ENTER: Hook em for charity

Ella Mcconnachie (4), Aidan Elson (5) proudly hold up their fish with Liam Elson (2) and Graeme Elson at the 2014 competition at Rain Farm.

Dads, lads, moms and tots, grab your fishing rods for the annual The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund Bass Competition, proudly sponsored by Seeff on September 25 at the exclusive Dudley Pringle Dam, outside Tongaat.

Seeff Dolphin Coast’s sales director and licencee Tim Johnson said they were very excited to be continuing their support of The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund Bass Competition for the third consecutive year.

“This has become a much loved annual event for local families and fishermen, and with such an important charity benefiting from the proceeds, it is a wonderful chance to change lives while having some fun,” said Johnson.

“We look forward to seeing you at Dudley Pringle Dam! Reportedly packed with fat, healthy ten pounders and larger, the dam, which has been closed off to the public for many years, offers phenomenal angling and will be a fishing occasion not to be missed.

The bigger dam will also allow for non-motorised water craft, making it ideal for small inflatables and fishing skis. No kick-boats are allowed, as no dangling legs are permitted in the water.

Fishermen who prefer staying on land will have a lot of bank access to choose from around the large dam.

In keeping with being environmentally friendly and as fish-friendly as possible, the fish will be measured, instead of weighed this year.

All ages are welcome, as there will be a junior and senior category.

Aspiring young anglers can also look forward to the kiddies fishing clinic, and the whole family will enjoy the opportunity to picnic on the manicured lawns.

The Ballito Lions will be selling their delicious boerewors rolls and cool drinks on the day and there will be ample, safe parking as well as toilet facilities.

Be sure to get there nice and early, as registration starts at 5.30am, with lines up at 10.30am, followed by prizegiving.

There will be loads of prizes, ranging from the biggest fish catch to lucky draws.

Specialised Rescue Unit will be there to keep an eye on the safety of the anglers.

Entry fees are R100 for bank anglers and R200 for paddle ski anglers or small inflatable paddle boat anglers.

Enter below or at Hook Line & Sinker in Ballito and Salt Rock.

Online entries have closed. Please enter at Hook, Line and Sinker Ballito or Salt Rock.

 

Please deposit your entrance fee electronically to the following banking details:
North Coast Courier Orphan Fund
Bank ABSA
Branch 630229
Account No: 9109572488
Reference: Surname of Angler 1

(Please note your entry will not be confirmed until the entry fee is paid)

 

Competition Rules

1. No wading in the water, all bank anglers must remain on the bank and may not enter the water

2. Water craft (No motors, no kick boats or any craft where anglers come in contact with water) max 2 people per craft

3. No anglers will be permitted to fish unless they have signed an indemnity form.

4. Only artificial baits to be used, no live bait permitted whatsoever. Please crimp your barbs and have barbless hooks, this will minimize injuries to the fish caught.

5. Only live, bass fish to be measured by the weigh master (bass only).

6. All fish must be released safely back to the dam after being measured and recorded by the weigh master. In the event of a gut hooked fish, please trim the line out of the mouth and allow the weigh master to remove the hook for you, so as to ensure no further damage to the fish. They have been trained to remove hooks, so ask them to show you how.

7. No fish may be removed from the premises.

8. Care should be taken not to hold the fish out of the water for longer than a minute. Please signal to a marshal to assist you. Hold the fish by the lower jaw and keep the fish alive in the water until a weigh master has reached you. Please keep the fish wet as long as possible and do not allow the fish to be placed on the grass as this removes its protective coating.

9. Each Competitor and guest are to be ac-quainted with & adhere to the rules of the tournament. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification.

10. Score cards are to be carried by all anglers.

11. Anyone caught to be handing over fish to another competitor to score, will be banned from this event and future events. This is a fundraiser in good spirit and we expect the anglers to compete accordingly.

12. Registration will start from 05h30 at the main reception office, look for directions on the road. Maps to the various dams to be collected at the check in point.

13. Tournament will start at 05h30 sharp and lines up at 10h30. Anglers can start fishing as soon as they are registered, Lines up from 10:30 sharp

14. All score cards to be handed in by 11h00 sharp at the registration point.

15. Prize giving will commence at 11h30

16. In the event of no fish weighed (unlikely), all prizes will go into a lucky draw.

18. In the event of a tie there will be a draw for the prizes.

19. Sporting behavior and respect for other anglers are imperative, please give each other their due casting space.

20. The dams provided are private property and have been sponsored for this event by the land owners. Please respect the fauna and flora and the privacy of the land owners. Any abuse will see us forfeiting any future use of these facilities.

21. Do not litter, there are refuse bins pro-vided. HEFTY FINES IF YOU ARE CAUGHT LITTERING. Please make sure discarded fish-ing line is destroyed as birdlife do tend to get caught up and land up with severe injuries.

22. In the event of bad weather the tournament will continue. Please come prepared nevertheless.

Dudley Pringle Dam has been closed to the public for several years.

Dudley Pringle Dam has been closed to the public for several years.

 

 

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Elana Geist
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