New May Dates for the PEDSAC Tuna Classic
From 27 May: All the NEW dates, big prizes & how to enter. Here’s everything you want to know about the 2021 PEDSAC Tuna Classic in Port Elizabeth
Update 9 May 2021
3 Days. Close on 50 boats. And loads of tuna action predicted. After some bad weather in April forced Port Elizabeth’s deep sea angling ski boat club PEDSAC to postpone the annual comp, the 2021 PEDSAC Tuna Classic is now happening on 27-29 May (opening ceremony 26 May).
“The good news is that we’re still having the competition,” says PEDSAC’s Wayne Gerber, “and May is a very good time for yellowfin and bigeye in our waters, so there should be loads of nice tuna.”
PEDSAC TUNA CLASSIC 2021
With the focus being tuna, the main prizes will obviously be for the heaviest of each species. But there are loads of other categories, group and individual. Including bi-catches like skipjack and dorado. Not to mention a special prize for marlin – tag and release of course!
Fishing will start from firstlight, which is maybe 06:30 in PE in May. And then weigh-in opens at 14:00, with lines-up at around 17:00. And we’re hoping to see fishing on all three days from 27 to 29 May 2021.
HOW MUCH TO ENTER THE TUNA CLASSIC?
Entry is just R700 per angler, and you organise your own accommodation, fuel and bait (available from harbour outlets). And the deadline for entries is the opening ceremony at the PEDSAC Wheelhouse on 26 May 2021. Download the entry form here and the tournament rules here.
There were already close to 30 boats entered at the start of May, with the organisers expecting a total of 50 boats. To enter, or for more information, contact Denise (email@example.com) at the club or phone 041 582 2701.
COVID SAFETY & THE PEDSAC RESTAURANT
Of course, as with all PEDSAC competitions, there’s more than just the fishing. The restaurant and bar are open during the competition, so you can bring the family down and enjoy the atmosphere – maybe bring the kids to see the weigh-in starts from 14:00 on competition days.
But do note that competition has to be run in accordance with Covid regulations. That means that your temperature is recorded upon entry, you have to wear a mask and sanitise your hands etc. And, this is all still subject to national and local regulation allowing the competition on the planned dates in May.
Here’s hoping to see you all at the 2021 PEDSAC Tuna Classic!
PLUS: PE TUNA CLASSIC 2019 RESULTS
The last Tuna Classic was held in May 2019 – cancelled due to Covid in 2020. And here’s what happened:
- Big G with 121kg total tuna
- Le Boss with 102.2kg tuna
- Fundays Too with 97.9kg
Marcel de Lauwere with 82.85kg, fishing on Le Boss with skipper Thys Koen.
PE TUNA CLASSIC 2021
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