by Mark Cockcroft
HE 38th edition of the Southern Gauteng Deep Sea Angling Interclub was held at St Lucia in Northern KZN from 5 to 9 March 2018. This annual competition is all about friendships and camaraderie fostered over the years between the six SGDSAA clubs, but ultimately it all boils down to the bragging rights bestowed on the club that wins the coveted Rosebowl trophy. This year Nomads Game Fishing Club, celebrating its golden jubilee, elected St Lucia as the venue and, in collaboration with St Lucia Ski-Boat Club, hosted a safe and exciting competition that included four days of hard but rewarding fishing. Competitions of this nature do not simply happen, so at the outset I would like to thank iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Ezemvelo-KZN Wildlife for granting us permission to host the tournament in their jurisdiction. Thank you also to the Nomads committee for organising another great competition, in particular Tyron Gruar the tournament director and of course our sponsors. There are many individuals who contributed, but I would like to single out our headline sponsors Land Rover East Rand, Hollard Insurance and Rowlin Insurance Brokers for their generous contributions to the competition and the sport as a whole. The decision to host the Rosebowl at St Lucia was hatched by a number of Nomads members who had fished various competitions at St Lucia during the 2017 season. They were most impressed by the organisation of the club and its well-run clubhouse and beach control. Needless to say we were not disappointed. From Oom Piet on the beach to the ladies at the bar, big competitions seem like second nature to Johan Engelbrecht, Johan Lange and the St Lucia committee.
Right: Trevor Mosley was very happy with his â€˜cuda and yellowfin tuna. SKI-BOAT May/June 2018 â€˘ 53