2016 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 39th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 7 to 11 November 2016.

Once again this prestigious tournament is proudly sponsored by Mercury Outboards.  This tournament has grown from strength to strength since its inception in the late seventies, hence the timeous announcement.  Our field has been limited, so it is vitally important to make use of this early reminder to register straight away.

The tournament will be fished on an open line class, with the maximum line class being 37kg. A line tester will be available at the marquee tent during registration and during daily weigh-in and teams are encouraged to test their lines before the first days fishing.

Point scoring will be 100 points per release of all Marlin species including Shortbill Spearfish. Sailfish will score 50 points per release and 1 point per kg on Gamefish, irrespective of the line class. Remember only two gamefish per angler per day allowed to be weighed at the scales. IGFA and SADSAA rules will be applicable. Teams must consist of not less than two (2) persons and no more than legally permitted on a boat.

2016 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry Form

2016 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Indemnity Form

Please note that the release of all billfish and kingfish is compulsory, no billfish or kingfish can be brought to the weigh-ins.  Both billfish released and gamefish weighed will be eligible to WIN the bonanza prize for the tournament. A detailed prize list will be available before the tournament.

Teams in the top three positions will not qualify for any other main/bonanza prizes. (Please note that this excludes the Calcutta prize monies)

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SADSAA Nationals 2010 – The Return of Tetrapturus

Nationals 2010

“Beach Control, Beach Control… Little Joey…” the exited and adrenalin rushed voice of skipper Peter Wiid echo’s over the 29 MHz radio as the Mpumalanga heavy tackle team reports their 4th strike on the first day of the tournament.  The 2010 SADSAA Nationals is in full swing and the realization dawns on every angler that this is going to be an extraordinary tournament.  In 2009 the Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals saw only three marlin released by the entire fleet in 5 days fishing… something has changed… the ocean is alive!

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2015 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 38th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 1 to 6 November 2015.

Once again this prestigious tournament is proudly sponsored by Mercury Outboards.  This tournament has grown from strength to strength since its inception in the late seventies, hence the timeous announcement.  Our field has been limited, so it is vitally important to make use of this early reminder to register straight away.

For the first time ever, the tournament will be fished on an open line class, with the maximum line class being 37kg. A line tester will be available at the marquee tent during registration and during daily weigh-in and teams are encouraged to test their lines before the first days fishing.

Point scoring will be 100 points per release of all Marlin species including Shortbill Spearfish. Sailfish will score 80 points per release and 1 point per kg on Gamefish, irrespective of the line class. Remember only two gamefish per angler per day allowed to be weighed at the scales. IGFA and SADSAA rules will be applicable. Teams must consist of not less than two (2) persons and no more than legally permitted on a boat.

2015 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Indemnity Form

2015 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry Form

Please note that the release of all billfish and kingfish is compulsory, no billfish or kingfish can be brought to the weigh-ins. Fish released and gamefish weighed will become eligible to WIN the first prize of the tournament which is a 630 Cobra Cat with 2X115 HP Mercury Fourstroke outboards insured by Cross Country Insurance.

Teams in the top three positions will not qualify for any other main/bonanza prizes. (Please note that this excludes the Calcutta prize monies)

We support Tag & Release!!!

2014 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

2014

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 37th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 3 to 7 November 2014.

Once again this prestigious tournament is proudly sponsored by Mercury Outboards.  This tournament has grown from strength to strength since its inception in the late seventies, hence the timeous announcement.  Our field has been limited, so it is vitally important to make use of this early reminder to register straight away.

The tournament will be fished on 10Kg and 37Kg line (line class to be nominated daily). Point scoring will be 100 points per release of Billfish and 1 point per kg on Gamefish, irrespective of the line class. The SADSAA scoring system will apply only for the most meritorious fish prizes. IGFA and SADSAA rules will be applicable. Teams must consist of not less than two (2) persons and no more than legally permitted on a boat.

2014 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Endemnity Form

2014 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry Form

Please note that the release of all billfish is compulsory, no billfish can be brought to the weigh-ins. Fish released and gamefish weighed will become eligible to WIN the first prize of the tournament which is a 630 Cobra Cat with 2X115 HP Mercury Fourstroke outboards insured by Cross Country Insurance.

Teams in the top three positions will not qualify for any other main/bonanza prizes. (Please note that this excludes the Calcutta prize monies)

We support Tag & Release!!!

