The Avana Fishing Club from Rarotonga ran the Queen’s Birthday contest, drawing a good turnout of enthusiastic participants from the three villages of Tamarua, Ivirua and Oneroa.
There were special categories for the mamas, papas and pepes, and excited kids took part in reef-fishing with their bamboo rods. They weighrf in their catches – mainly patuki.
The Ministry of Marine Fisheries officer on the island, Tua Matepi, was the official weighmaster of the competition with the help of assistants Wesley Kareroa and Taoi Nooroa.
The mamas and children also collected buckets of seafood delicacies such as ariri and ungako, after the ra’ui in the area was lifted just for the weekend.
Making the most of the fine weather, some women hitched up their tents and spent the entire weekend at Mangaia Harbour, sleeping under the stars.
Unfortunately the weather changed drastically on the Monday with only a few kids venturing out.
Six boats and two canoes registered for the event. The $500 prize for heaviest fish went to a 21kg Wahoo caught by Rongo Tuaine and Norm Tuaine.