2019 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 42nd Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 4 to 8 November 2019.

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.

2019 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry & Indemnity Form

Please note that the release of all billfish, greater barracuda and kingfish is compulsory: under no circumstances may any billfish, barracuda or kingfish be taken out or brought to the beach. Should this rule be ignored, the team may be responsible for a fine of R30 000 imposed by iSimangaliso.

We are privileged to have sponsors on board that have been with us for many fine and fruitful years. Some of the committed sponsors include Mercury Outboards, Big Catch, BuCo Middleburg, BuCo Nelspruit, Camp Ross Ramos, Certainty Lodge & Charters, Close Up Mining, Cross Country, Diageo, Dolos (Oom Attie), Eventus Sitrus, Fishing Pro Shop, Flametech – Trichardt, Garmin, Grip Hooks, Grimbeek Taxidermy, Heineken, Highveld Mall, Isimangaliso, Japie & Jason Strydom, Jeep, Jessor Point Boat Lodge, Jormid Electrical, KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife, Leatherbacks (Sodwana Bay Lodge), Makita, Mallards Marine, McGee Ford-Lydenburg, Mega Lube, MCon Construction, Mojo and Squidnation Teazers, National Luna, Nemo Dive Charters & Accommodation, Nico Zaayman, Pencox Auto Air, Penn Fishing Tackle, Pienaar Bros/UVEZ, Piet Retief Olie Depot, Pro Rig Sport Fishing Tackle, Pulsator Lures, Rooikat Wholesale Liquor, Seevarkie Guesthouse, Ski Boat Magazine, Star Brite, STIHL Vryheid, Stinus Breedt, Specialised Security Services, Success Maintenance & Lifting Services, Sunset Boats, Super Winch, T-Line, Team Zaen Mari, Tropical Dream Tackle, Turbo Panel Beaters, Two Summers Electrical, van Dyk Pharmaceuticals, Vodacom, Wild Coolers, Willem Pretorius, Wokini Guest House & Game Farm and many, many other exciting sponsors.

 

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2018 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 41st Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 5 to 9 November 2018.

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.

2018 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry & Indemnity Form

Please note that the release of all billfish and kingfish is compulsory: under no circumstances may any billfish or kingfish be taken out or brought to the beach. Should this rule be ignored, the team may be responsible for a fine of R30 000 imposed by iSimangaliso. Both billfish released and gamefish weighed will be eligible to WIN the bonanza prize for 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)

We support Tag & Release!!!

2017 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 40th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 6 to 10 November 2017.

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.

2017 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry & 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)

 

We support Tag & Release!!!

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)

We support Tag & Release!!!

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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