Six years later, she nets that fish

2018-12-04 06:00
Tarryn Hemmes.PHOTO: Sean Todd

Tarryn Hemmes.PHOTO: Sean Todd

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Competitions are always tough, but it must be even tougher when you are competing against yourself, trying to break the record you previously set.

This is what Tarryn Hemmes of Hout Bay has been doing for six years when participating in the annual Two Oceans Tuna Derby and this year, on Wednesday 14 November, she finally did it.

She caught a yellowfin weighing about 87kg during the 15th annual derby held at the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay, scoring herself a third place in the overall winners in the individual category, following Justin Karan with a 91.85kg yellowfin in first place and Izak Pieterse with a 87.50kg yellowfin in second.

She also won a second place for the longfin in the ladies’ category.

“I am so happy about my achievement as I have been trying for six years to beat my previous record of 81.9kg which I also caught during the tuna derby. I have been participating in the tuna derby on and off for the last eight years and I enjoy fishing the tuna derby because it just has such a great vibe to it and is organised extremely well.”

Unlike what most women enjoy doing, Hemmes finds peace and joy in participating in rare sports among women, namely fishing and show-jumping (horse riding).

She says that over the years her experience has been amazing, with all the teamwork shown by participants creating an exciting environment for
everyone.

The two-day event started on Tuesday 13 November and the finals were the following day, with 32 entries with a total of 140 fishermen.

Chris Shield, Hout Bay local and tournament organiser for the last 15 years, says: “The Two Oceans Tuna Derby hosted by Atlantic Boat Club is an event that Hout Bay can be proud of. Over the years it has become one of the most sought-after events on the South African sport fishing calendar, and the professional organisation of the event is something that the fishing club excels at year after year. It puts Hout Bay solidly on the map as a world-class sport fishing ground in South Africa.”

The group winners were Silver Fox, skippered by Heinie Strumpher, in first place with a total entered catch of 153.45kg; The Xtreme 1, skippered by Bosman Swanepoel, in second place with a total entered catch of 148.80kg; and Real Time, skippered by Izak Pieterse, in third place with a total entered catch of 143.30kg. Judith Roetman of The Xtreme 1 scooped first place in the women’s category.

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