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28 April - Final Day
Perfect weather conditions dominated the final day of the Tuna Classic. The fleet set off and made fast progress to the Tuna grounds, with some boats running out to the 40 mile mark.
Although there were a few more fish than on Day 2, there were no major surprises at weigh-in with all the fish ranging around the 16Kg mark and nothing larger than 17.8 Kg; a nervous time for the 1st and 2nd placed Junior Ladies as they waited for the last boats to show their catches.
In the end the Junior Ladies showed the men how to do this thing. A BIG congratulations to Carla Schmidt & Melissa de Villiers who walked away with 1st and 2nd place on Sea Devil, skippered by Colin de Villiers.
Joint 3rd place went to Ian Burrel (boat: Fundays Too) & Anthony Muller (boat: The Ghost) with a fish each of 18.2 Kg's.
Top boat was The Ghost, skippered by Tielman Nieuwoudt.
Carla Schmidt (1st), Colin de Villiers (skipper) & Mellissa de Villiers (2nd)
photo by Nich Cadle
27 April - Day 3
Today is a blow out.
The forecast fo tomorrow is ideal with 5 Knot NE swinging to SE with 1.6m swells at 15 seconds.
26 April - Day 2
Conditions perked up overnight and most of the boats made an early start this morning.
Boats ran from 24 to 42 miles to get to the good water with choppy condition in the deep.
37 Yellowfin made it to the scales all between the 15 Kg's minimum to the largest of 19.4 Kg's caught by Junior Lady, Carla Schmidt on Sea Devil.
The Junior Ladies did well all round with a good 18.4Kg Yellowfin landed by Melissa de Villiers, also on Sea Devil
Conditions tomorrow aren't loking good with 26 Knot WSW and a swell of 2.4m at 5 seconds.
Top fish of the day:
19.4kg – Carla Schmidt on Sea Devil
18.4kg – Melissa de Villiers on Sea Devil
18.2kg – Anthony Muller on Ghost
18.2kg – Ian Burrell on Fundays Too
17.8kg – John Allan on Big John
17.6kg – Les Pretorius on Challenger
17.4kg – Phil Kolbe on Levanto.
25 April - Day 1
The 20th Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club's 2012 Tuna Classic kicked off last night with registration and the skippers briefing.
The 25 boats made their way to Shark Rock pier this morning amid chilly but clear conditions. A crowd of family and friends gathered for the Blessing of the Fleet before the fleet run off into the stunning sunrise.
Late am: Weather out deep picked up and forced the fleet to return. Fishing was called off for the day.