2010 Mpumalanga Team Anouncement

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:

Rumbley Bay Tuna Interprovincial – Association Team
Rumbley Bay – October 2010
Stef Bester (Captain) – Albatros
Ferdie Brits – Albatros
Andri Bester – Albatros – (Junior)

Gamefish Nationals – National Team
Sodwana Bay – November 2010
Attie Ackerman (Captain) – NDHK
Edwin Freeman – NDHK
Johan van Wyk – Albatros
Nico Jordaan – NDHK – (Substitute)

Light Tackle Billfish Nationals – National Team
Sodwana Bay – November 2010
Sybrand van Vuuren (Captain) – Hoedspruit
Leon Potgieter – NDHK
Jaco Jordaan – NDHK
Jan Strydom – Taratibo – (Substitute)

Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals – National Team
Sodwana Bay – November 2010
Chris Rothmann (Captain) – Sea Pike
Kobus Sutherland – Sodwana
Hanro Swart – Albatros

Light Tackle Billfish Nationals – Masters Team
Sodwana Bay – November 2010
Wayne Wiid (Captain) – NDHK
Henry de Pradines – NDHK
Kobus Engelbrecht – Taratibo

Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals – Masters Team
Sodwana Bay – November 2010
Jan Joubert (Captain) – NDHK
Wian Terblanche – Sea Pike
Willem Pretorius – Albatros

Sodwana daytime broadie – a plan comes together

Congratulations to the crew aboard “Lihann” for capturing a Broadbill Swordfish of Sodwana Bay in “broad” daylight. This is truly a magnificent catch and surely the start of a new target quarry.

We would like to remind everybody about the recent ban on vertical jigging and therefore urge all anglers to practice this method responsibly!!!

Story and pictures supplied by Jonathan Booysen

On the 6th of June 2010, Denis Booysen, Hannes and Michael Duvenage, Divan Coetzee and I launched Hannes’ boat “Lihann” off Sodwana. This marked the last day of a 3 day fishing trip in which we would target broadbill swordfish during the day. On the previous days, we had tried to determine which area we needed to concentrate our efforts on and after much debate, we decided that the ‘big W’ area was our best bet. We had tried fishing in depths from 350m to 450m which only resulted in large thresher sharks. On the last day, we unanimously decided to focus our efforts in the deeper water.

The weather was perfect with no wind and when we arrived at our designated area, there was no swell and very little current. I clipped on one of the squids that I had rigged the night before and let it out behind the boat. I then attached a few lightsticks onto the windon leader followed by a heavy sinker. All this was attached to an 80Lbs braided main line fished on a two speed reel on a bent butt 80Lbs marlin rod. This whole setup was slowly lowered to the bottom until the weight hit the ground. I then took a few turns on the reel to lift the sinker off the ground and we all settled down to wait.

Broadbill Rig

After about half an hour, the rod bumped a few times and the reel started running. My Dad took the strike and began the task of retrieving 500m of line. It took 45 minutes before the leader came up and when I took the trace, I saw the fish to be a nice yellowfin tuna. We gaffed the 30 odd kg fish and repositioned ourselves for the next drift. The same procedure of dropping the lightened rig to the bottom was used and again we waited for the strike.

At about 12:00 the rod tip gave the slightest bump and then bent slightly before coming back to the usual position. We all assumed it was a swell but the slight bump had us all wondering. Over the next ten minutes the rod tip indicated that the weight was bumping on the bottom and I would give the reel a few turns to keep it off the bottom. After a while the 500m marker came out the water and the tip still showed the rig was bouncing on the bottom. Hannes and I asked what the depth was and when my Dad said it was over 550m deep, we realised there was something strange happening. I told Michael to get into the chair and retrieve the rig and whatever was pulling the weight up. After about 30 minutes, the weight was about 80m from the boat but the line was angling to the surface. I told Michael that we probably had some kind of bottomfish on the line that was surfacing. Everyone on the boat agreed as this was the most logical explanation.

