Anglers, second at Nationals
The Border men took silver medals but the loudest cheer came when the Border Ladies, first time participants, came ninth place in the South African Deep-Sea Angling Association (SADSAA) annual bottom fish Nationals at Durban’s Ski-Boat Club recently.
A total of 16 teams representing seven provinces competed in the 10kg line class tournament. There were also two SADSAA Masters teams (made up of Protea anglers), a SADSAA team and a SADSAA U/19 team. Border had a ladies’ team for the first time in a long time.
The tournament started at midday as night angling is very exciting, apart from the occasional head lamp being switched on to bait up, the rest happens in total darkness and adds to the anticipation of your rod being “floored” with a nice Dagga or Geelbek taking your bait. This proved to be a great success with some very nice fish making the scales.
Graeme Burdett of the SADSAA U/19 team weighed in a nice Dagga of 25,4 kg but it was one of the three local teams, Natal White who jumped into a commanding lead on day one and were never challenged throughout the tourney.
In second place was Natal Black and third place was SADSAA. On day two, Border angler Andrew Harris landed the biggest fish of the tourney, a huge Dagga Cob of 26.8kg. This put Border men up to second place behind Natal White and SADSAA Masters gold team who moved up to third place. On day three, a very strong South Westerly pounded the boats.
The huge surprise of the tourney was the Border Ladies team who quietly moved up into a brilliant sixth place with captain Jacky Fantham just outside the top 10 anglers and being noticed as serious challengers for the first time.
Natal Grey who were never in contention, caught some nice fish and species and saw them move from eight place to the bronze medals to prove the point that one should never give up.
This knocked out the SADSAA Masters Gold out of the medals into fourth place.
FINAL RESULTS: Gold Medals Natal White (Riaz Hussain Capt., Sayed Cassim, Timothy Munnick) Silver medals: Border Men (Everitt van Loggerenberg Capt., Andrew Harris, Gary Lunt) Bronze medals: Natal Grey (Michelle Richards Capt., Abed khan, Mark Justham).
Although this is primarily a team event, these were some of the top anglers from border overall: third Andrew Harris(Border) sixth Kobus Koekemoer (SADSAA) 12th Jacky Fantham(Border Ladies) 13th Everitt van Loggerenberg (border) 15th John Luef (SADSAA Masters Gold)
UPCOMING EVENT: The next Nationals will be held in Struisbaai, Western Province in March 2020. Tight lines to Border anglers Allen Ford and John Luef who will be representing South Africa at the EFSA championships in Weimouth England in September.