UPDATE: This Year’s Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial
Expect massive red stumps, romans, silvers and more at this year’s Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincials
Beautiful fishing, monster red fish and a record number of entrants. This year’s Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial, hosted by Overberg Boat Club at in Gansbaai, is happening 24–28 September 2019.
To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s what happened at last year’s comp:
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2018
While fish variation was slightly limited – only about 5 or 6 of the earmarked species made an appearance – the bottom fish that were caught were big, very big.
THE BIGGER THE FISH …
Now, Kleinbaai already has a bit of a reputation for producing decent-sized fish, as far as bottom fish goes. And this year was no different.
Straight off the bat on day one Eastern Province (EP) Ladies’ Vanessa Gerber (who did extremely well in the competition, more on that later) brought in a geelbek weighing in 3.3kg and a red stump looking good at 4.87kg (equaled on day two by Western Province’s (WP) Piet Wessels).
But it was (ultimate tournament winning team) EP Black’s Ian Peinke who would stun as far as red stump are concerned when he brought in this monstrous 5.66kg on day three.
That’s not to say that any of the other red stump were small. Just look at this whopper brought in by WP’s Adele Palmer.
More highlights were the biggest silver at 2.3kg brought in by Southern Cape (SC) Junior’s Mieke Myburgh and two 3.18kg romans by EP Red’s Christopher Gerber and EP Ladies’ Jen Nelson.
RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRANTS
A big highlight was the incredible increase in the number of entries for the Kleinbaai Bottomfish Interprovincial 2018.
“We’ve hosted the tournament for 7 years now,” says Overberg Boat Club member Riaan Van Staden, “and on average you’ll get about 5–7 teams competing. This year, we saw a record number of 11 teams taking part. And that was just a big highlight for all of us. Especially seeing the junior teams partaking and performing really well.”
And he’s right, there were three junior teams: EP Juniors, WP Juniors and SC Juniors, which was just really special. And another special mention to the EP Ladies team who did exceptionally well in the competition. Speaking of results …
THE RESULTS ARE IN
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 girls 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.
See all the fishing competitions in August.
Also, see the results for at this year’s Junior Bottom Fish Nationals.
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