Lucia Tararo winner of the Under 10 Years Heaviest Fish in the reef fishing event and sponsor Don Beer. PC: AUNTY NAN. 22112905
The first Don Beer Akatokamanava/Mauke Reef and Open Water fishing competition has seen the weighing in of good yellow fin tuna catches.
Don Beer, who opened his store ‘Trader Don’s’ on the
island two years ago always had the intention to run an annual fishing
Tere Daniel won the Open Water Heaviest Fish prize and
Tutere Moetaua took out the Reef Fishing Heaviest Fish award.
There had been some good catches on Mauke, said Beer.
“The fisherman go through the same issues like those
on Rarotonga - the fish catches are not
Lots of tuna up to 15 kilograms and wahoo up to 19kg have
been caught on Mauke and some fishermen have been supplying the Rarotonga
market with fresh fish, keeping their fish on ice for the plane ride making
good use of Mauke Fishing Club ice machine, said Beer.
Children had the opportunity to join in the Under 10
and 10 Years plus categories fishing within the reef, and bringing in fish fresh
for the table.
The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) Fisheries
Officer Tai George entered her children - daughter Poetiare (10yrs) and sons
Andrew (5yrs) and three-year-old Marcellino in the fishing tournament for the
first time, in the past, she had been too busy helping to run the competitions since
being an executive of the Mauke Fishing Club.
“The fishing event was so good, my kids really enjoyed
it, they are always keen to go on the reef fishing when the sea is calm,” said
She encouraged parents to teach their kids how to fish
when they are really young.
“Teach them when they are young, me mapu mai me kare
me anau tamariki aere kua kite i te tautai ei angai i to ratou ngutuare tangata,”
The two older children were happy to catch some fish,
however little Marcellino grew quite impatient, and feeling hungrier by the
hour he went home early, said George.
George’s family is well known in the fishing trade and
sometimes the kids follow their father trolling out on the ocean.
Akatokamanava Don Beer Fishing Competition results are as follows.
Water Heaviest Fish 1st Tere Daniel 12.04kg, 2nd Nooroa Tua 10.62kg, 3rd Tai Akarare 10.52kg;Heaviest
Aggregate 1st Tutaka Tararo and Daryl Ngaoire, 2nd Uke Urarii, Mikaela Eliaba
and Papa Orometua Pareta Ezekiela, 3rd Moana Boy Rakei and Moira George.