The Fifteenth Two Oceans Marlin Tournament – Struisbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

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.

The Earl connecting something

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 sponsors’ banners lining the entrance to the clubhouse
Lining up to sign in, have temperature taken and sanitise
Well spaced seating
Outdoor seating
Ourdoor seating
Handing out the goodie bags

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.

Report by Helen Fenwick – Information from Andrew Perrins

Contact – fenwickh@jebomail.co.za

Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

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