ALBERT FALLS BASS CLASSIC
Boat Show - Johannesburg
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2018 Billfish 15000 - SODWANA
Club Marine-sponsored Mark de la Hey starting fishing with his dad at about four-years-old. The family used to camp at Cape Vidal for three months a year – the ideal place to hone his angling skills.
If he wasn’t fishing off the beach or the rocks, Mark would be out at sea on their 17ft Yeld Cat – and later, he and his friends started catching fish off their surfskis. At around 20, he got one of the first Stealth Superlite fishing skis. The heaviest fish he’s ever caught on a paddleski was earlier this year – a 37.5kg Amberjack.
Over the last 12 years, Mark has filmed and presented over 500 angling shows on TV – on ESA, Reel Angling and now on FreeSpool, the popular fishing programme on the SuperSport channel. When in SA, he uses Yamaha’s SeaCat range of boats, to cover Travel and Lifestyle educational shows for the fishing industry.
“I have been so well supported by Club Marine over many years – they’ve covered my boats, tackle, paddleski, vehicle and more. They’ve always got my back.” He said.
South African competitive waterskier Travis Fisher, started skiing at just four years old.
He made his way up the junior ranks and into the open division, winning numerous provincial and national titles along the way.
Specializing in the slalom discipline, the Durban-based skier represented South Africa and competed at the 2011 and 2012 European and African Championships, as well as the Under 21 World Water Ski Championships.
Not only has Travis competed in the sport of waterskiing, but he has contributed immensely to the growth of the sport.
In 2010, he started the Mini League programme in KZN, which has proved highly successful and increased the number of competitors both locally and nationally.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, he spent many months in the USA, coaching and training people on how to waterski effectively.
Travis continues to compete today and coaches local skiers in his free time. He also serves on the Waterski Committee in an advisory role.
Avid Gamefish angler (and Enduro Racer), Stefan started bottom fishing at 8-years-old and by 16 had bought his first Skivee boat. His love of the sport took him to Australia where he chased Gamefish for 11 years and became a member of the “Grander Club” – with his 1120lb Marlin caught in the Lizzard Black Marlin competition.
In 2015, Stefan caught another monster Marlin, of just under 1100lbs, at the Mapelane Billfish competition.
Since moving to Umhlanga 2.5 years ago, he’s joined Umhlanga and Durban Skiboat clubs – and he fishes with Abrie Botha and Navigate’s Russell Duvenhage. Each year they fish all the Durban competitions, the Billfish 15000 and the Guinjata Bonanza – which he and his team at the time (including Lyn Adams), won in 2012.
He says, “Club Marine Insurance really understands the needs of boaters – as they are boating people themselves. When you claim you don’t have to try and prove yourself or answer a million questions about your boat – they know their business!”
Protea Bass Angler Shandon Hawman, started competitive angling for East Rand Bass Masters aged 16. Two years later he got his Southern Gauteng provincial colours and in 1998 was awarded Protea Colours. He’s fished for South Africa’s premier team 10 times, captaining the side in 2010 against Zimbabwe and in the Zone 6 Internationals in Swaziland. Shandon has also fished in the Presidents Team seven times. Apart from his regular job – he runs Bass Boats SA – an online business selling Viper S, Ruffnek boats and accessories, Mercury motors, Lowrance products and more.
Shandon, who skippers for Northerns Division, is also helping his son Slade (13) through the ranks – who hopes to achieve Junior Protea colours in the coming season.
He says, “Club Marine has given me excellent service for the last 10 years- they’re on point with claims and keep me up-to-date with my insurance and other boating industry news. The staff are so friendly and helpful!”
SABAA Southern Division Bass angler Pierre Theron, started competitive fishing in 2010 at the age of 24 and a year later he won his first competition in the Gauteng Cast for Cash series.
After moving over to the Mpumalanga series (to fish different dams) he ended in 2nd place for season. He was awarded Provincial colours (Central and Southern Gauteng) for the first time last year – taking 2nd place overall.
Pierre, who builds Raptor Bass Boats, is also the owner The Bass Boat Co – importing niche fishing gear.
Pierre says, “Club Marine has had my back for as long as I can remember – over years and years of business they have become part of the furniture!”
Saltwater Provincial angler Byron Kane is well-known as both a deep sea skiboat and jetski fisherman.
Byron started competitive fishing in 2000. He’s captained the Natal team for Game, Bottom and Tuna fishing and placed 1st on many occasions. In 2009 his interest turned to jetski fishing where his success has continued – taking top spot at the Guinjata, Racetech and Durban Jetski competitions.
Byron runs Game and Bottom fishing clinics and writes articles on fishing techniques and jetski fishing for several to SA Boating magazines.
Byron says, “Club Marine offers professional cover that keeps you on the water – doing what you love best.”
Craig’s been selected for 19 x Protea Bass fishing Cap’s – either as captain and/or managing both the Senior and Junior Protea Teams, both locally and abroad.
Over the past 17 years he’s been elected to serve on SABAA Executive Committees, and he is currently South African Bass Angling Association President.
Craig says, “With Club Marine you get excellent service and advice at very competitive premiums. I have found myself in the unfortunate position of having to submit a claim, this is when you see the true colours of your insurer. My claim was painless to submit and I was impressed with the efficiency that the claim was dealt with.”
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