This weekend saw team BUGGI take first place at the annual Two Oceans Tuna Derby, hosted by the Atlantic Boat Club in Hout Bay.
The week-long competition saw more than 30 boats set out into the tuna-rich waters off Cape Point. According to one of the members, the area is renowned as being one of the best tuna fishery’s in the world. The competition attracted many anglers from all over, every one of them with one goal, to catch the biggest tuna.
For the past couple of years, the event has been known to produce a winning tuna in excess of 100 kilograms.
The competition offers many prizes, but the prize everyone was fishing for was a ski-boat on trailer with Yamaha engines, sponsored by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing.
Over the course of five days, three days were suitable for fishing with two days being lost due to strong winds.
The competition comprised various categories which included juniors under 16, lady anglers, fly fishing, most fish tagged and released, heaviest long fin tuna and heaviest yellow fin tuna.
Eventually, the team from Yzerfontein Boat Angling Club, fishing on the boat BUGGI, took first place by weighing in a whopping 89.34 kg yellow fin tuna, caught by the skipper, Carlos De Gouveia. The team also weighed in, amongst others, the smallest yellow fin tuna, the second biggest long fin and the sixth biggest yellow fin. Another boat from Yzerfontein, LIANELLE, skippered by Pieter Eksteen, won the fly fishing category.
Carlos was supported by the rest of the team which comprised of Eduardo Pereira, Roberto Leao, Iain van der Spuy and Clint Walmsley.
The winners celebrated by admiring the prize and toasting one another while singing celebratory Portuguese victory songs.