Broadie on the beach

A short while later, the sinker line broke off causing the line to come up even faster. With the line right on the surface, we were expecting to see a fish come floating to the surface. The next moment, the long dark bill broke the surface followed by the bronze body of a broadbill! This spectacular sight was met with spontaneous shouts of “BROADBILL!” from everyone onboard. The drag was immediately slacked and we were all in panic stations! The fish fought on the surface for about 15 minutes jumping clear out of the water four times. As the fish tired, it started making big circles under the boat. With each circle, it came closer and closer. I took the trace and brought the fish up the last few meters. As soon as it was in range, Hannes and Divan sank 2 gaffs into the fish’s head and swiftly pulled it on board. I am sure that boats off Diepgat heard the shouts from everyone onboard.

The Broadie Team

After a few photos, we packed up and headed for the beach. More photos were taken before we loaded the boat and left for Richards Bay.

We arrived at the Richards Bay Ski Boat Club at just after 6pm where the fish weighed in at 31,2kg.

This fish marks only the second broadbill ever caught in South Africa during the day. The first being caught be the crew of “Aphrodite”.

Congratulations once again to everybody involved!!!

Call for Nominations – Protea / SADSAA (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Montenegro, Sodwana)

For administrative and correctness purposes it is necessary to recall the following “Call for nominations”

Those anglers whom have already nominated do not need to repeat the process.

  • Nominations are hereby called for a team of between 3 and 5 anglers to represent South Africa (Protea colours) at the 46th FIPS-M World Boat Angling Championships to be held between 25th September an 2nd October 2010 from Montenegro (on the Adriatic Sea).  This is a Bottom fishing Tournament and provides a rare opportunity for our Bottom fish anglers to represent the country. The Entry fee is shown on the invitations as Euro850 per person which includes accommodation fishing etc but excludes all travel costs.
  • Nominations are hereby called for a team of between three and five anglers to represent South Africa (Protea Colours) at the 51st Hawaiian Billfish Tournament to be held in Kona Hawaii from 2nd – 6th August 2010.  The Tournament is a heavy tackle Marlin tournament fished on 24 or 37 kg line, and whilst we have not yet received the detailed invitation it is estimated that the entry fee will be US$2500 per person which will include all functions, fishing, boats etc but excludes accommodation and airfare.
  • Nominations are hereby called for a 3 person team to represent South Africa (Protea Colours) at the 57th International Billfish Tournament to be held at San Juan Puerto Rico, between 16th and 22nd August 2010. It is estimated that the Entry Fee will be US$2500 per person which will include all functions,fishing boats etc but excludes accommodation and Airfare.
  • Nominations are hereby called for a three person team to represent SADSAA Masters at the Billfish Nationals to be hosted at Sodwana Zululand between 21st and 27th November 2010. This is an own boat competition and entry fees are R6000 per team.
  • Nominations are hereby called for a three person team to represent SADSAA Masters and a three person team to represent SADSAA under 19’s to participate in the Gamefish Nationals to be held at Sodwana between 21st and 27th November 2010. This is an own boat competition and the entry fees are R6000 per team.

Nominations must be received by Lappies Labuschagne on or before Wednesday, 19 May 2010.

Call for Nominations – Protea / Sadsaa (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Sodwana)

The Mpumalanga Deep Sea Angling Association calls nominations for the following tournaments:

Protea Colours:

  • The 51st Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament – Hawaii (Protea Team) August 2-6, 2010 – for more information please see hibtfishing
  • The 57th International Billfish Tournament – Puerto Rico (Protea Team) August 16-22, 2010 – for more information please see sanjuaninternational

SADSAA Colours:

  • Light Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA) November 2010
  • Light Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA U19) November 2010
  • Light Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA Masters) November 2010
  • Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA) November 2010
  • Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA U19) November 2010
  • Heavy Tackle Billfish Nationals – Sodwana Bay (SADSAA Masters) November 2010

There has also been a re-call for nominations for a SADSAA U19 team and a SADSAA Masters team for the Gamefish Nationals.

Nominations must be received by Lappies Labuschagne before Friday, 30 April 2010.

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!!!