Border Blacktips reel in Challenge Shield again

Weather, fish ‘come to the party’

THE RASSPL Border Blacktips rock and surf angling team held their fourth competition of the season along the beautiful “Ciskei” coastline in the Keiskamma area recently.

The weather conditions on September 2 were quite favourable with the sea doing all the right things for the Rock and Surf Super Pro League (RASSPL) event.

A total of 71 anglers entered the competition which also doubled up as the annual clash between The Kowie Crackers team from Port Alfred and the Border Blacktips for the coveted Challenge Shield Trophy.

WHAT A BEAUTY! Greg Timm came second in the heaviest edible category at the recent RASSPL Border Blacktips competition in the Keiskamma with this whopping silver steenbras weighing in at 5.7kg Picture: SUPPLIED

“The Blacktips went into the clash as defending champions and I am proud to say that we emerged worthy winners once again – making it two years in a row now! The Border team ended victorious on the day with 6130 points and Kowie with a respectful 5392 points,” Blacktips spokesman Shane Smit said.

Heaviest edible category went to long-time Blacktips member Bernard Hagemann with a 7kg pignose grunter; second went to teammate Greg Timm with a silver steenbras of 5.7kg with third going to member Dwaine Sansom with a kob of 5kg.

Heaviest non-edible for the day went to visiting angler Ryan Openshaw with a respectable smooth-hound shark of 10kg. Top points went to the season leader and top angler Colin Scheepers (Blacktips) with a new record individual total of 1299 points consisting of, also a record, a phenomenal 12 different species.  

The weather conditions on September 2 were quite favourable with the sea doing all the right things

Top Lady went to visiting Kowie member Karen Kemp with a very impressive total of 316 points with the participating juniors unfortunate not to land any prize-winning fish on the day.

“Our R1000 cash prize for the heaviest barbel went to member Brian Simpson for his 36cm silver barbel. A total of 377 fish were caught between the 71 entrants weighing in at a total of 252.3kg with all fish being safely released to swim another day. We are a 100% catch-and-release fishing league on which we pride ourselves very much,” Smit siad.

Some records were broken and a lot of good fun was had by all the anglers, especially with the weather and fish coming to the party.

“It really turned out to be the best competition we’ve had so far this season and to cap it off with Border Blacktips finishing victorious and retaining the Challenge Shield Trophy,” said Smit.

The next competition will be held at Haga Haga on October 28. The fishing area for this competition will be between the fence at Fish Bay and 100m west of Pulin Bay.

For more information, contact Smit at shane.rasspl@gmail.com or on 083-500-9654. Anyone can enter the Border Blacktips RASSPL events as it is 100% open to the general public.

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