Bor­der Black­tips reel in Chal­lenge Shield again

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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.

“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 6 130 points and Kowie with a re­spect­ful 5 392 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.

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 R1 000 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.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

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

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