Herald Fishing: South Coast deep sea anglers take gold in gamefish interzonals

Adrian Dela Hunt with a wahoo caught on day two of the NDSAA interzonals.

THE Natal Deep Sea Angling Association (NDSAA) Gamefish Interzonals were hosted by Pennington Ski-boat Club last week.

Five anglers from Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club represented the Lower South Coast zone, namely team captains PJ Botha and Mark Brewitt, with anglers Bevan Taljaard, Adrian Dela Hunt and Greg Botha.

In total there were 10 teams in the competition. The fishing was very good and numerous wahoo, tuna and couta were caught.

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On PJ Botha’s boat Watt4, skippered by PJ, junior angler Tristan Schreiber of Durban landed a magnificent 35.8kg king mackerel (couta).

The competition is run on IGFA rules with a 10kg line class and this fish is a pending SA junior record, All Africa junior record and potentially a pending junior world record for this species.

Fishermen (from left) Bevan Taljaard, Mark Brewitt and Greg Botha with some of the tuna they caught.

On the same day PJ’s team also caught two other species which pushed them to the top of the leaderboard on day one where they stayed for the rest of the competition.

The team captained by Mark Brewitt held third place on days one and two, but dropped to fifth overall on the last day when two other teams landed some good-sized yellowfin tuna.

PJ’s team took overall gold and PJ took top skipper for the competition.

In other news, Maansie Beer caught a massive couta off Sea Park on the boat Bliksem, skippered by Piet Bodenstein.

Fishermen have started vertical jigging in the Shelly Beach area for amberjack and tuna.

There have also been reports of a few small to average size tuna coming out, mostly on plastics and live baits.

Tristan Schreiber with his 35.8kg couta caught during the NDSAA interzonals. This fish could be a record-breaker on a number of levels. It is currently a pending SA junior record.

Rock and Surf

Fishing the past week has been somewhat slow for most of the rock and surf fisherman as very few fish have been coming out.

However, ski-boat fishermen and kayakers have had their hands full with all the couta that have been around.

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Anglers have been landing a couple of hammerhead sharks, kingies and the odd kob at Stiebel Rocks. Lots of kob, rock cod, cave bass, barbel and bream around.

Sandspit in Port Shepstone is still producing kob, grunter and anglers are targeting the garrick.

Some nice kob and bream have been caught off Shelly Beach with live bait and plastics. A garrick was landed at Uvongo Pier on live karenteen.

Tristan Schreiber with a 35.8kg couta caught on Watt4 on day one of the NDSAA gamefish interzonals.

Anglers have been catching a couple of shad at the Margate pier.

The weather is much better now than it was, which is resulting in a lot more people fishing on the beaches which results in polluted beaches, so watch out for hooks lying around and broken glass.

It’s safe to say that fishing has been very productive in comparison to the past couple of weeks.

It goes without saying that you must please clean up after yourselves for the sake of our marine life as well as the animals and birds that roam around on the beaches.

Tight lines!

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