior team. It’s wonderful to see all these young anglers come out and take part in tournaments like this.”
KLEINBAAI BOTTOMFISH INTERPROVINCIAL 2019 PROGRAMME
Registration is from 17:00 on National Heritage Day (Braai Day) this year, with the opening ceremony commencing at 19:30. And then there are three days of fishing scheduled – all weather permitting, of course.
Tuesday 24 Sept
Registration at Overberg Boat Club: 17:00–19:00
Opening function and boat draw: 19:30
Boats launch: 7:00
Lines up: 16:00
Saturday 28 Sept
Boats launch: 7:00
Lines up: 16:00 (TBC)
Closing function: 19:30
MEET THE ANGLER TEAMS
There are again 11 teams taking part in the Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial this year. That’s 33 anglers representing four coastal provinces. And five of the teams are juniors – awesome stuff.
Arrie Burger (C)
Johan van Zyl (C)
Werner van Zyl
WP JUNIOR U16 BLUE
Christoff Dahl (C)
WP JUNIOR U16 WHITE
Sean Cilliers (C)
Ian Peinke (C)
Ben de Bruyn
Andre de Koning
Jen Nelson (C)
Graeme Burdett (C)
Jahnu de Bruyn
Zandre de Bruyn
Riaz Hussain (C)
Jan Harm du Plessis
Jan Harm du Plessis (C)
SOUTHERN CAPE SENIORS
Danie Pio (C)
SOUTHERN CAPE JUNIORS
Henrico Scholtz (C)
ALL QUALIFYING FISH SPECIES AND BAG LIMITS
Kleinbaai is traditionally one of the most beloved tournaments among provincial anglers, greatly because it’s a remarkable social and networking opportunity. But it’s also an excellent proving ground. Newly capped Protea angler Wayne Gerber from PEDSAC remarked that Kleinbaai is where he got his start on the road to his national colours.
And, of course, Kleinbaai traditionally produces some excellent bottom fishing. These are the qualifying species for this year’s bottom fish interprovincial:
Red steenbras/copper: min 60cm, limit 1
Black steenbras/poenskop: min 65cm, limit 1
Hottentot: min 25cm or 1kg, limit 5
Carpenter/silver fish: min 35cm or 1kg, limit 4|
Kob/dagga salmon: min 55cm or 1.5kg, limit 5
Miss lucy/red stumpnose: min 35cm or 1.5 kg, limit 1
Snoek: min 60cm or 1kg, limit 10
White steenbras/pignose: min 60cm or 3.5kg, limit 1
Red roman: min 35cm or 1kg, limit 2
White steenbras: min 60cm or 3.5kg, limit 1|
Cape salmon/geelbek: min 60cm or 1.5kg, limit 2
Makriel: min 1kg, no limit
Yellowtail: min 1kg, limit 10
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial 2019!
And, to get a taste of what to expect, here’s what happened at last year’s comp:
KLEINBAAI 2018 RESULTS
The overall winners of the competition were Eastern Province who had a total of four teams representing in the competition. Here are the results:
1. GOLD: EP Black
With a total score of 554.41, a hearty congrats to the boys of EP Black: Ben de Bruyn, Ian Peinke and Brian Gerber.
2. SILVER: EP Ladies
What an incredible thing it was to see this all-ladies team take the silver. And a special mention to all three of you who contributed that final score of 495.74. That’s three years finishing in the top three for Sheena Rothner Gerber, who took gold in 2016, silver in 2017 and now silver again in 2018.
Also a stellar tournament by Jen Nelson who’s consistent performance was a pleasure to watch. And then, of course, a mention of Vanessa Gerber who also posted the highest total weight in catches overall in the tournament. You ladies rock!
3. WP Blue
4. EP Red
5. WP White
6. EP Juniors
7. WP Juniors
8. SC Juniors
9. Kwa-Zulu Natal
11. SC Seniors
Congratulations to everyone!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OVERBERG BOAT CLUB
Of all the feedback we’ve received on the Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincials 2018, overwhelmingly everyone has said what a pleasure it was to be hosted by Overberg Boat Club.
Thanks for having us and see you all again next year.
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