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Fish galore at yellowfin tuna event

Wednesday June 03, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Master fisherman Dick Marsters (left) with his aggregate catch of yellow fin tuna on Monday, with Queens representative Sir Tom Marsters, and young fishermen Tane Wichman and Lyan Mare. 20060202. Master fisherman Dick Marsters (left) with his aggregate catch of yellow fin tuna on Monday, with Queens representative Sir Tom Marsters, and young fishermen Tane Wichman and Lyan Mare. 20060202.

Master fisherman Dick Marsters reeled in a whopping aggregate of 266.1kg yellow fin tuna to win the Don Beer Memorial Fishing Tournament held over the long weekend.

“The fish were really biting on Monday, not like on Saturday and last week, when I only caught a few,” said Marsters.

Except for an albacore, all the fish Marsters landed were yellow fin tuna, 75.5kg on Saturday and 190.6kg on Monday.

Iro Mararoa won the heaviest yellow fin tuna category with his 28.2kg catch.

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Kirianu Nio placed second with a 17.5kg fish, with Steven (Moko) Kavana’s 17kg close behind.

Prize giving was held on Monday night with a great turnout of fishermen attending the Cook Islands Fishing Club’s first event for the year.

Don Beer Jnr spoke on behalf of his family who sponsored prizes and thanked his late father’s friends for attending the function.

Twenty-seven boats registered for the event. The results are as follows:

Heaviest aggregate: 1st Dick Marsters 266.1kg, boat 3 Sons; 2nd George Koteka 82.2kg (all wahoo), boat Akura; 3rd Ina Kaukura 74.4kg, boat Raumati. Heaviest yellow fin tuna: 1st Iro Maroroa 28.2kg, boat Rangiatea; 2nd Kirianu Nio 17.5kg, boat Manu Moana; 3rd Steven (Moko) Kavana 17kg, boat Hot Chilli Mae.

Meanwhile in Aitutaki 16 boats registered for the Amuri/Ureia Fishing Association “wahoo” competition over Queen’s birthday weekend.

Retire Puapii and Makea Peopeo Tereora won the first prize of $1000 sponsored by Aquilas, for landing the heaviest wahoo weighing 16kg.

Twenty women and 46 children also enrolled for their categories, with the overall weight of fish reaching 363kgs.

Puapii said the two communities also delivered fish for the vulnerable, cooked and shared meals and everyone received an award.

The results are: heaviest wahoo 16kg Nena (Retire and Makea); heaviest aggregate 123kg Aquila (Aquila, Marama, Davida); Heaviest deep-sea fish, tuna 26kg Aquila (Aquila, Marama, Davida). Mama’s section:1st Orapa Unu, 2nd Martha Mitchell, 3rd Ake Bligh. Kids Section: Nivar-Jean Rouru and Ben Kiria.

Correction: A photo caption on page 2 of Tuesday, June 2 edition was incorrect. It should have read: Winner of the Don Beer Snr Memorial Fishing Tournament Iro Maroroa is pictured with his daughter weighing in the 28.2kg fish.