KEEN anglers from all over the country once again made the journey to Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club to participate in the premier game-fishing tournament, Shelly Beach Ski Boat Festival, held from the 29 June to the 2 July. Due to changes in the major sponsors, the traditional first prize of a Mallards ski boat with two Mercury motors was replaced by a cash prize of R100 000 for the overall heaviest game fish. The Ski Boat Club committee also introduced a new “Calcutta” or “Skins” system, led by PJ Botha, which generated R60 000 in cash prizes on the registration evening with 30 boats competing for a daily prize of R15 000 for the heaviest game fish per day. Fishing was slow on the first day with very few reports of decent fish caught. It was a pleasant surprise for the large crowd gathered in the tent at the weigh station on day one when a very respectable 32.5kg Yellowfin Tuna came to the scales caught by Roy Jackson on the boat “Thunderchild” off Umkomaas. Day two produced better results with fish brought to the scales from Port Edward right through to Durban. Local anglers Carl Gutzeit and Patrick Fenton brought two Yellowfin Tuna in weighing 20kg and 25.7kg respectively caught near Hibberdene. However the day belonged to the anglers fishing aboard “Come Tomoro” fishing out of Hibberdene. Local anglers Alan “Moo” Fraser and Josh Rodwell arrived at the scales with a crate filled with large Amberjack and had the crowd anxious to see their weights. The three fish were all impressive but the biggest two weighed in at 23,7kg and a massive 34.8kg respectively handing Alan Fraser the overall lead. At the scales on day three, there were very few fish weighed but rumours soon spread about a big Yellowfin coming in from Port Edward which built the excitement for the crowd. The crew of “Master Tom” arrived at the scales with a very impressive Yellowfin Tuna that had everyone guessing if it would topple the 34.8kg amberjack for top place. Eventually the tuna weighed in at 31.3kg securing Shaun Posthumus third place overall. On day four gale-force winds and rough seas prevented boats launching for the last day of the competition and this proved to be the case as no fish were brought to scales on the last day. Prize giving went well on a chilly evening in the tent with overall placings going to Alan Fraser (R100 000 cash), Roy Jackson (second overall) and Shaun Posthumus (third overall). The “Calcutta” prizes went to “Master Tom” for days one and three and “Bluetooth” for day two. Notable junior placings were the top three juniors namely Cameron Palmer (first), Pietie Bodenstein (second) and Reydon Basson (third) all Shelly Beach anglers. Another great result was the top lady, taken by Megan Du Plessis, another local junior angler. - Supplied.