Fever running high for fish challenge

2017-09-20 06:01

THE inaugural Ford Eastern Cape Motors Bottom Fish Challenge will take place between October 27 and 29 this year and will be organised and hosted by the Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (Pedsac).

A need was identified to cater for the small deep sea ski-boat owner and bottom fish anglers who usually do not participate in the annual Tuna Classic off-shore event.

“With R150 000 up for grabs in total prize money, fish fever is running high among local recreational anglers and the tournament organisers expect more than 80 boats, jet-skis and fishing skis, and in excess of 280 anglers will take to the sea during the tournament,” said Richard Donaldson of Pedsac.

Pedsac will be the main tournament and weigh-in venue, while Noordhoek is a designated secondary launch site during the tournament.

“As part of our drive to fish for a sustainable future, Pedsac and the tournament organisers decided to make four of the critically endangered red data species mandatory measure and release, and escalating this to all species being measured and released by the third year of this annual event,” Donaldson said.

Scientists from Rhodes University’s Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science has thrown their weight behind this tournament and will assist with implementing the measure and release policies over the next three years. The scientists will use this tournament to gather catch data and assist with educating all anglers on best practice for sustainable recreational fishing.

Entry forms are available from Pedsac on www.pedsac.co.za or can be collected from the club house between 11am and 7pm daily.

Ford and Eastern Cape Motors, together with the PE Deep Sea Angling Club, has identified the Aurora Special Care Centre to be beneficiaries of the tournament charity drive.

“Funds will be raised to help improve the lives of approximately 120 children and adults with disabilities requiring special care. Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to help purchase 10 specialised beds at a cost of R8 500 per bed.”
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