Since its inception in 1997, the annual Let it Swim Tigerfishing Tournament at Jozini Dam has carved out a unique spot in South African anglers’ hearts. The competition is limited and is at the discretion of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the organizer and its catch-and-release policy is setting new standards for environmentally / responsible sport and recreational angling.

After attending the competition in 2011, Abré Steyn made the following comment in an article for Farmer’s Weekly on 29 April 2011: “Many tiger fishing competitions take place at Pongola each year. The Let it Swim event is by no means the largest, but to my mind, it’s the most significant.”

What makes the Let it Swim TFT unique is that it is a limited field on a first-come-first-served basis. The figure has been agreed upon with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and we believe that this represents the ideal size competition in terms of boat numbers, accommodation and the general vibe. Participants come from far and wide and even include a few international anglers. What’s even more unique is that it is the length of the fish, not its weight, which determines points scored. All fish caught are measured against a template and returned live to the water to avoid injuries and mortality caused by weighing and extensive handling. Qualifying fish (over 500mm) are photographed and sent through, via e-mail, to the score master where they are logged on computer.

Apart from its unique ethos, part of the tournament’s prestige comes from the generous support of its dedicated sponsors. Abré Steyn sang their praises in his 2011 Farmer’s Weekly article, saying “The long list of sponsors such as Honda Marine, Red Heart Rum and Shayamoya Tiger Fishing and Game Lodge must be commended for supporting such a positive development in South African angling.”


Sponsors Sponsors Sponsors
253 Technologies Adcan Marine Afri G Adventures
Airstream David De Broize & Associates Dimple Paper
DMS Eco Fiber Eco Press
Emcom Everest Ice Fishbook
Fishtube Flying Colours Corporate Design Gap Moulding
Gerber Paper Inside Angling Intamarket Graphics
Integrated IT Solutions Kenart Khwela Print & Signs
Leading Edge Labels Legend Kayaks Maximum Equipment
MJH Machine Tools MSC Pongola Game Reserve
Pratley Roam Free Royal Jozini
Sekoma Island Lodge Shave and Gibson Shayamoya
Steve Slatter Insurance Brokers Tarocube The Kingfisher
The Pumpsmith WildFly Zam’s Apiary

Thanks also to

  • Flying Colours Corporate Design (Let it Swim logo revamp and tournament caps)
  • Everest Ice (Ice)
  • Khwela (Print & Sign)
  • Kenart (Printing)

Be part of the next tournament!

The 2020 tournament will be held from 3rd to 4th April 2020 and we would welcome any new sponsors who would like to come on board to support this incredible tournament. We also earnestly thank all our sponsors who loyally support us each year so that we can continue the Let it Swim TFT – without you this event would not be possible.

If your company is interested in becoming involved by either sponsorship, cash donations or prizes, please contact us so we can set up a meeting time that suits you.

For more information Download our Sponsorship Request Letter.

“This event is very well run and deserves all the support it can get. All those who assisted by donating prizes, cash, time and effort, I am sure, got their money’s worth. Finding events such as this that support the release and care of the fish they are targeting is a great step forward.” (Lionel Crow, Angler’s Talk, June 2011)

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