Peia Patai winner of the 2021 Gordon Murray memorial fishing tournament with his son and the 64.9kg yellowfin tuna. 21022213.
Peia Patai won the 2021 Gordon Murray Memorial Fishing Tournament with a 64.9 kilogram yellowfin tuna, taking home $1000 cash and a trophy sponsored by the Murray family, on Saturday night.
fisherman and captain of the country’s vaka, Marumaru Atua, Patai hooked the
tuna using an island lure out from Ngatangiia. It took him 20 minutes to reel
in the impressive fish.
three and landed one, so it wasn’t a good day,” he said that afternoon, hoping
his fish will stay in the lead - which it did.
It was well
worth the wait for Jason Tuara and Joachim Tau who were the last to weigh-in
collected the heaviest aggregate prize with three large tuna, 13 mahimahi
weighing an average of 14kg each and a wahoo.
fishermen who weighed in revealed that the big sized yellowfin tunas were out
in the Ngatangiia and Tikioki area. Those who ventured to the western side of
the island were lucky to return with a fish, many returned to shore with “poro”
– zero fish.
Joachim Tau (left) and Jason Tuara, winners of the heaviest aggregate - 346.2kg – in the 2021 Gordon Murray memorial fishing tournament. 21022216.
boats registered for the event, 40 fish were weighed, amassing 898.2kg.
species weighed in on the day were: mahimahi - 18, yellowfin tuna - 15,
skipjack –five and wahoo – two.
fishing event was sponsored by the late Gordon Murray’s family and Vonnia’s in
association with the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club. It was the first event for
Gordon and Jennifer Murray’s children Tim Murray, Peia Patai (2021 winner), Yvonne Heather and Jane Wichman at the prize giving event held on Saturday. 21022217.
Jennifer Murray’s children Yvonne, Jane and Tim were present to give out the
prizes; two grandsons Kerry Murray and Gordon Heather also participated in the
are as follows: Heaviest fish Peia Patai - yellowfin tuna 64.9kg, 2nd Mara
Tairi - yellowfin tuna 61.6kg, 3rd Paku Poila - yellowfin tuna 57.7kg.
Heaviest aggregate: Jason Tuara - 346.2kg, 2nd Gordon Heather - 136.2kg, 3rd Iro Maroroa - 53.3kg.
Eugene Kaina (left) and Paku Poila with their 57.7kg yellowfin tuna that placed third in the heaviest fish category. 21022215.