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!”