| I took a drive up to East London on Friday with Brad Hymen armed with his new camera ready to take some picks of the comp for the next day.
We arrived in East London at around just after 5pm at Nobby's Bait Shop Quality baits had a quick Carling and made plans to meet up with Chief chop and the gang to discuss the next move for the Border league. We stopped of at Theo's TJ tackle to pick up a few last minute toys. Can't resist going past a tackle shop in another town just to make sure you not missing out on something new. I picked up a few Daiichis and some red bait floats for the Blue fish (Hotties) as we know them in PE. I must be honest the predictions for the week end were looking grim and I wasn’t expecting much in the way of big fish or many fish for that matter.
After a quick chat with Theo we picked up a few more beers and a chop at the local spar and made our way to the braai. It’s the first time I’ve had a Melk tert 6 tins of condensed milk mixed with a bottle of Vodka not bad for a bunch of hillbilly’s probably still cheaper to buy a bottle of Amarulla but I must say a good welcome to East London and a night I won't forget in a long time. This is what it’s all about chop, dop and some good Bu*&%%$#t and one or too fish along the way. The EL boys are a good bunch and they not too bad with a rod and some bait either.
Registration started at 5:00am at the Sunrise on sea hall with a keen bunch of guys. The wind started early and as the sun came up I was ready to get back into bed. The sea was on its head and to make it worse it was chocolate brown with the rivers in flood. I wasn’t feeling too optimistic at the time but I had driven the distance so I was going to make a throw come hell or high water.
I decided to test the new Fin-Nor 13.7ft three piece 4 to 5 oz and put it through its paces. Its recommended sinker is a 4 to5 oz and I must say it handles a 6oz like a champ. I was so impressed with this rod I used it both for scratching and later in the afternoon dropped a mackerel head out of site and once again it handled like a dream. I would definitely be using it in the future and for anyone looking for a good all round rod they must be one of the best value for money rods on the market. It just goes to show even the tackle that was perceived to be the cheap and cheerful is starting to catch up to the really expensive brand names. There isn’t much in it now days and the margin in quality is getting smaller.
as I expected not much came out a new RASSPL Silver Cracker record was broken by Derek Nicholson of 5.3 kgs and the biggest shark was a spotty of 17.8kgs and a Kob of 2.6kg was landed by Luke Gurnetzky a Hottie or JB of 1.1kgs by Quinton Fick. Lance Parker landed a nice 1.1kg Blacktail. The rest was a bunch of rats and mice a total of 44 anglers caught 85 fish and 32kgs in total. I would just like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors for all the prizes and a sad farewell to Nigel who has helped me build this competition to what it is today. Nigel is going to be focusing on his web design and Kayak business.
I will be making an announcement as to the new franchise owners that will be taking over in the next few weeks. I would like to thank Nigel and Michelle for all the hard work they have put in to RASSPL over the last year and wish him well on his future ventures.
Please send me any photos of fish that were caught over the week end so I can load them on the site. Well done to all the winner and tight lines till the next comp
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