Hemingways, Kenya: December 2011 – a Report by Wayne Wiid

Chris Rothmann and I had the good fortune of being able to take our families for a few days to Hemingways during December 2011. I have been to Hemingways a couple of times before and have fished there in competitions on Provincial, SADSAA & Protea levels. Chris has also fished there before and we both agreed that the venue was ideal for a family holiday.

We departed from OR Tambo on the midnight flight on the 9th of December. Saturday early we got a connecting flight to Mombasa and from Mombasa we were transported in a taxi (which the hotel arranged) to Watamu. It was a bit of a mission to get cold beers for the trip but we managed to stock up on some Tuskers in the end. Kenya Airways didn’t disappoint us with any delays but lived up to their “lost luggage experience”; Chris’ wife (Elsabe) suitcase was AWOL.

Sunday was a leisure day and we did things for which there isn’t normally time on a “men only” fishing trip. A snorkelling trip in one of the glass bottom boats to the one section of the marine reserve was enjoyed by all. Late afternoon we took the sun downer trip in a dhow down Myda Creek, the drinks and snacks were magnificent. We met an old couple (Rod & Margaret) from Cornwall, these two old people are serious rugby fanatics and Chris and the boys talked at length with them about the SA rugby. It is amazing how well they know our players.

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2011 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Report – Records are made to be broken

2014

Excitement fills the air as an announcement is made on the fourth day of the 34th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament.  The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association announces a special prize for the 100th billfish Tagged & Released in the tournament.  Even though the magic 100 number was not met on the 4th day, it was a reality in the early hours of Friday morning when team Backline released the 100th Billfish of the tournament.

The statistics for this year’s tournament is astonishing.  A total of 120 billfish were caught during the tournament.  109 of these were released while only 11 were brought to the scale.  As usual a few of these fish had to be disqualified because of long leaders or fish not meeting the minimum requirements, but these were few and far between.

Once again the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association salutes the OET anglers on a 91% billfish release rate!!!

At the prize giving later that evening a total of R1.4 Million rand worth of prizes were presented to various anglers thanks to our legendary sponsors.

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Deep Sea Angling reacts to the Social Media explosion

Social Media

The world is getting smaller and smarter. The internet, cellular phones and computers are responsible for accelerating and revolutionising the way the world collaborates and conducts business today. Social media and web 2.0 applications are the big drivers of this evolution.

The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, by allowing for the creation and exchange of user-generated content. Social media can take on many different forms, including collaborative projects like Wikipedia, blogs and microblogs like WordPress and Twitter, content communities like YouTube and social networking sites such as Facebook.

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2011 Tri-facet SADSAA National Championships Announcement

2011 Tri-facet National Championships

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 2011 Tri-facet SADSAA National Championships hosted by the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association at Sodwana Bay from 20 to 25 November 2011.

Once again this prestigious tournament is proudly sponsored by the South African Deep Sea Angling Association (SADSAA). 

The first tri-facet SADSAA Nationals as decided by the SADSAA counsel was hosted by Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association in November 2010.  Combining the Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals, Light Tackle Billfish Nationals and Game Fish Nationals proved to be a great success and this year we believe it will be no different.

The tournament will be fished on 6Kg, 10Kg and 37Kg  depending on the facet.  The SADSAA points scoring system will apply and IGFA rules will be applicable.

The previous years tournament report can be found here: SADSAA Nationals 2010 – The Return of Tetrapturus

Entry Forms below:

2011 SADSAA Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals Entry Form

2011 SADSAA Light Tackle Billfish Nationals Entry Form

2011 SADSAA Gamefish Nationals Entry Form


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IGFA Creates New Rule for Assist Hooks

Assist hooks are hooks that are attached to lures with leads typically constructed of multifilament, wire, monofilament or other similar material.

Assist hooks have become wildly popular with vertical jigs and are also being increasingly used with plugs in place of traditional treble hooks.

Until recently, IGFA did not have rules that specifically addressed the use of assist hooks on lures. However, because of their increasing popularity the following rule has been created that governs their use:

Assist hooks or other such single hooks that are attached to a lure with a lead constructed of monofilament, multifilament, wire or other such material must conform to the following: When using assist hooks on any artificial lure, other than a skirted lure, the lead cannot be more than 1 ½ hook’s length and the bend of the hook may not be more than 4 inches (101 mm), whichever is less, from the closest point of attachment on the lure. Double and treble hooks may not be used as assist hooks.

IGFA believes that this new language will make it easier for anglers to understand and comply with rules regarding assist hooks. In addition, it also helps facilitate their use with plugs, which are far less damaging to fish than traditional double and treble hooks.

Source: IGFA