Young Champs and their Monster Fish at Natal Interzonals Warnadoone
A 17kg steenbras, 12-year-olds pulling in fish their own size and two-thirds of the winning team still teenagers – what a competition at the recent Warnadoone Interzonals
Now this is what you love to see: Just under half the anglers who took part in the Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA) BottomFish Interzonals at Warnadoone were juniors. And they were a force to be reckoned with as Warner Beach delivered some fine fish.
Taking place 21–23 September 2018, the 10kg line competition hosted by Warnadoone Ski Boat Club saw 10 teams from the various zones of KZN compete under the support and guidance from NDSAA and the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA).
DAY 1 DELIVERS THE GOODS
First day out on the water was very successful with loads of geelbek coming in and a few very decently sized rock cod. Including a 5.72kg rock cod caught by under-19 Southern Natal angler Dylan Egling.
But one of the highlights was when 12-year-old Kieran McKay brought in a 12.94kg copper steenbras that was pretty much the same size as himself.
DAY 2: FISHING IN THE RAIN
The day started off with a thunderstorm and a lot of the early fishing happened in the rain before skies cleared later on. Not perturbed at all, the anglers brought in some of the most impressive fish of the comp this day.
Fourteen-year-old Owen Barclay from Shelly Beach, a bit of a star angler in this particular comp, weighed in a 13.26kg copper steenbras on day two. And, not to be outdone, one of the more seasoned anglers, Trevor Ebersohn showed how it is done by bringing in a monster 17.29kg copper steenbras.
DAY 3 GETS A LITTLE TOUGH
The surf didn’t play along on day three and the fishing suffered a bit. But this is when young Owen Barclay really shone – managing to keep bringing in the points regardless. Owen brought in a prize 13.26kg musselcracker and helped secure a good result for the Southern Natal team.
Overall winners were Southern Natal. Comprised of 14-year-old Owen Barclay, under-19 Dylan Egling and veteran captain Abed Khan.
Left to Right: Winning Team: Owen Barclay, Abed Khan (cap) and Dylan Egling with Barry Turk from SADSAA and Nick Nel of NDSAA
Central Blue and North Coast White took second and third respectively. And academically the top three anglers were Owen Barclay, Trevor Ebersohn and Frank Sykes – with young Kieran McKay coming in at number four.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU
“We are extremely lucky and proud to have such great skippers for safe passage and finding the fish,” says Warnadoone Ski Boat Club chair Glen Jansen. “We thank all of you. A special mention to top skipper Keith Lowes.
Left to Right: Winning skipper: Keith Lowes with Barry Turk from SADSAA and Nick Nel of NDSAA
“Thank you to the NDSAA and president Nick Nel for your support and awarding Warnadoone this competition for the third year in a row. And also many thanks to Barry Turk from SADSAA for your advice and valuable knowledge.
“And thank you to all the anglers – we hope to see you all again soon,” Glen concludes.
ABOUT THIS COMPETITION
Took place: 21–23 September 2018
Club: Warnadoone, 1 Warnerdoone Road, Warner Beach, KwaZulu-Natal
Phone: 072 540 9998
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