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Bay is angling mecca

LARGE Yellowfin Tuna are traditionally caught in the waters off Richards during the period April to May.  However catches have been unusually good so far this season, as seen during the recent uMhlathuze Fishing Festival (formerly the Richards Bay Bonanza) despite very unfavourable sea conditions.

Whether this should be attributed to more and more bigger boats being based in Richards Bay, enabling anglers to put in fishing effort even in rough conditions, or whether it is just a good season, is debatable. The latest example is a fine 74.5kg specimen caught about 60km off shore, on an artificial lure, by proud angler Bennie Oosthuizen, crew Leon Maree and John Ducoudray off the sport-fishing boat “Black Watch” skippered by owner Kas vd Merwe on a social outing on Sunday 22 April. The potential of Richards Bay as a prime sport fishing based tourism destination has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Certainly one of the key factors has been the establishment of the now annual Black Watch Billfish Tournament, specifically targeting the bigger gamefish species available, on a tag & release basis for all Billfish caught during the Tournament. Captain vd Merwe believes that it is only a question of time before the magical barrier of 100kg in respect of Yellowfin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna Angling Mecca Richards bay
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or 1000lbs in respect of Blue Marlin will be broken in Richards Bay.

Source: Baywatch