Friday 11 February 2022
Today marked the start of the Sixteenth Two Oceans Marlin Tournament, a popular annual event that is held at Suidpunt Diepsee Hengelklub in Struisbaai, Western Cape.
You can click on this link to read about the history of TOMT.
This event would not be possible if it weren’t for the amazing sponsors whose banners also give the approach to the club a festive look.
This year there are thirty-four participating boats as tabled below:-
|Amazing Grace||JB Burger|
|Bad Company||Mike Broderick|
|Black Pearl||Harold Turner|
|Catch Cook||Searl Derman|
|Charlie’s Cat||Charles Geldenhuys|
|Gee Spot||Koos Pretorious|
|Gwaza||Andrew van Zyl|
|Heat Seeker||Leander Wiit|
|John Graeme||Chris Goatley|
|Jolly Roger||Jannie Annandale|
|La Fratelli||Andre Swart|
|Le Boss 2||Jaco Jacobs|
|Lega Sea||Julian White|
|Marco Polo||Rikus de Beer|
|Mojo||Jacques van Niekerk|
|Reel Deal||JB Snyman|
|Stompie 2||Riaan Swart|
|Zeeman||De Wet Zeeman|
The competitors have been arriving steadily all week and some have already been out to try their luck. And yes – there are marlin out there so watch this space for an exciting competition!
Most of the boats registered at the opening function this evening, there was an introductory meeting to welcome everybody and to go over the procedures that will be followed during the next week. The skippers also met to choose weather officers and iron out a few issues with the rules.
The fleet must be fed and as usual Marinda, Suidpunt’s manageress and her catering team produced an awesome meal.
The bar girls were also extremely busy and patient with the thirsty competitors. Thank you, girls, for your smiles, charm, and hard work. Pictured below are just three of them. More to follow during the week.
During the week I will post as many team photos as I can. Here are the ones I managed to get this evening.
The Marlin Tournament was started by a few legendary fishermen one of whom was Johan van der Walt. This evening he was honoured with a special presentation.
The rules must be obeyed – and if they aren’t – there are forfeits to be paid!
The week promises to provide some great fishing out in our Struisbaai waters. Watch this space for daily updates. The competition begins on Sunday!