About Gamefish World Cup

Anton Viljoen

Anton Viljoen,  An avid outdoors sportsman since 10 years of age, growing up in South Africa in a family where wingshooting over dogs, hunting the Kalahari and a grandfather who instilled the love of fishing, eventually culminated in owning and operating sportfishing boats in South Africa and Florida. A competitor at heart, having attended a school where sports was viewed as an integral part of education. Anton operated his sportfish gameboat Mischief Too off the challenging Cape Point in South Africa fishing for giant yellowfin tuna and was also the first gameboat to travel to and be based in Bazaruto Mozambique, fishing in what is commonly accepted by such legends as Capt. Peter B Wright, as one of the top 3 places in the world for giant Black Marlin. Indeed this is where his boat Mischief Too caught, tagged and released what we called a 999 lb. Black marlin back in 2007. Anton and Neil successfully fished numerous billfish tournaments on the east coast of South Africa, including the Marlin Club of South Africa, Durban tournaments as well as the SADSAA Billfish tournaments in Richardsbay with many top 10 finishes, out of over 70 boats competing annually and culminating in being asked to represent South Africa in the World Offshore Championships in Costa Rica. Anton also has National Colours in Tournament Slalom skiing representing South Africa at numerous World Championships and has been the Manager of South African teams in World Championships in many countries including individual events such the US Masters and Australian Moomba Masters. He has competed actively in Sporting Clays shooting in a World Championships and Pan African Championships and was for many years the Chairman of Tournament Waterskiing in South Africa, hosting numerous successful pro-am tournaments where prizes were awarded to attend international events. He and his crew on Full Circle have fished Florida, everywhere in the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos as well as the Dominican Republic, are members of the Billfish Foundation and have two re-captured tagged marlin to date, one a Black Marlin of Madagascar and one a Blue off San Salvador. 

 

Neil McLellan

Neil McLellan, indeed introduced Anton to Big Game fishing, having himself at a very early age fished both competitively and eventually commercially for giant yellowfin tuna and longfin tuna off the treacherous waters of Cape Point South Africa. Neil was responsible for the running and operation of Mischief Too, a Riviera Sportfish Gameboat known for travelling the entire east coast of South Africa and Mozambique in search of not only large yellowfin, but chasing the five billfish species that swim the east African waters, being Blue, Black and Striped marlin as well as Spearfish and Swordfish. Neil became an expert in wiring large Blue and Black marlin often wiring and tagging them single handedly quite a feat when fish are over 500lbs. Neil has been a competitor since an early age make a name for himself as a cricketer both in Cape Town and the United Kingdom. Neil was selected as part of the Mischief Too gamefish team to represent South Africa at the World Offshore Championships after qualifying at the South Africa Deepsea Angling Association Billfish competition. Neil has National Colours as the Manager of the South African watersports team at the World Games in Colombia and has fished extensively in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Dominican Republic. At the end August Neil lay 2nd on the Atlantic Blue Marlin tagging tally with the Billfish Foundation