Big catches at tuna derby in Hout Bay

Team Reel Therapy bringing in longfin tuna.

The Two Oceans Tuna Derby took place at the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay, last week. 

This year, the tournament had 29 entries from as far as Richard’s Bay, and around 130 anglers. It has become known as one of the prestigious competitions in the annual South African sportfishing calendar, with this year’s prizes worth over R800 000, and the winning team walking away with a Seacat ski boat with a trailer and two Yamaha engines worth R325 000. Each boat could weigh in two yellowfin tuna over 30kg and one longfin tuna over 15kg for each day of fishing. This counted towards the overall prize. In addition, prizes were awarded for individual anglers, in the jigging and popper category and in the catch and release category.

Cloud 9, skippered by Carlos De Gouveia took first place followed by Extravagence and Silver Fox in second and third spot respectively. Henry Hugo won the individual catch, fishing on a Silver Fox with a 92.80kg Yellowfin. Bob Belgium took second place and Marc White third. Tarryn Hemmes was crowned ladies individual winner with a 57.20kg Yellowfin with Judith Roetman coming second with a 52.20kg Yellowfin.