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Thursday 17 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Fishing, Sports

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Tairi reels in 58.2kg yellowfin tuna to win annual fishing comp
Marah Tairi landed the heaviest fish, a yellowfin tuna weighing 58.2kg, in Saturday’s fishing competition. Picture: JULIE TANGIMETUA-KARIKA/22111406

An impressive haul of yellowfin tuna dominated the species of fish weighed in at the CITC Liquor and Woodstock Fishing Competition held over the weekend.

The annual competition on Saturday was held in collaboration with the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club.

Marah Tairi hauled in the heaviest fish of the day – a yellowfin tuna weighing in at 58.2 kilogram.

Weighmaster of the club, Julie Tangimetua-Karika was pleasantly surprised at the number of large sized yellowfin tuna – more than 30 – weighed in.

“It was an awesome day for fishing, I was shocked to see the amount of yellowfin coming in, they were huge … a good day of fishing,” said Tangimetua-Karika.

Akura Fishing Charters’ Boof Mare took out the first prize in the marlin section with an 81kg blue marlin which he landed just 20 minutes into the trip.

Matavera fishermen took out the top three catches of fish in the heaviest aggregate category including Iro Maroroa’s total catch of 108.5kg which had nine yellowfin tuna.

Marah Tairi landed the heaviest fish, a yellowfin tuna weighing 58.2kg, in Saturday’s fishing competition. Picture: JULIE TANGIMETUA-KARIKA/22111406
Marah Tairi landed the heaviest fish, a yellowfin tuna weighing 58.2kg, in Saturday’s fishing competition. Picture: JULIE TANGIMETUA-KARIKA/22111406

Locally, yellowfin tuna is popularly eaten raw in sashimi or the local “ika mata” dish. This tuna species can be cooked any way you like – pan fried, barbequed, smoked, deep fried in batter, baked in the oven or boiled in a pot with coconut cream and herbs.

The next fishing competition will be held on Saturday, November 26 before the final event of the year scheduled for December 3.

The CITC Liquor and Woodstock Fishing competition results are as follows. Heaviest Fish category: 1st Marah Tairi, boat Mariu - Yellowfin tuna 58.2kg; 2nd Alfred Story, boat Vahine Koka - Yellowfin tuna 41.4kg; 3rd Nga Katuke, boat Jnr Boy - Mahimahi 19.5kg.

Aggregate Prize Category:1st 1st Iro Maroroa, boat Rangiatea - total catch 108.5kg (9 x Yellowfin tuna); 2nd Clinton Charlie, boat Upokoina Ina - total catch 95.0kg (8 x Yellowfin tuna); 3rd Peia Patai, boat Fetia Moana - total catch 54.20kg (5 x Yellowfin tuna).

Marlin Section: 1st Boof Mare, boat Akura - 81.1kg Blue Marlin; Sponsors Mystery Weight ‘4.2kg’ winner Steve Happ, boat Papa Steve - 4.1kg Yellowfin Tuna.

Sponsors Lucky Boat Draws: Papa Ina - Raumati, Tangi Akama - Lady Simeki, Tioni William - Velani, Royle Teiti-Henry - Ikurangi, Tutai William - Yewolea.

Lucky Boat Draws: Willie Kauvai - Krystina, Tepaki and Kent Baxter - Magken, Papa Dick Marsters - Ann Tearoa, Ngu Marsters - Angera, Apii William - Hurihuri Ata, J Marsters - Lady Aka, Mahuta Adamu - 3 Sons, Manakia II - Poe Poila, Rangi Winchester - Te Hauroto,  Macka - Mis Kat, Kerry Murray - Kotaa, Jojo Andyana - Mama Matapakia.