42nd OET Bill & Game Fish Tournament Sodwana
Line classes, points systems and compulsory releases at the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association’s OET Bill & Game Fish Tournament in Sodwana Bay
One of the prime events on Mpumalanga deep sea anglers’ calendars. This year is the annual OET Bill & Game Fish Tournament happens 4–8 November 2019 in Sodwana Bay.
A PRESTIGIOUS EVENT
With loads of sponsors and prizes, this is a tourney specifically for members of the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association (MDSAA). With roots that go back as far as the 70s, it’s all about catching and releasing marlin, sailfish and kingfish, as well as big game fish off the Sodwana coast.
Anglers will fish open line class up to 37kg – a line tester will be available on site.
All bill-, sail- and kingfish are for compulsory release. There’s a R30k fine if you don’t release. And any marlin (including short-bill spearfish) will net you 100 points on release.
Sailfish released at the OET Bill & Game Fish gets you 50 points. And, of course, the guys will be scoring on game fish catches, too.
GAME FISH SCORING
All game fish are allowed. And, although you’re asked to please try and release these, game fish can be weighed in too. Scoring: You get 1 point for every kg of game fish. But every angler is limited to only weighing max 2 game fish per fishing day.
SODWANA BAY FISHING
All anglers stay at the Sodwana Bay Lodge. There are free drinks for all competitors during happy hours. But anglers can also bring their families along. There’s a charge of R800 per non-angler access to the facilities and bar.
41st OET BILL & GAME FISH TOURNAMENT 2018
4–8 November 2019
Sodwana Bay | KZN
Hosts: Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association
Contact: email@example.com | +27 (0)84 805 3077
Check out another famous competition taking place in Sodwana in November: the 32nd annual Billfish 15000 tournament.
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