Last week, the sixth annual Racetech Yamaha Jet Ski Fishing Classic took place once again in the sleepy town of Ponta do Ouro, Southern Mozambique, just north of the South African border. Attracting 132 anglers last year, and dozens more this year, it is “the biggest event of its kind in the world,” according to a report by East Coast Radio.
As per the article, “last year’s winner, Pieter Steenkamp, as well as inaugural champ and consistent top finisher, Clive Murphy, [were] notably absent this year due to work and other commitments. However, the field [was] still extremely strong with many other top jet ski anglers attending.”
The sport of jet ski fishing (ie. “jetangling”) has reached new heights outside of the United States, with dedicated websites, forums, YouTube channels, semi-annual contests (such as the Racetech Yamaha Jet Ski Fishing Classic), and even its own TV show in New Zealand. Applying the ease of use and mobility of a personal watercraft in competitive sport fishing has given the purchase of a PWC a whole new angle.
For last week’s Classic, the event was a catch, photo and release event, meaning that the impact on the fish species was very minimal. The points were evaluated by identifying the species and a weight multiplier system. Final results will be posted soon enough at both the Racetech Yamaha and Go Fish Facebook pages. Until then, enjoy this cool video from last year’s event below: