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Eastern Province Wins this Year’s Tuna Nationals

Trailing WP’s stellar Day 1 performance, EP came back on Days 3 and 4 in dramatic fashion to win the 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Cape Town

The 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals looked like Western Province’s game after a stellar Day 1 tuna fishing performance on Tuesday 7 May – WP’s Day 1 catch was still the biggest single-day take of the competition. By Day 2 things were changing fast as team Eastern Province came back from trailing WP, North West and the SADSAA Protea anglers to win the competition overall.

We bring you a look at each fishing day and all the final results of the 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals that took place from 6–11 May 2019.

2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

TUNA NATIONALS 2019 DAY 1 RESULTS

Tuesday 7 May was the first fishing day in the 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals, hosted by Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay. And yellowfin was the star all the way. Team Western Province took a clear lead after all three team members managed to weigh in two yellowfin tuna each.

Team North West Province also delivered two sizable yellowfin, while team Southern Cape managed the third spot on Day 1 with another yellowfin. In total there were 9 yellowfin tuna caught, weighing in at a collective 440kg. By this time, Eastern Province wasn’t even off the starting blocks yet and WP’s 4666 points seemed like a monstrous total to chase.


DAY 2: ALL TEAMS GET OFF THE STARTING BLOCK

By Day 2 fishing day, all six teams managed to put some points on the board. Eastern Province brought in a decent 2343.80. It was still a far cry from WP’s 4666 on Day 1, and team SADSAA had outdone everyone by bringing in 2861 on Day 2. At this point, it still looked like anyone’s game.

But Day 3 would change everything.

Team SA Proteas at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

DAY 3: EP TAKES THE LEAD

It was a tough day for these topflight tuna anglers as only two teams managed to put points on the board on Day 3. Mpumalanga 530 points, while an elated EP team brought in 2893, their best day in the comp and by now just able to edge them over the formerly top-seated WP to take the lead.

Team Eastern Province at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

DAY 4: EP SECURES THE WIN

The last day was even more disastrous for most teams as no one put any more points on the board except for EP who managed to eke out another 777.76 points, securing the win.

Team Eastern Province at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

FINAL RESULTS: TUNA NATIONALS 2019

Six provincial teams of three anglers each took part in the Tuna Nationals. These are the final standings (in order).

EASTERN PROVINCE

First place with 6,014.63 points

Team Eastern Province at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Paul Smith, Pierre Westerveld, Ian Peinke

 

WESTERN PROVINCE

Second place with 4,800.53 points

Team Western Province at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay

Colin Joubert, Gerhard Von Bonde, Dawie Van Zyl

 

NORTH WEST

Third place with 3,445.43 points

Team North Western Province at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by nauti-tech Suzuki

Corne Pieters, Charles Du Plessis, Wikus Theron

 

SADSAA (PROTEAS)

Fourth place with 2,861 points

Team SA Proteas at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Marius Coetzee, Nishaad Ibrahim, Daniel Hughes

 

SOUTHERN CAPE

Fifth place with 2,298.16 points

Team Southern Cape at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Ewald Crause, Connie Gartsman, Chris Schorn

 

MPUMALANGA

Sixth place with 1,290.58 points

Team Mpumalanga at 2019 SADSAA Tuna Nationals at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay by Nauti-Tech Suzuki

Japie Strydom, Pieter Jordaan, Abie Pansegrouw

2019 TUNA NATIONALS

Hosted by SADSAA at Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay
Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
021 790 2930
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Atlantic Boat Club Hout bay Cape Town by nauti-tech suzuki

Most of the images in this post are via Atlantic Boat Club’s website and Facebook, and taken by Sean Todd Photography

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