Two Oceans Tuna Derby goes to Botswana

2018-12-11 06:02
Winning crew, Silver Fox, with their ski boat prize. From left are Heinie Strumpher Junior, Joe Smit, Heinie Strumpher Senior, Mark Delany and Jan Kleyn.PHOTO: Gary Lategan

Winning crew, Silver Fox, with their ski boat prize. From left are Heinie Strumpher Junior, Joe Smit, Heinie Strumpher Senior, Mark Delany and Jan Kleyn.PHOTO: Gary Lategan

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The first prize in the annual Two Oceans Tuna Derby went to a team from Botswana, Silver Fox, at the competition held at the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay on Thursday 15 November.

The team’s skipper, Heinie Strumpher Junior, says this was the highlight of their year as the win came unexpectedly.

The team bagged a Yamaha-powered ski boat with trailer for catching at 153.45kg yellowfin­.

Strumpher Junior says they are a team of four: himself, his father Heinie Strumpher Senior, Joe Smit and Jan Kleyn. This marked the fourth time he and his father entered the competition, as they are both fond of the sport of angling.

For them it is not just about winning, but learning new techniques and continuing to improve their angling skills.

“I am extremely happy and proud of this achievement. Angling in the deep blue seas around the Cape of Storms remains a highlight of my year and is a huge privilege, and then to win a competition where so many accomplished anglers are competing against one another and the elements, is a very special feeling. I suppose that all sportsmen get satisfaction from their chosen sport, but for me the reward is when you have been waiting long for a bite and out of the blue a big boy takes the bait. I still never return from a fishing trip without some lessons learnt.”

Strumpher Junior says the competition was challenging, with many talented and passionate competitors.

“The location is such a challenging one where skills are tested to the utmost and it is probably the best place in Africa to catch a yellowfin. This competition can really put challenges to any anglers. This year, however, the format of the competition changed for the better, so that the total weight on the boat wins and not the biggest fish, thus keeping the suspense as you are not sure of a win until the prize-giving.”

However, Strumpher Junior says team work, persistence and dedication was their strength as each team member gave it their all until the end.

He also says having good equipment and knowledge of the elements when going to competitions is key.

Chris Shield, the organiser for the last 15 years, says the 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.”


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