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Yellowfin tuna does the trick for Louis

The weather has improved and so has the fishing.

MAGNIFICENT weather greeted the fishermen who took part in Marlin Ski-boat Club’s 2017 Game Fish Classic last weekend.

This made for a welcome change after some not-so-great fishing conditions. Boats, totally 29, launched from the site in Port Edward in calm waters.

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Louis Posthumus was the winning angler who took home the main cash prize of R30 000. There were many more fantastic prizes given by numerous faithful sponsors.

Fishing was good on both days, with the winning fish of the competition coming out on the first day. Six game fish species were targeted, namely yellowfin tuna, amberjack, Cape yellowtail, bonito, couta and dorado.

 

Boats went far and wide in search of the ‘croc’ couta but in the end Louis’s 35,25kg yellowfin tuna took the honours. Prizes went all the way down to fifth, as well as for juniors and women. They all took home an assortment of prizes.

Total purse value was well over R200 000. Great fun was had by both anglers and the community alike. Prize giving was on the Saturday evening, held in the well-appointed hall of the Port Edward Holiday Resort, one of the main sponsors.

The club committee thanked all the sponsors who made the event the success it was.

Full results: Louis Posthumus yellowfin tuna 35,25kg; Francois van der Merwe couta 22,1kg; Elmar Basson amberjack 20,9kg; Candice Coetzer bonito 6,95kg; Ant Nel, second biggest amberjack 19,45kg; Elmar Basson second biggest tuna 17,6kg.

Juniors – Pieter Bondenstein yellowfin tuna 4,7kg; Gareth Westerdale tropical 4.15kg. Women – Candice Coetzer yellowfin tuna 11,7kg. Bag – Bliksem with 114.2kg. Most meritorious released – Vaughan Dyson, mussel cracker.

Rock and surf

In terms of rock and surf, there were flat seas and discoloured water but the shad are still around, with some caught at Stiebel Rocks.

Junior winner Pieter Bodenstein with Marlin Ski-boat Club commodore Andrew Jamieson.

The Block in Port Shepstone was the place to be over the weekend as lots of shad were caught. Anglers have been catching shad and bronzies between Shelly Beach and Margate.

Garrick have been landed and some of them released for a another angler to tussle. Down south at Splash Rock there has been lots of activity with shad and a couple of sharks landed.

Louis Posthumus, winner of the Marlin Ski-boat Club 2017 Game Fish Classic, with his 35.2kg yellowfin tuna.

Tide Table

High tide times

May

25 03.09 15.32

26 03.50 16.14

27 04.31 16.56

28 05.13 17.39

29 05.55 18.25

30 06.41 19.15

31 07.33 20.15

 

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