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

We support Tag & Release!!!

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

2011 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement


The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 34th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 7 to 11 November 2011.

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) and we will once again have four categories, namely, Marlin, Sailfish, Tag & Release Billfish and Gamefish. The SADSAA scoring system will apply and IGFA rules will be applicable. Teams must consist of not less than two (2) persons and no more than legally permitted on a boat.

The most meritorious fish caught during the tournament will win a MALLARDS 630 Cobra Cat fitted with two 125hp MERCURY OPTIMAX outboards on a TRAUTECH trailer. The winner will also receive insurance cover for one year by Vanguard Marine & Leisure.

2011 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry Form

We are privileged to have sponsors on board that have been with us for many fine and fruitful years. Some of the committed sponsors are the likes of Captain Morgan, Windhoek Lager, Highveld Outdoor & Marine, Mallards Boating, Mercury Marine, Ski Boat Magazine, SSS Security, Warn-Off Road Products, Rapala, Rani Resorts, McGee Motors, Penn Fishing Tackle, Trautech Trailers, Rothman Motors Ermelo, Leatherbacks, Lowveld Construction, Malelane Toyota, Snomaster,  Cross Country, Tally-Ho Game Farm, Zavora Lodge, Vanguard  Marine & Leisure, Wynn Oil SA, Pulsator Lures, Sodwana Angling Club, Swazi Roof Masters, Seevarkie Guest House, Tony’s Art and Certainty Charters.

We also have some new exiting sponsors that have come aboard, these will be revealed during the opening ceremony and skippers briefing.

Member clubs within the province also contribute to the sponsorship and Sodwana Angling Club, Albatros, Dagga Boat & Angling, Hoedspruit Deep Sea Angling , Seapike, Taratibo & NDAC needs to be thanked for their support.

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New Spreadsheet System for ORI Tag Members

Please see the following communication from the Oceanographic Research Institute

Dear ORI Tagging Member

The time has come to upgrade to the new age of emails and leave behind the snail post. For this reason we have created two spreadsheets for those of you who have email and are literate in Microsoft excel. The first spreadsheet (spreadsheet 1) is to record all tagged fish on, i.e. tag releases. Simply transfer the data from the white tag cards onto the spreadsheet and return it to me. Many of you are already familiar with this procedure. IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL TAG CARDS incase a mistake is made either by you or me. The second spreadsheet, which none of you have seen before, is for recaptured fish. Instead of sending us those old style yellow forms please enter the tag recapture information on the spreadsheet attached (see spreadsheet 2) and send it back to me as for the previously mentioned spreadsheet for tagged fish. Both these spreadsheets are designed to make life easier for you and me, as well as save us valuable money. If you are unable to get to a computer often enough to convert your tag information into the above attached excel spreadsheets then please continue to send your data via post as you have done before. Please feel free to email this document to your fellow taggers.

Spreadsheet for Taggers (1)

Spreadsheet for Recaptures (2)

Look forward to seeing some nice returns

Kind regards

Tagging Officer
Oceanographic Research Institute
Direct Tel: +27 (31) 328 8159   Fax: +27 (31) 328 8188
1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban 4001 KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
PO Box 10712, Marine Parade 4056 KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

2011 Mpumalanga Team Announcement

On behalf of the Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association I would like to congratulate the following anglers on their selection to represent Mpumalanga in the following tournaments:

All Inland Interprovincial Tournament
Sodwana Bay – May 2011

Association Team
Greg Williams (Captain) – DBA
Gustav van Staden – NDHK
Sean Bushney – NDHK

Provincial Team  – Blue
Jan Strydom (Captain) – Taratibo
Annelise Smit – HDHK
Dwayne Viviers – Taratibo
Leon Potgieter – NDHK

Provincial Team – Red
Michel de Kock (Captain) – Taratibo
Anita Botes – Taratibo
Dawie Saaiman – Taratibo
Jaco Jordaan – NDHK

Tuna Nationals
Hout Bay – May 2011

Provincial Team
Piet Jordaan (Captain) – Albatros
Chris Rothmann – Seapike
Stef Bester – Albatros

Bottom Fish Nationals
East London – June 2011

Development Team
Carel Cronje (Captain) – Albatros
Stefan Kleinhaus – Sodwana
Marius de Vos – Albatros

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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2010 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Report


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!!!

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Mpumalanga brings back the gold

Team Mpumalanga

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association would like to congratulate team captain Stef Bester and anglers Ferdi Brits & Andri Bester for taking top honors in the 42nd Rumbley Bay Tuna Inter Provincial tournament hosted by the Cape Boat and Ski-Boat Club.

According to the competition report written by Greg Pengelly, foul weather was once again an integral part of the tournament but a few good fishing days made up for this fact.

The Mpumalanga team caught two yellowfin tuna weighing 63kg and 65.6kg respectively.  This was enough to earn the gold medals while Zululand took the silver. Continue reading