Witsand Kayak Angling Competition 2017

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The 5th Annual Witsand Kayak Angling Competition was held this year on the 3rd and 4th of March. 51 anglers came together from all over South Africa to take part in this growing event now making this the second biggest kayak angling competition in South Africa, and the biggest in the Western and Easter Cape.

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Luck was on our side with both days turning out to perfect weather days. Anglers could make use of the maximum time permitted for fishing. The majority of the 51 participants decided to fish in the river on day one. After reports of awesome fishing on the sea side, with tuna being caught most of the kayaks headed for the beach on Saturday morning. With some careful navigating all the kayaks launched successfully.

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The competitors registered 125 fish making this years event one for the record books. Some extraordinary fish from the region was caught and even took the anglers by surprise. Species include, Yellowfin Tuna, Skipjack, Bonito, Makriel, Grunter, Cob, Elf, Harder and Kolstert.

After two days of fishing all the anglers and their families were treated to a spit Braai hosted by Pili Pili Restaurant. The atmosphere was festive with anglers sharing stories from their days fishing.

Winning Place 86cm Yellowfin Tuna

Second Place 68cm Skipjack

Third Place 74cm Grunter

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With the event growing every year this was a special year with great success. The organizers enjoy the full support of the Witsand community, allowing the growth of the competition. We trust that next years event will be even bigger and better. Be sure not to miss out in 2018, this is one of the top events on any kayak anglers calendar!  We are proud to be associated with this well organized event.

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SSEC:WC ANNUAL KOB DERBY 2017

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The Sealine Social Edibles Club: Western Cape’s Annual Kob Derby took place on the 18th and 19th of February.

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As usual there was a awesome turnout with 497 anglers entering to take part in the event.

The strong winds, South to South-East reaching speeds of up to 40kph, resulted in extremely difficult fishing conditions. Notwithstanding these conditions catches between 1,72kg and 4,64 kg were submitted at the weigh-in.

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A total of 9 Kob and 1 Elf was weighed in. Prizes were awarded to the following anglers:

  • First Kob: Kobus Mittan
  • 2nd Kob: Zaheer Khan
  • 3rd Kob: Deon Badenhorst
  • 4th Kob: Daine Du Plessis
  • 5th Kob: Duane Claasen
  • 6th Kob: Ryaad Mohidin (aka Maasbanker)
  • 7th Kob: Reagan
  • 1st Elf:   Michael Arries

The event has grown a lot in the last four years. For the second year in a row the entries have almost reach the maximum number of entries (500), confirming that this is one of the biggest rock and surf competitions in the country. The event is held annually during the same time of year with anglers planning their fishing calendar around the event in order for them to take part.

We are happy to have been associated with this well organized event and hope to work with the organizers again in the future.

 

– Big Catch Team

Two Oceans Marlin Tournament 2017

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Big Catch was honored to be part of this event once again.

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Anglers from across South Africa took part in this years Marlin Tournament, held in the beautiful town of Struisbaai at the tip of South Africa.

The weather much calmer than the 2016’s event and the boats got 4 fishing days during the week long event.

With 3 Marlin caught, 2 Black Marlin and one Striped Marlin, it came down to a point system to decide the winning team.

1st Place – Salti

2nd Place – Osprey

3rd Place – Woes Lekke

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Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the organizers for another enjoyable event.

 

-Big Catch Team

Yzerfontein Snoek Classic 2016 – 16th – 17th December 2016

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The Annual Yzerfontein Snoek Classic was hosted this weekend by the Yzerfontein Boat Angling Club.
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Fun was had by all who attended this well organized event. Held in Yzerfontein the 16th and 17th December 2016.
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The weather allowed for two days of fishing and even though day two was a little rough the weekend delivered some good fishing. With anglers competing in the open,ladies, junior, crayfish and boat categories the competition was tight. None of the results were revealed until the end, keeping the competitors on the edge of their seats up until the winners were announced!
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With tears in his eyes the winner received his prize for the 5.88Kg Snoek. Well done to all the winners for a job well done!
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1st prize – Shaun Fabre , Boat Bad Boys – 5.985kg
2nd prize – Danny Nortje, Boat Bad Boys – 5.880kg
Junior  – Kareltjie vd Westhuizen, Boat Tailspin – 5.190kg

Women – Karien de Necker, Boat Lia Nelle – 4.920kg

 

Thank you to Theunis and his committee in organizing a well run event. Big Catch was honored being part of this fun event.

2016 Melkbosstrand Galjoen Derby

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The Melkbosstrand Angling club once again hosted their annual Galjoen derby over the weekend. With young and old (over 120 entries) joining in on another successful event. Although the weather played its part and the fish were rather scarce.

Apart from several undersize fish that were safely released only 2 size fish made it to the scale, a Galjoen and an Elf. The Galjoen tipped the scale at 0.95 kilograms with the elf weighed in at 0.87 kilograms.

The weigh-in, prize giving and socializing was held at our club-house and a great time was had by all who attended. Big Catch is happy to have been associated with such a well organized event once again.
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