Meirion Williams of Huck Finn fame, sowed the seed to have an annual Marlin catch, measure and release competition. This was after he chatted to local commercial fisherman, Trail Witton who landed a striped marlin fifteen years ago. Meirion thought it would be of value to investigate the numbers and sizes of the Marlin swimming in the Agulhas area.
Of course it is never the work of just one man and mention must be made of others like Gawie Bruwer, Hannes Schreuder, Gerard De Kock, Johan Jooste and Johan van der Walt who were all instrumental in making the idea a reality.
Andrew Perrins was approached to be the Safety Officer and he has been involved in setting up aerials and manning the radios ever since. He does, of course, have his trusty helpers, Trevor Brinch, and Earl Fenwick as well as various others throughout the years – A great team effort.
For the past several years, Andrew who now lives and works in the United Kingdom, has come back specially to do his bit for this unique competition. The rules were drawn up by the competitors themselves and it is strictly catch, measure and release. The last boat to land and release a marlin is the winner.
Safety at sea is a priority and good radio communication is essential for this. Andrew from the UK and Earl locally in Struisbaai have spent months working on getting a high site for a new aerial which they along with some strong helpers have it erected and fully operational in time for this competition.
This year, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, things have to be run a little differently. All the social distancing rules have to be followed. When gathering together the competitors must sanitise and wear masks. At the clubhouse seating must be arranged so that proper social distancing rules can be adhered to. Only fifty people may gather indoors and so meals will be served as take-away and seating outdoors will be available.
On Friday night the Opening Function and Skippers’ briefing went well. Goodie Bags were given to each participating boat and delicious shawarma wraps filled with spit roast lamb were served. Videos of the proceedings can be seen on Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club’s Face Book Page.
The competition begins on Sunday but today, Saturday, the weather was perfect and many of the boats went to sea to fish recreationally. A nice black marlin of around 200kg by Kevin on Kinda Magic was landed and released but will not count toward the competition. However, it’s good to know the big ones are out there.
Tight lines to all the competitors:-
Marco Polo skippered by Rikus de Beer
Black Pearl skippered by Harold Turner
Jolly Rodger skippered by Jannie
Kinda Magic skippered by Kevin Swart
Mojo skippered by Jaques van Niekerk
Amazing Grace skippered by John Burger
Met Eish skippered by Steven Griffiths
Lyfie skippered by Rudi Moolman
Sea Cat skippered by Chris Steyn
Reel Deal skippered by JB Snyman
Ziggy skippered by Alan Firmani
Multi skippered by Roelof Visagie
Duckbill skippered by Marius Grabie
Rampala skippered by Waldo Janeke
John Graeme skippered by Chris Goatley
Indigo skippered by Gawie Bruwer
Bayswater skippered by Piet Wessels
Dory skippered by Dudley Dory
Jolly Roger skippered by Jannie Allandale
Bad Company skippered by Mike Broderick
Catch Cook skippered by Byron Ashington
Zeeman skippered by De Wet Zeeman
Weather decision will be at 5 tomorrow.