Well, 2013 has started with some really hot weather, but unfortunately a good few days of high seas and strong winds also mean't that there were not a lot of fishing days yet. I am sure the good weather days are on their way, so don't put away your tackle ! Sydney has surveyed a number of boats in December, but if you missed out, please contact him for a special arrangement and get your boat surveyed.
As usual January is a month when things are still very much in holiday mode and as per normal there will be no month end steak braai in January. We will howver be having a bring-and -braai (last Friday of the month); likewise there will be no club general meeting in January. Our next club meeting will be the club AGM which will be held on Wednesday 20 February. Please note this date.
All members please note that annual subscription fees are now due, and only paid-up members are entitled to vote at the AGM.
It's that holiday time of year once again, and on behalf of the GBBAC Exco, allow me to wish all our members and their families a very happy holiday over the Christmas season, and may you all have a prosperous and happy New Year. Our thanks also to all those members who have supported our club so well during 2012, by attending events, angling for the club in tournaments and leagues, or giving of your time and energy to make this a successful year. Most of all, please be careful if you are out there boating or if you are travelling on the roads, see you all in 2013 !
Update 20 November 2012
Hooray! Summer seems to be finally here ! We can at least report that the Yellowfin tuna have put in an appearance, so there are a few more smiling faces around the club these days...
Our annual Inshore Classic tournament was fished this past weekend, and the weather was good and the sea "not too bad". Snoek were plentiful, Yellowtail were easily found but were very shy to actually take a lure, Kob and Geelbek were nowhere to be found, and very few Roman were caught. As usual, our huge thanks to all the sponsors, without whom such tournaments are simply not possible.
The main prize-winners were:
Biggest species: Yellowtail 7.43kg - Delano Goldberg on Shanken.
Second biggest species: Snoek 4.72kg - Louis Becker also on Shanken.
Third biggest species: Red Roman 2.11kg - Gus Rautman on Bad Romanz.
Fourth biggest species: Hottentot 1.33kg - Delano Goldberg on Shanken.
Fifth biggest species: Jacopever 1.21kg - Colin Joubert on Bad Romanz.
Top junior: Samaarah Ibrahim on Monish. (just 9 years old!)
Top lady angler: Hasena Khan on Monish.
1st - Shanken, skipper Louis Becker.
2nd - Relentless, skipper Daniel Hughes.
3rd - Bad Romanz, skipper Colin Joubert.
Top angler for the tournament was Delano Goldberg.
Well done to all ! We will post photos as soon as possible.
New members: The club does seem to be growing at a steady pace, and we welcome new members Daniel Pretorius, Johannes Smith, Derek Mann and Deon Jonker. We trust you will enjoy being part of our family.
What with the crayfish season now open we hope to hold a "crayfish derby" on 16 December, with a special braai for members, please watch the notice board for details.
All boat owners and skippers note that after some discussion regarding the validity of boyancy certificates, particularly on older boats, Sydney Strydom (radio and safety) has contacted SAMSA and obtained clarity on the matter. You may contact him directly if you have questions, or refer to SAMSA Marine Notice No.8 of 2012, dated 29 March 2012. For more safety info, click on the Radio and Safety link on our "about us" page. Also note the boat survey dates mentioned below,
Update 23 October 2012
Man, let’s hope that rain just past was really the last for the winter, we really need a bit of sunshine to cheer us up and help the guys get out on the water !
I did hear a little “story” about one or two tuna being located early last week, so maybe, just maybe, things are about to change...
On the club fishing front, we must congratulate our top anglers Daniel Hughes, Patrick Christodoulou and Louis Becker, who represented WP at the recent Bottomfish Nationals in Durban, and did very well to finish in second place. Among the highlights was Louis’s 22 kg Kob... well done to the guys, who once again showed that GBBAC are more than just capable anglers, in fact, we are also local champions: GBBAC anglers have shown the rest of WP what we can do by winning both the Inshore South and Inshore West leagues ! And Daniel’s boat Relentless was also Top Boat in both leagues.... now is that a statement or what??? Well done to ALL the anglers who participated and contributed to this great achievement, and thank you !
