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.



SSEC kob derby 2017 (14)

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


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


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


-Big Catch Team

Western Province representative at Jeffreys Bay Masters Nationals

Masters nationals 2017

Mike Bailey represented Western Province at the masters Nationals held in Jeffreys Bay. Here is his account of the fishing.


The weather was all over the place and it was difficult to lay out a game plan, with high seas and strong winds.

The first day we fished Blue Water bay and I was fortunate to catch 2 decent diamonds of 30kg and 36kg, together with a 4kg sandy on the first day, which placed me in the top position for the day.

On the second day we fished St Francis, where again I was lucky enough to bag a diamond, a bronzie and a smoothhound, ending 3rd for the day and still the leader going into the 3rd round.

Third day started with a horrible sea and very difficult conditions, I unfortunately lost a decent fish which I hooked way at the back after wading out 100m and then putting in a long cast……..this would have won the nationals because unfortunately for me, Christo who was in 3rd position managed the only Raggie for the week and passed me by 10kg.

My assassin rods and shimano stella worked very well and I was pleased to see how many of the anglers were angling with the same equipment.


I ended up 2nd overall and was pleasantly surprised to receive my SA colours.


Congratulations to Mike from the Big Catch team.

Assassin Horizon XH and XXH


Angler Mike Bailey had the following to say about his experience with the Assassin XH and XXH.

We hope this help you when trying to decide between these two awesome rods.


I have been fishing with both the Horizon XH and XXH rods now and have found that there are some nice differences between the two.

The XH is very well balanced with either the 14000 or 18000 spinning reels loaded with 30lb braid, which allows enough capacity, longer casts and is very sensitive when targeting smaller fish with up to a 7oz sinker.

The XXH is an 8oz rod, which balances out nicely between the 18000 to 25000 spinning reels loaded with 50lb braid, has great pulling power where being a slow bend rod, it bends though out and with the directness of the braid works better than a fast stick.

Both these sticks will pull almost anything, but their main attraction is that they allow for the mediocre angler to find himself more competitive, especially in the casting front. They load easily and thus produce an easier cast.

-Mike Bailey



Big Catch Team