The waters around Struisbaai in the Western Cape will be churned up by the boats of eager participants in the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament, all about to bag one of the fastest game fish in the world at the Southernmost Tip of Africa.
Commonly known as the Two Oceans Marlin Tournament, and hosted by the Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club, the tournament has gained a name for itself as one of the most challenging marlin competitions along the South African coast. Deep-sea anglers pit themselves against the three species of marlin found in the region, as well as the volatile weather and rough seas of the Cape of Storms.
Suidpunt Chairman Hubert Meyer says a unique feature of this tournament is that it is the only marlin tournament in the world where you can catch marlin in both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans - all within one day! Another one of its charms is the great camaraderie that keeps anglers coming back year after year.
In 2019 17 teams braved the seas around L'Agulhas Bank from Struibaai Harbour for four exceptional but exhausting sea days. The organisers are already holding thumbs for good weather throughout the coming seven-day tournament.
Winners of the 2019 tournament - Capetonian - have already confirmed they will be back to defend their title this year!
The tournament is 100% catch and release with a strong emphasis on conservation, as the tournament's fishing grounds are right next to the recently declared Agulhas Marine Protected Area. Luckily all marlineers agree that watching one of these magnificent fish swim free is probably equally thrilling as bringing it alongside the boat to video it before unhooking.
No points are scored if a fish dies or is brought ashore. Lines in is at 6 am and lines up at 4 pm, weather permitting. Once the boats are out at sea the teams can settle in at a variety of favourable areas where marlin can be spotted, including the white marlin of local legend. The 12 Mile Bank, 5 Mile Bank and the Blougaansie are just a few of the names that will be bandied about after the first day of trolling. These areas are also packed with baitfish of all sorts, including anchovy, squid, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, maasbankers and skipjack which are all popular on the marlin menu.
Registration for the Two Oceans Marline Tournament closes on 5th February 2020. The entry fee is R7500 per team of five and includes a shirt, goodie bag and dinner every night. Additional team members pay R1500 per person. Early registration is essential for shirts and goodie bags. Contact the Manager of Suidpunt Deep Sea Angling Club, Marinda De Kock firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.