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

2010

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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Nelspruit & District Angling Club Fishing & Outdoor Expo

FISHING AND OUTDOOR EXPO

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 27th/28th AUGUST 2010

EXHIBITORS AND DEMO’S

Union Motors, Land Rover, Ford McGee & Co, Produkta Nissan, Volkswagen Palm Motors, NTT Toyota White River, Highveld Marine, HI-Q Tyres Nelspruit, Supa Quick Sabie, Fencing Electrical, Fire Extinguishers, Angling and Outdoor World, Milky Mouse Ice Cream, Guinjata Resort, Zavora Lodge, Vanguard Insurance, LVM Insurance Brokers CC, Hot Mix Fibre Glass & foam, Johan van der Walt’s Camping/Walks/Trails…….

Pub, big screen for rugby and great food available.

Entrance Fee: R20.00 adults or R30.00 per seminar, children and scholars free.

SEMINARS:

Friday 27 August
18h00 to 19h00 – GAME FISH by Gary Larkan (Protea Angler)

Saturday 28 August
10h00 to 11h00 – SAIL FISHING by Anton Getz (Protea Angler)
11h30 to 12h30 – MARLIN FISHING by Garth McGee (Specialist)
13h30 to 14h30 – FLY FISHING by Murray Pedder (Specialist)

Booking enquiries:
Edwin Freeman (083 628 3902)

Other enquiries:
Brad Van Zyl (082 957 8736)
Paul Whitaker (082 807 1070)

2013 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

2013

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association is proud to announce the 36th Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament hosted at Sodwana Bay from 4 to 8 November 2013.

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 invitation to you personally.  Our field has been limited , so it is vitally important to make use of this early reminder to register straight away. Please follow the payment instructions carefully.

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.

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2012 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Announcement

2012

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.

2012 OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Entry Form


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!!!