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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
First place with 6,014.63 points
Paul Smith, Pierre Westerveld, Ian Peinke
Second place with 4,800.53 points
Colin Joubert, Gerhard Von Bonde, Dawie Van Zyl
Third place with 3,445.43 points
Corne Pieters, Charles Du Plessis, Wikus Theron
Fourth place with 2,861 points
Marius Coetzee, Nishaad Ibrahim, Daniel Hughes
Fifth place with 2,298.16 points
Ewald Crause, Connie Gartsman, Chris Schorn
Sixth place with 1,290.58 points
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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