Meet Some Teams Fishing The Biggest Offshore Classic Yet
Half a million’s worth of prizes at the 2019 Furuno Offshore Classic game fish tournament at Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club. WATCH: Previous highlights to get a taste, meet some of this year’s entrants and see how to enter yourself
The biggest-ever 2019 Furuno Offshore Classic is happening 27 April to 4 May in Gordons Bay. They’re expecting more boats and anglers than ever before, plus the prize money is more than ever before. And we’ll show you some of the crews taking part this year, with all of the competition info and how you can still enter to take part in the Furuno Offshore Classic.
If you’ve never taken part in this game fish competition hosted by Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club near Cape Town, here’s a taste:
WATCH: HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017
2017 Furuno Offshore Classic Opening
Posted by Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club on Tuesday, 23 April 2019
THE BIGGEST OFFSHORE CLASSIC YET
“It already looks like we’ll smash our previous entry records by Saturday,” says Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club exco member Philip van der Walt. “We’ll have the opening on Saturday 27 April, and then, what we do differently to most other competitions around Cape Town, we’ll run the comp for an entire week until the following Saturday and use the four best fishing days.
“It’s because the weather around Cape Town is so unpredictable, so we said, let’s give everyone enough time, we want everyone to fish the entire competition.”
Already, Philip says that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday look like great fishing days. And then there’s the fact there’s over R550 000’s worth of prizes up for grabs this year. “There are prizes for the top 5 yellowfin, longfin, bigeye and marlin. And, of course, the heaviest game fish overall, and then there are ladies prizes, juniors, a lucky draw to win a safari of over R150 000,” he says.
FISHING THE 2019 FURUNO OFFSHORE CLASSIC
It’s a game fish competition. And, historically, the comp has delivered champion yellowfin, but there are at least five or more boats that will specifically be going after marlin, as the fish has been gaining popularity around Cape Town.
During the comp, teams will fish the four best weather days, launching at around 5am, with lines up around 4pm. That’s why, during the week of the competition, it’s such a great me for families and the general public to come round to the club at 4pm to watch the weigh-in.
EVERYONE’S WELCOME TO VISIT THE CLUB
From 27 April to 4 May, Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club is open to the general public. There will be loads of food and entertainment, and the idea is to not only have anglers and their families round but to also give the children who live in the area the chance to come and watch the weigh-ins.
So, tell your friends and family to pop by, there are live music shows and good food days planned from Friday 26 April already.
MEET SOME OF THE COMPETITORS IN THE OFFSHORE CLASSIC
There are 38 entrants confirmed so far, with Saturday registrations expected to bring that closer to 48. Here are some of the crews to look out for during the competition:
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: TEAM BAD ROMANZZ
2017 CHAMPIONS: TEAM ARTEMIS
TEAM MEN @ WORK
Good morning Men @ Work and welcome to the 2019 Furuno Offshore Classic.Piet Wessel and Arrie BurgerTight lines guys!
Welcome to the magnificent team on MAGNUFICENT!Tight lines Ludwig and team!
Welcome back Team Lily!Screaming Motors and Screaming reels!Good luck guys…..may Neptune reward you!
FROM JEFFREYS BAY: TEAM BLUWATER
Fresh from Tuna Masters is Nish and his team on Monish.Tight lines guys and a special GOOD LUCK to our young lady angler, Samaarah!
HOW YOU CAN STILL ENTER THE FURUNO OFFSHORE CLASSIC
Registration for the 2019 Furuno Offshore Classic in Gordons Bay is on Saturday 27 April 2019. So you can stil get there and get your team entered. Talk to Leonie on 079 516 9155 or Philip at 083 274 0534.
FURUNO OFFSHORE CLASSIC
Hosted by Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club
27 April–4 May 2019
021 856 1683
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