By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Local anglers featured prominently in the Interclub competition hosted by Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club at the weekend.
The Shelly Beach Blue men’s team and Shelly Beach Red women’s team fished against six visiting clubs/teams and made a strong case for KwaZulu-Natal colours with impressive performances.
Fishing was good all weekend with a lot of fish caught.
Captain Elmar Basson, Mark Brewitt and Kurt Rutter – all three capped KwaZulu-Natal deep sea anglers – formed the Shelly Beach Blue team and finished third on 401 points after two days of competition.
The local trio got off to an exceptional start on Saturday and found themselves in first place after Day One after having accumulated 388 points.
They had contrasting fortunes on Day Two, however, and were able to add just 13 points to their overnight tally.
It was enough, though, for third place behind runners-up Durban Rod and Reel (623 points) and Durban Ski-Boat Club’s Jack Barth, Shane Dennis and Sean Hewitt, who won the Interclub on 789 points.
Brewitt told eHowz!t: “It’s always nice to finish in the medals. There were strong competition from the other teams and the guys from Durban deserved their win.
“We didn’t really perform as well as we could have on the second day, we somehow managed to miss all the fish on the reef and couldn’t find anything constant.
“It was disappointing to slip from the first day but it was good that we performed well on the first day to hang on to third.”
Locals scooped two additional accolades, Brewitt holding the honour of hauling in the heaviest fish of the competition – a 16.60kg yellowfin tuna, which netted his team 88 points – and Pieter Bodenstein being named top skipper on his boat Bliksem.
Brewitt said of bagging the big one: “It’s always nice to put one over the other guys. There were some good fishermen there and if you can come out on top it’s always nice on a personal note.”
A modest Bodenstein commented: “It’s a nice feather in my cap but having a good and experienced team played a major role. We local skippers know the conditions and what works and doesn’t work so that also helps.”
Rutter was the best-placed local angler in sixth position on 121 points with Brewitt three places back on 91 points. Durban’s Dennis was a double winner as he earned the best angler honours.
The Shelly Beach Red team made up of Michelle Gets, provincial deep sea angler Faith Lategan and captain Jess Jarvis became the first Shelly Beach Ski-Boat Club all-women’s team to compete in an Interclub in 23 years.
The team, skippered by KwaZulu-Natal sailfish angler Juley du Plessis, finished seventh after scoring 31 points on Day One and 46 points on Day Two for a total of 77 points.
It was an especially memorable event for Gets and Lategan, the former returning to the deep sea for the first time in over two decades and the latter making her Interclub debut.
“I used to fish on my dad’s boat but I haven’t been on a boat in 23 years, so it was absolutely amazing to be on the water again,” said Gets, who was a member of the 1991 women’s team along with Lynn Palmer and Tilly Walters.
“It brought back a lot of great memories; it was one of the most incredible weekend’s I’ve had in a very long time,” said Gets.
“Being the first ladies team to represent the club after so many years made it that much more special. We worked very well as a team. We worked hard, we had a lot of fun and we caught fish.
“We didn’t do too badly and I think a lot of the guys were proud of us. For us, it was the first time teaming up. It was a really great experience and we want to do it more,” added Gets.
Lategan said: “It was incredibly exciting. I had an immense amount of fun with the girls and learned an awful lot. I’m proud of us girls and we hope to fish together as a team more often in future competitions.”
Jarvis remarked: “It was very different captaining an all-women’s team. I’ve been doing it for seven years with the guys and this was the first time I’ve captained a girls team. It was a great experience. The girls worked well together and it’s something we all want to do again.”
Du Plessis said: “It was a great honour to skipper for the ladies and they were a great team. I’m looking forward to skipper for them again or for any other ladies team if the opportunity comes along.”
1 Durban – 789
2 Durban Rod and Reel – 623
3 Shelly Beach Blue – 401
4 Midlands – 295
5 Natal Zonal – 244
6 Warnadoone – 225
7 Shelly Beach Red – 77
8 Nomads – 58
Angler (top 10):
1 S Dennis – 506
2 A Khan – 156
3 S Hewitt – 151
4 J Barth – 133
5 K Chandler – 124
6 K Rutter – 121
7 L Parker – 107
8 F Beukes – 98
9 M Brewitt – 91
10 P Claasen – 84
1 Bliksem – 676
2 Happy Hooker – 574
3 Must Byt – 512
4 Devocean – 456
5 Watt 4 – 222
6 Aquaholic – 132
7 Me Steph – 77
8 Ros a Lind – 61
Heaviest fish (top 10):
1 M Brewitt, yellowfin tuna – 16.60kg
2 S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 15.60kg
3 S Hewitt, yellowfin tuna – 14.50kg
4 S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.90kg / P Claasen, yellowfin tuna – 12.90kg
5 S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.80kg
6 D Dustan, yellowfin tuna – 12.70kg / S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.70kg
7 L Parker, yellowfin tuna – 12.30kg / S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.30kg
8 S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.10kg
9 C Nortje, yellowfin tuna – 12.00kg / A Khan, yellowfin tuna – 12.00kg / S Dennis, yellowfin tuna – 12.00kg
10 E Basson, yellowfin tuna – 11.90kg / S Hewitt, yellowfin tuna – 11.90kg
LENCEL AND BEV BRING YOU THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE TWO DAY WEEKEND ACTION………..