Welcome to our newest members:- John van Niekerk, Justin van Wyk, James Clarke and Andrew Faure. We trust you will enjoy being part of our club !
GBBAC is now also on facebook - take a look and join in !
Sydney (Radio and Safety Officer) has allocated 2 dates for club boat surveys, ie. 08 and 22 December. Please contact him for details and get your boat surveyed and ready for 2013.
Update 17 Sep 2012:
The decision to move the Frankie Jacobs Memorial Tournament was indeed justified, and if you take a look at the club "ladder" page, you will see the major changes the tournament had on the club ladder standings. And boy, it has suddenly become a very close thing for a number of positions, so keep your eyes on that page ! (unless of course, you are one of the competing anglers.... then keep fishing !)
Remember our club general meeting Wednesday 19 th at 19h30 - the weather is fast improving, so no excuses for non-attendance please !
Urgent update 30 August 2012:
All anglers and other members - please note that due to expected bad weather on Saturday 01 September, the Frankie Jacobs Memorial Tournament has been moved to Sunday 02 September.
Contact person Louis Becker .
Friday evening steak braai (31 August) (with live music !) - come and join us for a great evening !
Update 14 Aug 2012:
Oh dear, looks like our weather is not keen to give us a break... another cold front on the way as I write, so not much news once again.
We did manage to fish the WP West league on 04 August, and for a change there was plenty of fish to be had, nevermind that it was mostly snoek. Our youngsters again did well, and I will update the club ladder shortly. Louis becker scored top points towards the ladder, so well done !
Welcome also to three new members; Corrie Myburgh,Russell Smith and Jason Cordier. We trust that you will enjoy good times at our club and join in as much as possible.
Note that our annual Frankie Jacobs memorial tournament will be fished on 01 September, so keep that date open and join in one of our favourite social tournaments. See you there.
Update 07 Aug 2012:
Report on the Western Province Bottom fish Interprovincial hosted by Overberg Boat Club run out of Kleinbaai for the week 24th -28th July 2012.
The first of hopefully many, WP Bottom Fish Interprovincial was hosted by Overberg Boat Club and run out of Kleinbaai harbour for the week 24th to 28th of July. The opening function saw the registration of the teams and the welcoming of the teams to the first of its kind in their waters. Five teams took part, namely Eastern Province, Border, two WP teams (Red and Blue) and an invitational Barbarians team.
On the first day the two WP teams lay first (red team) and second (blue team) respectively, with the next team, Border far behind. The Snoek were plentiful and species such as Red Stump and Carpenters were also brought to the scale. Delano Goldberg (GBBAC)of the WP blue team weighed in amongst other fish a lovely 4.35kg Red Stump, the biggest for the tournament. On day two the tables were turned slightly when the other teams some of which had never caught Snoek before, started to catch Snoek, this saw the WP blue team move to the top of the log and EP and Border move significantly up the log and the WP red team a little down the log.
Day three (the final day), was a rough start with the weather being a bit on its head, the WP blue team was paired up with the smallest boat in the fleet but which had the biggest heart of the fleet. She did not let the team down and the WP blue team did well, landing five species including Snoek. The EP team made the best catch of the tournament which made the scoring very close between the two teams. The scores at this stage were not released and the anglers had to spend Friday evening and the whole of Saturday in suspense for the final outcome!
At the closing ceremony DP Burger opened the event and handed over the floor to the Chairman of the Overberg Boat club, Gustav Groenewald he in turn then welcomed the WP Chairman Leander Wiid and so the proceedings carried on. Blaasoppie, smallest boat of the fleet was the top boat for the tournament, with Gustav being the skipper. In bronze position Border ,in second position (Silver) was Eastern Province and in First position (Gold) was the Western Province Blue Team consisting of Daniel Hughes, Louis Becker and Delano Goldberg. All three anglers are members at Gordons Bay Boat Angling Club, with Delano being a Junior Angler (16 years of age). The three anglers performed brilliantly together and made an unstoppable team. The tournament was well organised and a special thanks must go out to the Overberg Boat club and its members including Gustav Groenewald, DP Burger and Crystal Holtzhauszen.
