UPDATE: Look Who Won the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament
Results and feedback: All the catches and where they were made, the top three tourney performers and the overall winners
4 Black marlin and 1 striped successfully released – along with a few live bait catches, shark hook-ups and some game fish that got away. Struisbaai delivered some exciting fishing for this year’s Two Oceans Marlin Tournament.
“I think everyone had an awesome time this year,” says hosts Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club chair Hubert Meyer. “We received a lot of good feedback, with people saying they’re definitely looking forward to next year. And I know I certainly enjoyed it.”
FEEDBACK: TWO OCEANS MARLIN TOURNAMENT 2020
The Two Oceans Marlin Tournament took place 7–14 February 2020, with the opening ceremony and fishing commencing from Sunday 9 and Monday 10 February before the weather turned a little and fishing was called off for Tuesday and Wednesday.
But things cleared and everyone was able to get back on the water for some good fishing on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February. All in all, there were four good fishing days, and the teams really made it count.
THIS YEAR’S FISH
Five marlin were released in total. Four black marlin and a striped. And that among a few sharks and live bait catches, as well as a good few yellowtail bi-catches that netted some anglers daily prizes. But most of the marlin action was reportedly around Struisbaai’s famous 12-Mile Bank.
“I myself tried the 45s, the 10-Mile and Alphard Bank, but there wasn’t much there, most of the marlin were around 12-Mile,” says Les. “We got a couta hook-up about 10 minutes to lines-up on Friday, and that was at Alphards, but it wasn’t successful. So 12-Mile was the place to be and it shows in the results.”
RESULTS: TOP THREE FINISHERS IN THE TWO OCEAN MARLIN 2020
WINNERS: TEAM TITAN
Taking the overall win with a monster black marlin released by Chris Steyn, Team Titan included Ernie Magson, of course, and Ryan Williamson as well as Craig Maas and KZN fishing legend Gary Maas. Congrats on taking the title Team Titan.
SECOND PLACE: TEAM WOMBAT
Now they didn’t have the biggest boat – some teams fished off 28+ footers – but Team Wombat delivered the goods with another spectacular black marlin release.
THIRD PLACE: TEAM STOMPIE
And of course there was going to be a CarryCat among the top performers – this is Struisbaai after all. Team Stompie actually landed the first successful release and the only striped marlin of the tournament. The team is Renier, Oom Wimpie, Ettiene, Adriaan and skipper Stompie.
Thanks to all the teams, sponsors and club members for making the tournament a success!
ABOUT THE TWO OCEANS MARLIN TOURNAMENT 2020
QUALIFYING SPECIES AND RULES
The Two Oceans Marlin Tournament is mainly a billfish competition, with any species of billfish allowed – but strictly on release. In fact, only successfully released billfish count towards your score. There have been incidents in the past where the billfish weren’t released and that then doesn’t count as a catch in this comp.
That said, game fish are allowed. But only as part of special daily bonus prizes. And you know that Struisbaai offers some of the most diverse marine life in the country, so there’s plenty of species to be had. The region’s famous for its yellowtail – some of them grow to monstrous sizes out here. And you’ll likely find tuna and dorado, too.
A UNIQUE MARLIN COMP
This tournament is unique in that you usually don’t get many big marlin comps this far southwest, but again, Struisbaai’s one of the most biologically diverse regions in SA, and you’ll find almost any kind of species and fishing here.
“Now, we’ve had a couple of dry billfish seasons in the previous two years,” Hubert Meyer says. “Like 2019, when there were plenty of hooks but the marlin broke the lines, one or two unsuccessful releases and such. But I think we’ve just been through a cycle, and it looks like we’re back to normal now. 2020 certainly saw a lot more marlin.”
See you next year!
TWO OCEANS MARLIN TOURNAMENT
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