Wahoo Winter Gamefish Competition

28kg wahooThe 21st Wahoo Winter Gamefish Competition was held on the weekend 12/13 may 2001. The competition, organised by the wahoo diving club, was first held in 1978. It ran until 1987 and was re-started in 1991. This year there were 114 entries which makes it the biggest spearfishing competition in south africa. It is held at Cape Vidal and is a gamefish only competition. Common gamefish shot are king mackeral, queen mackeral, wahoo, kaakap, kingfish and sailfish.

This year a 28kg wahoo took the honours. In 91 and 92 sailfish won the competition but a big king mackeral of 15kg or more can put you in with a chance. The comp is held on the saterday with most divers travelling up on the friday to spend the night in the nature conservation camp site.

With free beer included in the entry fee of R250, which includes all meals for the weekend, it is a pretty festive event. Most of the diving takes place at levin point which is 20km north of the vidal camp site and borders on the sanctuary area. There are also some deep diving spots off the greens and king oscar where some big kaakap can be shot. Most divers organise a boat ride, but there are still quite a few guys who drive up the beach to leven point and shore dive. The 1993 comp was won by a shore diver who landed a 16.5kg king mackeral. Cape Vidal is named after captain Vidal of the SS Levin. Just as a matter of interest, the camp site charges in august 90 at vidal were R10 a night plus gst of 12%.