This contest was once again sponsored by the Cook Islands Fishing Association, which contributed half the prize pool of $2000.
For the first time the club offered a bonus prize of $1000 for any angler weighing in a fish which met a minimum weight of 50 kg for wahoo, 70 kg for yellow fin tuna, 300 kg for a marlin and 28 kg for a maimai.
This bonus prize generated quite a lot of interest amongst our members and will continue to be offered each comp until someone manages to land the big one.
Fishing conditions on Saturday were excellent with only a slight sout-easterly swell. Of the 20 boats registered, 10 boats caught fish that were heavier enough to meet the club’s minimum weight of 3 kg. A further three boats caught a number of small tuna and skip jacks weighing around 2 to 2.5 kg.
A total of 31 fish with a combined weight of 355.6 kg was landed by the 10 boats. Yellow fin tuna were once again the dominant species with 20 weighed, followed by maimai 7, and wahoo just 3.
After prizegiving, fishermen, members and visitors all enjoyed a wonderful variety of kai prepared by the club’s galley slaves. This included raw fish and sashimi along with a barbecue, salads etc.
There was a close contest for the heaviest fish with only 0.1 kg separating Pupuke Robati’s yellow fin from Teariki Buckley Jnr’s maimai. The weighmaster had to double check the scales to ensure the weights were correct
Heaviest: Mahina (Pupuke Robati), 16.2 kg yellow fin 1, Tamahine (Teariki Buckley Jn), 16.1 kg maimai 2, Manakia (Paku Poila), 14.4 kg yellow fin and Mahina (Pupuki Robati), 14.4 kg yellow fin 3=.
Aggregate Weight: Trader Don – Don Beer, 58.8 kg, 1. Manakia – Paku Poila, 52.1 kg, 2. Tamahine – Teariki Buckley Jrn, 37.0 kg, 3.
The next competition will be a two-day event to be held on the weekend of November 17 and 18. The club will be hosting a group of around 10 visiting New Zealand anglers who will be entering this new competition for the first time.
It also hoped that the competition and an auction following the prize giving on Saturday will generate funds for the Puaikura Fire Brigade