JBay Winterfest
Black ray caught during JBay Skins Competition

The JBay Skins1500 Fishing competition was another successful event that took place during the JBay Winterfest, which concluded the past weekend.

Kabeljous Beach, the venue of the JBay Skins. Photo: Robbie Irlam

Kabeljous Beach, the venue of the JBay Skins. Photo: Robbie Irlam

The Saturday morning of the competition dawned with light northwesterly winds which turned southwest and became stronger.

Despite the unfavourable conditions, many anglers showed up along the beach from the rocks left of the main beach, to The Gap at Kabeljous Estuary.

The clear water, out-going tide and windy conditions had everyone expecting slow pickings. Most anglers lightened their tackle and went smaller on their baits, targeting small edibles.

Just 30 minutes into the competition Lional Mc Carthy McDougall with lighter tackle. hooked into a 70 kg black ray that kept him busy for close on two hours. He also hooked another black ray of 64 kg. Both rays were released back into the ocean.

The black ray caught during the JBay Skins. Photo: Robbie Irlam

The blacy ray caught during the JBay Skins. Photo: Robbie Irlam

The event was once again run as a skins event, with R1500 for the biggest fish, for every hour. Other species caught included, steenbras, cob, mussel cracker and black tail.

The heaviest edible leervis of 5.5 kg was caught by Jasper Strydom while Chris Gouws caught the biggest blacktail of 1.7 kg.

What kept the Skins competition really interesting was that the smallest fish to win a skin was a blacktail of 1.1 kg.

It was all about catching the right fish at the right time.

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