Suzuki Marine and Bayview Boating were once again involved in sponsoring the St Francis Bay Tuna Challenge. Despite the weather and difficult sea conditions, tight lines prevailed, some great catches were made and an enjoyable time was had by all. Well done to all the winners!
The 2015 St Francis Bay Tuna Challenge, run by the St Francis Bay Ski Boat Club from 7th to 11th July, was once again a hugely successful and popular event on the Eastern Cape's fishing calendar. With 16 boats and 66 anglers, it was always going to be a tough competition, especially with the weather deciding to play foul with no fishing possible on the Tuesday or Wednesday. Thankfully, Thursday saw a break in the weather. With further bad weather forecast for the weekend, competitors made the most out of the next two days although the sea conditions weren't ideal. As it turned out, Saturday also proved a "no go" day, so the catches of Thursday and Friday dictated the final honours.
Prize giving was held at the Ski Boat's headquarters at Port St Francis on the evening of Saturday 11th. The first prize up for grabs was for the first fish caught on Thursday, and the prize of R3000, sponsored by Lyons Construction and Lyons Glass and Aluminium, went to Francois Ellis on the boat "Catari". Next on stage, for the first fish caught on Friday, with a prize of R1000, sponsored by GeCat Marine, went to Leroy White on "Sahara". Whilst there was a prize for the juniors, no fish were weighed in this category so no prize could be awarded.
As the evening progressed, so onto the main prizes of the challenge, TOP BOAT and TOP ANGLER!
Top Boat, with a fantastic prize of eight return tickets to Chobe in Botswana, valued at R51,600, sponsored by Airlink Airlines, went to "Sahara", skippered by John Robson.
The Top Angler prizes were the next to be awarded.Â Third prize went to Etienne Dreyer on "Red Herring" with a Tuna of 18,2kg. He took home R2000 in cash, sponsored by Jadsoft Systems, as well as Spotlights, sponsored by Haywire Electrical.
Hein van Rooyen on "Punt Lager", with a catch of 18.9kg, took home second prize, a Garmin Vibe Camera valued at over R6000 sponsored by Nautitech in Port Elizabeth, and a cash prize of R4000, kindly sponsored by the Kennedy Family and John Henrick.
The honour of Top Angler, with a prize valued at R44,500 , sponsored by Suzuki Marine and Bayview Boating, a 15 HP 4-stroke Suzuki outboard motor and Suzamar Rubber Duck, went to Francois Ellis on "Catari" with a Yellowfin of 22.4kg!
Well done to all the participants who braved the weather and sea conditions, Suzuki is proud to be a sponsor of this popular contest
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