The Big Catch baited with R1 mln cash prize

2011-04-29 00:00

THE Big Catch, South Africa’s biggest shore and deep-sea fishing competition, now boasts a cash prize of R1 million, with plans for the competition to be filmed for broadcast as a reality programme on DStv.

The competition, which is strictly tag and release, is designed to hook the interest of experienced fishermen, women and juniors, with regional entries leading up to a national final taking place at the Fairmont Zimbali Coastal Resort on the north coast.

Says Craig Clay-Smith of the Flagship Communications Group, a marketing agency and producer of The Big Catch, “As a tag-and-release competition we will also secure sanctioning from the Oceanic Research Institute, Marine and Coastal Management and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to ensure that we support environmental and conservation objectives and assist in oceanic research with the collection and documentation of all catches.”

Ray de Bruyn, a seasoned angler and reality TV star, will provide a wealth of fishing knowledge and expertise to The Big Catch competition.

He explained the mechanics of the competition:

“Regional eliminations will take place at nine zones along the South African coastline. Each zone will be ruled and regulated by categories of fish, which will be scored for points on a catch-and-release basis.”

Entrants whose fish score the highest points will proceed to the final.

Competitors can enter at as many locations as they wish by paying the entry fee.

“The uniqueness of the show will be how we integrate the skills of shore and ocean anglers, but that is a secret we will only announce later,” says Clay-Smith.

Catches will be rated on size and factors such as species and difficulty of catch.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort will host the contestants in the finals.

KZN’s elimination rounds will leave 10 anglers in the final who will fish for the highest score to determine the winner.

Regional winners will compete at Zimbali.

The Big Catch final will be held over a number of days and for many competitors will be their greatest fishing weekend ever.

Negotiations are under way to include a first reality TV show of the competition.

More information will be made available through media releases and the website, which launches on May 1.

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