Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Proud Young Home Boy

Francois Jansen van Rensburg with his Black Marlin
He is only seven years old, but angler Francois Jansen van Rensburg showed that he is more than a match for many adults. The Richards Bay boykie landed a 82kg Black Marlin off the boat ‘Trinity’, skippered by his father Frans. Straining with every muscle on his wiry little frame and rejecting any offers of help, he hauled in the fish after a 45 minute deep sea fight off the lighthouse, north of the harbour. His catch is just one of many recorded over the past weeks, with virtually every ski-boat reporting at least one gamefish catch. The reputation of Richards Bay as a marlin mecca continues to grow and with a few highly successful national and international deep sea angling events behind us, the City of uMhlathuze is well positioned to attract angling tourists on a large scale.