2011 Mercury OET Bill & Gamefish Tournament Report – Records are made to be broken


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.

Continue reading

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

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!!!

Continue reading