Thank You and Final Results – 2018

DEAR SPONSOR and ANGLER

First and foremost, and on behalf of all the anglers, I would like to thank the sponsors for their very generous contributions – it goes without saying that the annual Let it Swim™ Tiger Fishing Tournament would never be possible without your valued support and contributions.

Woah……………………no one saw it coming!!!!!! After weeks of great weather building up to the tournament, and reports of a few nice fish coming out, during the Skippers’ Briefing we get hit with a serious storm that threatened to collapse the tent……………followed by 2 days fishing where not a single qualifying Tiger Fish of 500mm was landed. If that wasn’t enough on the Saturday we experience a technical glitch with the App. that I have been assured cannot happen again. With all these challenges we still came through it all relatively unscathed and I am just very, very grateful that there were no injuries during the storm. I strongly believe that the move to the Sodwana Hengel Klub was the right thing to do – and what a difference! Nature dealt us a mean hand and I am sorry for those that lost tents, gazebos and other camping gear.

The anglers fished hard in gusting and heavy winds and with the fishing conditions as bad as they were, no qualifying Tiger Fish came out after Day One. It was decided that on Day Two anglers could log all fish from 300mm upwards on the score-sheet in order for us to at least disburse some of the angling prizes. There was also always the hope that a 500mm plus fish would come in but the big fish proved elusive again and this was not to be so we were forced to re-allocate some of the top angling prizes to the Raffle. This also means there will be a R30K carry-over boost for the Longest Tiger Fish next year …………so expect a significant and worthwhile prize for the Longest Tiger Fish in 2019.

Although qualifying Tiger were a ‘no show’ on both days there were encouraging reports of ‘nice’ fish being lost so they were around – just not feeding as they usually do. With the change of rule for Saturday we were able to give out a few angling prizes over and above the Skippers’ and Anglers’ Lucky Draw Prizes. These were as follows:-

BIGGEST BARBEL – Justin BURNIE of Team ‘Chumwari’ – 530mm – Assorted angling prizes.

LONGEST TIGER (JUNIOR) – Troy SIMMONS of Team ‘Reel Deal’ – 395mm – *Legend Protea Kayak and prizes

LONGEST TIGER (LADIES) – Annetjie PAULIK of Team ‘Bakgat’ – 455mm (2 x Nights for 4 at *Tiger Fish Lodge)

MOST TIGER FISH (INDIVIDUAL) – Jaco THERON of Team ‘Dorado’ – Assorted angling prizes.

MOST TIGER FISH (TEAM) – Team ‘Jontikki 2’ – John Turner, Daryl Scott, Jimmy Yates and Charles Dean.

With the angling prizes done we moved on to the Raffle where some seriously great prizes were up for grabs, boosted too, by the Angler prize carry –overs. It must be noted that proceeds from the Raffle have gone into the JODCIG (Jozini Dam Concerned Interest Group) fund set up to assist and support the SAPS Waterwing Unit (based in Richard’s Bay) in their operations against illegal gill-netting/poaching and the plundering of cycads in and around the Dam. I am proud to say that R25 000 was raised so a massive thank you to all the Sponsors for supplying prizes and to all those who so generously supported the cause by buying tickets. Thank you too to Colonel Olivier and the SAPS Waterwing men for their presence at this year’s event – their commitment to the anti-gill netting/poaching cause is indeed commendable and there is every assurance that their deployments will continue.

The top 10 Raffle Prizes were won as follows together with a further 15 prizes consisting of fishing tackle and related gear:-

  • 1st Prize – Morne LAUNSPACH – *Sekoma Island Lodge, Zambia – 3 night – 2 full days fishing on the Upper Zambezi River in conjunction with *Afri G Adventures, R5 000 from *Let it Swim™ and various *Wildfly sponsored prizes including Tommo’s Tiger Selection. +- R25K

  • 2nd Prize – Roger CURRIN – Privately sponsored *Yamaha 4HP 4 Stroke motor. +- R18K

  • 3rd Prize – Mike v. d. WESTHUIZEN*Wildfly/Easy Holidays sponsored 7 night accommodation for up to 8 guests at any *RCI affiliated resort. +- R12.5K

  • 4th Prize – Hennie MEINTJES*Legend Kayaks – Makara Fishing Kayak. +- R8K

  • 5th Prize – Mike du PLESSIS*Let it Swim™ Black Rhino 12/200 bronze by Arend ELOFF. +- R8K

  • 6th Prize – Craig STEVENS*Yamaha 3.3Kva Generator +- R8K

  • 7th Prize – Paul PHILLIPS*Let it Swim™ Fragram 200cc Petrol Hi-Pressure Cleaner +- R7K

  • 8th Prize – Belinda Haines*Whispering Waters, Fort Nottingham 3 night stay +- R4.5K

  • 9th Prize – Belinda Heunis*Whispering Waters, Fort Nottingham 3 night stay +- R4.5K

  • 10th Prize – Tom Haines*Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge 2 night stay +- R3.5K

In addition to the above each angler received sponsored shirts, caps and individual trophies and for these together with all the other goods and services I would like to, randomly, thank the following sponsors in no particular order:-

Antalis, Sekoma Island Lodge and Afri G Adventures, LegendKayaks, TBA Design and Print, Yamaha, Pratley Adhesives, MJH Machine Tools cc, Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge, Emcom, Intamarket Graphics, Dyna Castings, Airstream Water, Leading Edge Labels, Gap Moulding, Inside Angling, Whispering Waters, The Kingfisher, Adcan Marine Supplies, Zam’s Apiary, Roam Free, Maximum Equipment/Hidromek, Wild Fly.co.za, MSC, Tarocube, Sodwana Hengel Klub, All Roader Motors, Tiger Fish Lodge, Barry Aylward, The Pumpsmith, Eco Press, Kenart, Shave and Gibson, Khwela Print and Sign, Paulo and Julio Chainho, Everest Ice, Dimple Paper, Thunderbolt, Night Force Security and Ghoti Gear.

The Let it Swim™ TFT would not be possible without the personal involvement of a number of people and I would also like to make particular mention of the following individuals/companies for their contributions, at times, in the face of adversity. Challenges happen and need to be dealt with but it is undoubtedly the recovery that is more important!:-

Rick and Natalie Lazenby (MJH Machine Tools cc), Daryl Scott (Fishwicks), Nick Gillings (Antalis), Rob Perry (Integrated IT Solutions), Ryan Marchand (253 Technologies), Juanita Scott (TBA Design and Print), Peter Beckley, Mags (Paperchain), Mark Henderson (Kenart), Oliver Sclanders (Everest Ice), Colin Henderson, Deon and Brandon Swanepoel (Khwela Print and Sign), Cheryl Johnson (Flying Colours Designs and Airstream Water), Mike Bohnen (Leading Edge Labels), Lupi and Wilma Ciagli (Lupi Ciagli Photograpy) SAPS (Waterwing Unit); David de Broize (Dave de Broize and Associates), Roger Currin (The Pumpsmith), Barry Aylward, Peter Edwards (Dyna Castings), Babs and Manus Pieters (Catering + Sodwana Hengel Klub), Estiaan Marx (Sitilo/MHM Rentals), Salome Harvey (Tiger Fish Lodge) and Zahed Moosa (Ghoti Gear). My apologies if I have inadvertently left anybody out.

Many, many thanks again to all involved and I look forward to your continued support in 2019 for the 22nd Let it Swim TFT. Dates and registrations will be announced soon via a Let it Swim™ TFT e-mail bulletin.

Best regards.

Chris Digges

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