DEEP-SEA anglers from around South Africa will be hoping to reel in a record-breaking fish at the annual BLG Logistics Tuna Classic, which is set to kick off at the end of the month.
The event will be hosted by the Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club and will run from April 30 to May 3.
The competition this year marks the 22nd anniversary for the club.
One of the biggest features of this year’s Tuna Classic will be the daily beer garden and live music, and the big prizes up for grabs.
Tournament director Richard Donaldson said this year’s prizes were the biggest offered since the start of the competition.
Among the prizes are:
- R100000 for the biggest tuna weighing in at more than 25kg;
- A rubber duck and an eco-friendly Suzuki four-stroke outboard motor for a fish in excess of 20kg; and
- R50000 for the top competition boat.
Donaldson said they had also secured a bonanza prize of a new Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT six-speed 4×4 double-cab diesel bakkie, valued at R476000.
The Tuna Classic has a rich history, with the competition’s roots going back to the 1980s.
“The fishing over the last few years has been very poor but the die-hard fisherman returns to fish with the hope of catching that elusive big one,” Donaldson said.
“It is not only about catching many fish but also about reuniting with old friends and talking about the good old days.”
The 2008 Tuna Classic winner and BLG Logistics chief executive officer Shane Gerber said: “We believe the 2014 Tuna Classic will see this event continue to establish itself as a feature event.
“We have also committed ourselves to a three-year plan to sponsor this competition.
“I am sure it is going to be a great tournament and bigger than before.”
Nauti-tech Suzuki co-owner Warren Rachman said they were delighted to be part of the event.
“This is a great club event and we will continue to sponsor the event in years to come,” he said. – Yoliswa Sobuwa