Angling team win two boats

2011-05-06 00:00

LUCK struck twice for a team of local of anglers when Pieter Bodenstein of Uvongo ensured that his five-man team won their second brand-new ski-boat in as many weeks at the weekend.

Bodenstein reeled in a whopping 31,86 kg couta during the Port Edward Ski-Boat Festival on Sunday to win his team a Yamaha Seacat 465 FC, fully equipped with motors and a trailer valued at R201 000.

A week ago his team-mate Dewald van der Merwe, also of Uvongo, caught a 26,85 kg couta to win the grand prize of the Hibberdene Ski-Boat Club Couta Classic, a Seacat 510 with two 50 Yamaha trim and tilt motors and a trailer valued at R250 000,

The team, comprising Bodenstein, Van der Merwe, Andrew Stewart, Maansie Beer and Kurt Rutter, were suddenly faced with the enviable dilemma of deciding how to share the boats. He said the team will sell both boats and share the money.

“We are absolutely dumbfounded,” said Bodenstein, who is vice-commodore of Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club. “We couldn’t believe it. We knew we were fishing in the right place. We fish there quite often, and it was very close to where Dewald had caught his fish the previous week.

“As soon as I reeled it in we knew we were in with a shot as it was bigger than the one of the week before.”

Noting that fishing “is 50% preparation and 50% luck,” Bodenstein said he believes the group’s preparation, experience and ability to work as a cohesive unit bolstered their chances of success.

“Our preparation and combination as a team, with each guy knowing exactly what to do at what time, played a major role,” he said.

“We are looking for buyers and we’re sure someone will jump at the opportunity to acquire these beautiful boats.”

To add to an extraordinary two weeks of fishing, Rutter caught a 156 kg tuna on Saturday, which won him a Daiwa Saltist reel and cooler box valued at R3 000.

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