Local reels in massive 200 kg black marlin

2008-02-16 00:00

Local businessman Silan Naicker of Lowrance South Africa, recorded the biggest catch of the weekend — a black marlin of about 200 kg last Saturday, the final day of the Riviera Billfish competition, which was held off Durban’s coast.

This was one of eight marlin and two sailfish which were tagged and released over this three day event. While he may have tagged the heaviest fish, silan was not the marlin prize winner in this competition according to the rules.

Time is of the essence and while points are awarded for each marlin caught, the last one caught before final cutoff is considered the winner.

This certainly keeps the excitement and anticipation going.

Accordingly, the winner was Alan Payne’s blue marlin caught off Dohazari. The coveted Riviera Trophy and the proceeds of the boat auction of around R40 000, was awarded to Team Impala for the second consecutive year, thanks to the marlin caught by Byron Nidd.

Only a few fish were caught in the miserable conditions last Friday, but two respectably-sized billfish were tagged and released. Etienne Fourie fishing off the boat Time Out, caught a black marlin and Byrom Von Bondi on Hotline, caught a blue marlin. Each fish weighed between 80 and 100 kg. Of the total eight fish landed, Nigel Engelbrecht weighed in a Dorado of 7,8kg and Lowrance’s Silan Naicker brought in a 2,6 kg yellowfin tuna.

Final day conditions improved thanks to the north-easterly wind of around 13 knots and a light chop meant slightly better fishing for the 100 anglers taking part. There was a rush to weigh-in by the cut-off time at 3 pm and Dorado dominated the scene with a total of eight caught.

The biggest yellowfin tuna of 22,4 kg, caught by Peter Winnicombe off the boat “Genesis”, was the first fish to reach the gantry. Boating World sponsor, Derrick Levy caught an 8,1 kg Wahoo and the heaviest Dorado of the day was a 9,8 kg fish caught by Gerhard von Bonde. — Supplied.

Overall prizewinners for the weekend were:

Shortbill Spearfish — Jeremy Chaitman on Sitatunga (tagged and released)

Sailfish — Russell Michele Team Tala (tagged and released)

Biggest Wahoo 11,4 kg — Steven Team Bigfoot

Biggest Tuna 22,4 kg — Peter Vinnicombe Team Genesis

Biggest Dorado 10,7 kg — Daniel Hoover Team Lowrance

Top Lady Angler — Claire Mitchell Team Club Marine — black marlin (around 80 kg)

Most Species caught Team Lowrance

The Hanglip Prize for the angler who lost a marlin was Tommy Bradfield on Lynski. He won a R2 000 consolation cash prize from Club Marine. For more information call: Derrick Levy at Boating World (031) 332-1987 or Bobby Graham 082 653 3116.

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