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Results Are In: Look Who Performed in the PE Tuna Classic

See the top three boats and top anglers at the recent PEDSAC Tuna Classic in Port Elizabeth

Update 31 May 2019

Three days, 30-plus boats and a share of R250 000 up for grabs. The weekend 23–25 May delivered another stellar Port Elizabeth Tuna Classic at PE club PEDSAC.

The results are in, with club captain Pierre Westerveld’s own boat, Big G, bringing int he bulk of the tuna, followed closely by skipper Thys Koen on Le Boss. And they caught the lion’s share of tuna on Friday. 

SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY 1

Friday 24 May was the best fishing day by far. Not everyone caught, but the bulk of catches were made on this one day. It was totally unexpected because the following Saturday was meant to a better weather day.

Posted by Denise van der Merwe on Friday, 24 May 2019

Posted by Denise van der Merwe on Friday, 24 May 2019

Posted by Denise van der Merwe on Friday, 24 May 2019

Look at them go! A taste of what's to come at the 2019 Tuna Classic, kicking off at PEDSAC: Port Elizabeth Deep Sea…

Posted by Nauti-Tech Suzuki on Thursday, 23 May 2019

DAY 2 AND WHERE’S THE TUNA?

Saturday 25 May was, in fact, a beautiful day. Plenty of families came down to the club, with some kids even catching small crabs by the pier. But, much to the anglers’ dismay, the tuna were gone. There were no catches on Saturday. But everyone still had fun.

So that meant that the winners were selected on their performance on Friday.

PE TUNA CLASSIC 2019 RESULTS

Boats that practice Bottom Fish Conservation at ECM Ford Species Challenge Fishing Competition in Port Elizabeth by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Top Boats

  1. Big G with 121kg total tuna
  2. Le Boss with 102.2kg tuna
  3. Fundays Too with 97.9kg

Top Angler

Marcel de Lauwere with 82.85kg, fishing on Le Boss with skipper Thys Koen.

Le Boss at PE Tuna Classic 2019 by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

ABOUT THE PE TUNA CLASSIC 2019

The annual PE Tuna Classic was sponsored by Williams Hunt Isuzu, and the opening ceremony was at 18:00 at PEDSAC on Thursday 23 May 2019 (blessing of the fleet happened on Thursday morning at 7:00). Fishing days were Friday and Saturday, although only Friday proved fruitful, with the final awards ceremony on Saturday 25 May.

Fishing at the PE Tuna Classic began with a mass start at 7:00 in the morning. And then there was no lines-up time, boats were just expected back in the harbour before 17:30, while weigh-in continued until all fish have been to the scales.

PEDSAC Tuna Classic 2019 at Port Elizabeth by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

It seemed like a fluke that Saturday produced no fish, especially since Friday was such a great day for tuna. And it’s worthwhile heading to PE if you’re looking to after some yellowtail, the tuna have been running there since before May.

WATCH: YELLOWFIN TUNA CAUGHT IN PE RECENTLY

Upcoming Tuna Classic teaser. Young tuna caught during Carry Cat comp.

Posted by Richard Donaldson on Thursday, 18 April 2019

 

Maybe just check in with the club first, the guys at PEDSAC will know where to go looking for them.

PE TUNA CLASSIC 2019

23–25 May 2019
Hosted by PEDSAC, Humewood Extention, Port Elizabeth
Phone: 041582 2701

Discover more fishing competitions in May and fishing tournaments in June. And check out all of this year’s fishing competitions.

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