Humpback wrasse helps land top fishing prize

Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Other Sports

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Humpback wrasse helps land top fishing prize
Pictured are Marama Tuatoru (left) and Jojo Maihia with the 24kg humpback wrasse that won them the long bottom fishing (tuku tuku) competition over the weekend. PC: Apii Napa/20101902.

The Tauhunu Fishing Club on the island of Manhiki held its first Long Bottom Fishing (Tuku Tuku) Tournament for the year, over the weekend.

The heaviest first placed fish was a humpback wrasse (like a parrot fish) that weighed 24 kilogrammes. The fish was caught by the team of Marama Tuatoru and Jojo Maihia (pictured).

Yellow fin tuna placed second and third – Ngateina George placed second with a 16kg yellow fin tuna and Tai Teama with a 14kg yellow fin.

There were 14 registered boat entries. Three women participated with the 30 men who took took part in the event.

President of the Tauhunu Fishing Club Mayor Matangaro was happy with the “great response” to the competition.

Apii Tukao’s Apii Napa says the criteria was strictly long bottom fishing adding seeing women and children join in was wonderful for the opening fishing contest of the year.

The community and members appreciate the valuable sponsorship from the Cook Islands Fishing Association. There were cash prizes and 10 litres of fuel per boat, as well as mobile top up vouchers from Vodafone Cook Islands.