Prize winners at the CIGFC Bond Store fishing competition. Picture: JULIE TANGIMETUA-KARIKA/22113001.
Twenty-seven boats registered for the final Cook Islands Game Fishing Club tournament of the year over the weekend.
Master fisherman Papa Dick Marsters proved he still
has what it takes to land monster catches after claiming the heaviest fish
category title at the annual Bond Store Lion Red Group Fishing Competition
which was held on Saturday.
Marsters reeled in a decent sized yellowfin tuna
weighing in at 43.5 kilogram on his trusty boat “3 Sons” to win the heaviest
Landing a decent sized haul of 83.2kg, young Gavin
Henderson went home with the heaviest aggregate title.
The competition also saw two blue marlins weighed in
by skipper Tangi Akama.
The organisers and participants hailed the Game
Fishing Club’s reliable and hardworking weighmaster, Julie Tangimetua-Karika for
weighing, noting and photographing the fish caught during the day and at the
other competitions this year.
“It’s been really great being part of the fishing
competitions, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience and seeing some amazing
catches weighed in,” said Tangimetua-Karika.
The organisers also acknowledged the loyal and
hardworking fishermen who took part in the tournaments this year despite the high
The president of the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club,
Apii William, members and staff would like to wish all the skippers, anglers
and everyone all the best for the upcoming festive season and “to keep safe on
the roads, be kind and stay blessed”.
The Game Fishing Club members’ only Christmas Party
will be held on December 17th.
The Bond Store Lion Red Group Fishing Competition results
are as follows.
Heaviest Fish: 1st Papa Dick Marsters ‘3 Sons’ yellowfin tuna 43.5kg, 2nd Tioni
William ‘Veiani’ yellowfin tuna 31.9kg, 3rd Poe Poila ‘Manakia II’
Heaviest Aggregate: 1st Gavin Henderson ‘Extreme’
total 83.2kg, 2nd Soko ‘Morava’ total 78.9kg, 3rd Tepaki and
Kent Baxter ‘Magken’ total 58.9kg.
Marlin category: 1st Tangi Akama ‘Lady Simeki”
Blue Marlin 253kg, 2nd Tangi Akama ‘Lady Simeki’ Blue Marlin 96.5kg.
Sponsors Mystery Weight of 19.0kg was claimed by Poe
Poila on Manakia II with a Mahimahi weighing in at 18.0kg.