‘Dutchie’ takes the KSBC Peri Wild Coast Challenge
The Kwelera Ski boat club held their annual PERI Wild Coast Challenge this past weekend and what a turnout they had.
The new format of only angling one day instead of two saw record entries and they ended up with 35 boats and 124 anglers taking to the sea at various club launch sites all over the Border coast line.
This is the biggest bottom fish competition in South Africa by far. All anglers were watching the weather eagerly since early in the week and eventually got good news when the competition was called on, with a nice calm window between very windy days on Friday and Sunday.
Sea conditions were almost perfect except for a big swell in the morning which got a few of the angers wet while launching but this did not dampen the excitement or their spirit as they went in search of the “big one” to scoop one of the numerous big prizes up for grabs.
Communication radios on the boats, were going non-stop all day with skippers calling each other to find out who was catching fish and where but most skippers were keeping their cards close to their chest as it seemed that fish were very few and far between.
This was certainly not the case and the weigh master was kept very busy as anglers weighed in their catch, the excitement and buzz from the crowd was something to see. Some very nice quality fish were caught which once again shows that all the conservation efforts put in by BDSAA and their affiliated clubs over the years is certainly paying off.
There was a lot of excitement at the prize giving as Top Boat was kept secret until the last moment and eventually it was revealed that top boat was “Dutchie” skippered by Kobus Koekemoer, who scooped the R15 000 cash prize and the lion’s share of the prizes.
Thrillseeker skippered by Henry Daniel ended up in second place for the second year in a row and showing their consistency, having won the previous 4 competitions before that.
Biggest fish was won by Steve “Copper man” Bekkerman for the 3 rd year in a row.