Update 16 July 2012:
I know this wintry weather is probably getting many of you down, but it is winter in the Cape of Storms, so we need to stick it out, because we all know IT WILL GET BETTER ! ... Talking of the weather, lets all hope that there will be fishable days late next week, as we have anglers taking part in the Interprovincial Bottomfish tournament in Kleinbaai. Good luck and tight lines Daniel Hughes , Mark Truter, Louis Becker and Delano Goldberg.
Our annual “unders and overs” competition is still planned for 21 July, watch the notice board or contact the competitions officers for updates. Another club competition which many look forward to is the Frankie Jacobs memorial competition, this year the planned date is 01 September, so keep your calendars clear for that date.
By now most members should be aware that there will be no monthly steak evening on 27 July – instead we are having a “Christmas in July” event. A three course meal, live music and plenty of fun – please contact Mickey for tickets (076 7338855).
New members: Welcome to the following new members: Willie Dique, Adriaan Jansen van Vuuren and Adrian Scrooby. We trust that you will enjoy being part of our club.
Sadly, we must advise our members that an old stalwart of our club for many years, Colin Tatham, has passed away. Colin was instrumental in the start of the Harbour Island Broadbill Classic tournamnet, which later became our Offshore Classic tournament.
Update 02 July 2012;
Upcoming events; 21 July - our annual "unders and overs" social angling tournament - please watch the notice board for more detail or contact the competitions officers, this is always a great social day, so join in if you can.
"Christmas in July" will be held on 27 July, in place of our monthly steak evening. Contact Mickey for details (also on the notice board). This is a tickets only event, so don't delay!
Bar news: "Happy Hour" is back to the old time-slot : Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm till 7pm.
Update 27 June 2012;
It is with great sadness that we wish to advise all members that Kenny Rinquest, club member and well-known member of the angling fraternity, passed away on Friday 23 June. The funeral will take place on Saturday 30 June at 11:00 am, at the Old Apostolic Church, corner of van Zyl and Pienaar Streets, Somerset West. Our condolences, on behalf of all club members, to Kenny's family.
This is little more than an "update" as there has been pretty much nothing going on along the angling front, and the cold seems to keep many folk indoors.
An upcoming event to look forward to is our "Christmas in July" event which will be held on 27 July, instead of our monthly steak evening. This promises to be another super evening, so please watch the noticeboard for info or contact Mickey - don't leave it late, tickets sell fast !
On 21 July we plan to have our annual "unders and overs" (50 that is) social fishing day, make a note and hold thumbs for good weather. More detail to follow.
Four of our anglers have been selected to represent WP at the Interprovincial tournament to be held at Kleinbaai at end July, albeit in two different teams, so congrats and tight line to Mark Truter, Delano Goldberg, Louis Becker and Daniel Hughes.
We have mentioned that the EXCO will be trying very hard this year to increase participation in all club events and activities, and we have had some positive feedback from members. Please continue to give us your suggestions and support when events are organised, it is important for our club to be more than just an angling club. We recently held a "family day" but it seems the weather at this time of year is a huge factor, but thanks to those who made the effort, we will continue along this path.
Please make an effort to attend our monthly club meetings – held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 19h30. These meetings are the forum at which you can air your views and have your say in the running of your club.
Cheers and safe boating,
Martin 18 June 12
Club ladder :
In order to encourage and accommodate those more social and non-league anglers in the club, we have started a club “ladder” competition, with the ultimate aim of creating a “Top Angler” for GBBAC. This club competition will run parallel to the Inshore West and Offshore leagues, and will also include the Inshore Classic, the Frankie Jacobs tournament and the “unders and overs” competition. Members may obtain more info from the tournament officers.
During our family day on 17 June, the juniors really got the Junior ladder going, the current standing for the juniors are posted under "ladder" page on this website. Well done to them all, it's great to see juniors participating and showing the dad's the way ! Only one of the ladies has thusfar scored on the ladies ladder, well done Tanya, who has 200 points - Ed.