The 1st of November marked the first ever all Ladies Fishing Competition, that was held at the St Lucia Ski Boat Club.
This Competition was the brain child of Velia Tonkin and the competition was extremely well attended by more than 80 lady anglers,
some of which had never fished before.
Registration and briefing was held on Friday evening the excitement and energy that was experienced, almost blew the roof off
the ski boat club, It was some thing to behold. The ladies were informed at the briefing that Saturday would probably be a blow out,
and not be fishable due to unsafe fishing conditions.
This did not dampen or break any of their spirits what so ever, the festivities at the club carried on until the early hours of Saturday morning.
Saturday morning saw a few of the ladies a bit worse for wear after a great briefing and opening function. A dress up evening was planned for
later that day and the ladies went all out and never held back on any detail.
Sunday morning dawned and the weather was ideal, but nothing was holding these ladies back today. They were enthusiastic and ready to tackle what ever the day
threw at them. At first light they began launching the boats, all the boats made it safely behind the backline with some of the ladies having a bit more excitement than others,
and they were on their way to get some serious fishing done on the last and only day of the competition. The sea conditions were not great, but this never deterred the ladies in
any way. They put in a full days fishing in less than perfect conditions, and some great catches were recorded by the ladies. Some of them even managed to catch and release
their first sailfish, which is a great achievement and the excitement could be seen at the weight in. The scales closed at 15:00 and everyone pushed their fishing time until as late as possible, to
make the most of their time on the water.
Weigh in saw all the anglers with fish to be weighed, eagerly waiting to see if their catch would win them the prize for the most meritorious game fish of the day.
Scales closed and weigh in came to an end, scores were tallied and positions were decided according to points. Prize giving and closing function was set to get underway
later that evening. Skippers and crew went home to get ready for prize giving, all the teams arrived back at the club and the atmosphere was uncontainable.
Prize giving began and everyone was excited and on edge to see who the first winner of the Pioneer Ladies Fishing Competition.
The announcement was made and the winners of the first Pioneer Ladies Competition were:
Team rod Bender
and the most meritorious fish for the competition on day 2 went to Chantelle Megan Coertzen, she was the winner of the R25 000,00 sponsored by Close Up Machinery.
Memories and new friendships were made among all that attended the competition. Well done to the St Lucia Ski Boat Club on yet another well organised and run
We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year.
The Salty Hook Team