The BLG Logistics Tuna Classic made a spectacular start to what turned out to be a slow day of fishing during one of the country's premier angling events.
The three-day tournament, which was launched from Shark Rock Pier on the Port Elizabeth beachfront early yesterday, saw a flotilla of 41 boats and 195 anglers head off to the continental shelf, about 80km south of Cape Recife.
Hosted at the Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club, the event traditionally sees the tuna caught donated to charity and the anglers competing for substantial prizes, which this year not only include a double cab bakkie, but cash prizes of R100000 and R50000.
Tournament director Richard Donaldson said the first day did not produce any tuna large enough to be weighed in, but the conditions were conducive to a good day's fishing today.
Potentially bad weather has been forecast for the last day of the event tomorrow.