Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club hosted its annual Gamefish Interclub competition this past weekend.
This year’s competition featured 12 club teams from across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The weather played its part, with all teams fishing both the Saturday and Sunday.
The fishing was difficult, however, some notable catches were made and a meritorious fish on Day One included local junior Owen Barclay’s 26.5kg Greater Amberjack caught on the boat Watt4 with skipper PJ Botha. This is a phenomenal catch on a 10kg line and will certainly be a pending record.
Several decent sized yellowfin tuna were caught, with the best tuna of Day One being 18.1kg caught by the Imbelu team. Overnight, the top teams were Imbelu (first), Rod and Reel (second) and Durban Seniors (third).
Day Two started with calm seas, but later, the north-east wind picked up, making conditions very tricky for the teams. By the 1pm lines-up, there were reports of a few fish but not as many as Day One. There were reports of some yellowtail, kingfish and a couple of tuna.
The Shelly Beach team fishing home waters had a great day releasing two decent giant kingfish including Bevan Taljaard’s fish, which was estimated at 22kg. At the weigh in, there were good catches weighed by Richards Bay, Durban Juniors, Shelly Beach and Day One leaders Imbelu.
It was clear that the top three placings may change and teams had to wait for the prize-giving to see who had cracked the top three. At prize-giving, the results were presented and Imbelu were crowned 2019 winners. Rod and Reel were the runners-up while Richards Bay finished third.
Christo Potgieter played a key role in Imbelu’s triumph and claimed the Top Angler award, while PJ Botha (Watt4) bagged the Top Skipper award.