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From: Chris [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 23 July 2007 09:44 PM
To: 'The Angling Times'
Subject: RE: Need report
The “TYDE” is in at SHELLY BEACH
What a month we have had the weather has been as expected this time of the year absolutely perfect, with so many fishing days I am almost fished out, with the only thing not being true to form are the sards, sardine experts my a… these fish have a mind of their own, consider this year as a no show.
We started off on the 7th of July with the mallard’s mercury bonanza with the majority boats launching at shelly beach, (88 boats and 301 anglers) considering the damage done to the parking lot by the recent storms the launching and beaching of the boats went off without a hitch, thanks to the good organizing by shelly beach ski boat club.
The prizes were as usual fantastic, with Richard Jones on the boat NO TOM winning the brand new Mallards Cobra Cat 525 with 2 x 75hp Mercury Motors as first prize which he won with a 28kg Yellofin Tuna caught on the second day of the four day compo. Chris Rhodes with a 21.8kg King Mackerel was the winner of the Chevy Spark sponsored by Bates GM and Macsteel. Again this was a great event; anyone who had a line in the water stood a chance to win something. Well done Shelly Beach Ski Boat club and sponsors for a great compo.
On the 16th we had the start to the Junior Nationals with 18 teams taking place split into U19s and U16s fun was had by all. It was great to see young boys and girls with such passion for fishing. One team, three boys aged approximately 10 and 11 with the one youngster was fighting the fish, when I told him to lift the fish he had in the water so I could gaff it he asked me where it was, then I realized he could hardly see over the side of the boat. On another occasion one young lad had a shark on and fought it to the boat but when they realized it was a shark his team mates held on to him (arms around the waist) as they were scared he was going to go overboard what a sight to see.
Thanks to Shelly Beach Ski boat Club who hosted this compo and who looked after the skippers and teams with meals and launching hopefully these juniors have gone home with a wealth of knowledge and keep fishing for many years to come.
The results are as follows:
Under 16`s Under 19`s
1st Limpopo 348pts 1st Mpumalanga 320pts
2nd Western pro 219pts 2nd Eastern Provi 294pts
3rd Zululand 169pts 3rd Natal 255pts
4th Mpumalanga 149pts 4th Zululand 158pts
5th Free state 112pts 5th Southern gau 147pts
6th Natal 44pts 6th Free State 141pts
7th Gauteng deve 36pts 7th SADSA 72pts
8th Southern cape 12pts 8th Southern Cape 31pts
9th Southern gau 11pts 9th Boarder 26pts
On the charter fishing side when the current has been slack some fair size Green Jobfish and sarda sarda both excellent eating fish have been landed.
On the bottom it is good to see fair size pink salmon and blue bream being taken on the deep reefs. It also looks as if the rockod want to start eating again, better late than never. There are also a few king mackerel around the trick is to get them past the sharks.
Hopefully our weather will hold as we approach August when we still catch some good size yellofin tuna which have not disappointed us thus far. As yet we have not seen much geelbek which made their appearance last year in the beginning of July lets hope they don’t pull a” sardine” on us.
To all the teams taking part in the popular Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club interclub good luck, those that want to see some of the action keep your eyes on the gantry at shelly beach on the 4th & 5th of August to see what participants have caught.
TYDE FISHING CHARTERS