The 33rd Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 8 to 12 November 2010 came to an early end on Friday morning. A strong north westerly made sure all boats returned to base by 8am.
At the prize giving later that evening a total of R1.3 Million Rands worth of prizes was presented thanks to the various sponsors.
In the three days fishing – 55 positively indentified billfish was reported on the radio, of these hook-ups 14 were lost which gives the OET anglers a 75% success rate.
From the 41 successful billfish catches only 4 was brought to the scales with 37 released. The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association salutes the OET anglers for a 90% release rate!!!
Day 1 – Monday 8 November 2010:
A total of 18 billfish was caught & released on the first day. Blue, Black and Striped Marlin was in abundance with a few sailfish making an appearance. The boat “Cobra Cat” took the lead in the Tag & Release section with a black marlin released on 10kg line. Waterworld & Zambezi took second and third place respectively with doubles on sailfish. Other boats releasing billfish included Jouster, Air Wolf, Hlatikulu, My Lady, Durable, Jorrie, 24 Seven, B’s Nest, Aphrodite, Llewellyn, Eventually, Chungaa and Tropical Dream.
The boat Hotline caught a notable Dorado of 24kg and the boat Jakoos takes the lead in the gamefish section with some nice Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna.
Day 2 – Tuesday 9 November 2010:
A total of 8 billfish was caught & released with another 2 boated. The boat Gladius took the lead for the “Most Meritorious Fish” with a Black Marlin of 133kg.
A bigger marlin had to be disqualified because of a leader not conforming to IGFA rules.
Hlatikulu released their second marlin for the tournament; this moved them into second place in the Tag & Release section. Other boats releasing billfish includes Mi-Time, Sea Breeze, Certainty, Zaen-Mari, Stephe, C-Angel and Citation Too.
Some nice Wahoo made and appearance with an 18.8kg on the boat Stingray, a 20kg on Seevarkie and a 21kg for oom Attie van Rensburg on the boat Dolos. Most points for the day in the gamefish section went to the boat Jo-Lize, with Waterworld in close second and Makkattakka in third.
Day 3 – Wednesday 10 November 2010:
Strong southerly winds prevented the fleet from setting sail.
Day 4 – Thursday 11 November 2010:
The competition gets extended by two hours with a cheer from the fleet because of bad weather forecasts for the final day. Another 6 billfish were released with the boat Zambezi releasing their third sailfish – this moved them into first place in the Tag & Release section. Also on the boat Zambezi, Anita Botes caught a Yellowfin Tuna of 18.2 kg which moved her into the lead for the “Most Meritorious Fish on 10kg line” section.
The boat Jasper brought a Black Marlin to the scales of 152.5 kg – this moved them into the lead in the “Most Meritorious Fish” section.
The boat Famuse released a double on Blue Marlin moving them into fourth spot with 24 Seven releasing their second marlin minutes before Famuse to jump into third place. Other boats releasing billfish includes Highlander and Skybird.
Jo-Lize defends top spot in the gamefish section with a proper bag of gamefish including Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna and Prodigal Son. Zambezi moves into second place in the gamefish section with some nice Dorado and off course the big Yellowfin Tuna.
Day 5 – Friday 12 November 2010:
The boat Zambezi released their fourth sailfish stamping their authority in the Tag & Release section.
Foul weather sees the tournament being called off at 8am.
The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association thanks everybody for their participation in the 2010 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament. We look forward to seeing everybody next year.
The 2011 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament will be hosted at Sodwana bay from 7 to 11 November 2011.
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