The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 35th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 5 to 9 November 2012.
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 to 75 boats, 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). The SADSAA scoring system will apply. 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.
Exciting changes to the tournament rules has been made, tag-and release of all billfish is highly promoted. For the first time fish tag-and released will become eligible to WIN the first prize of the tournament which is a 630 Cobra Cat with 2X115 HP Mercury Optimax outboards insured by Vanguard Marine & Leisure. 10kg & 37kg line classes will compete against each other for all prizes. It is important to note that there won’t be 4 different categories as in the past and “most meritorious fish prizes” per line class. No sailfish or short bill spearfish can be brought to the scale for weigh-in, they are only to be released. Minimum weights (billfish brought to scale) for marlin species are as follows per line class category:
- 10kg: 120kg minimum, should a marlin be underweight by more than 10% (> 12kg) then the team will be penalized with 150 points.
- 37kg: 200kg minimum, should a marlin be underweight by more than 10% (> 20kg) then the team will be penalized with 300 points.
Other main/bonanza prizes (provisional) up for grabs are:
- 4.1m Buccaneer RIB with a 30 HP Mercury outboard on a Trautech trailer.
- Exotic fishing destination sponsored by Rani Resorts
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!!!