Game fishing attracting young anglers

By Bethel Peato Ale 23 October 2021, 8:39PM

Twenty-one junior anglers battled it out at the final round of the "Fish 2 the Max" on Saturday with the competitors using 11 boats skippered by their fathers.

Around 90 kilograms of fish were weighed during the competition with a few whoppers also caught by the young anglers. Nine fish were released back into the ocean to live another day. 

One of the organisers of the TROPPO "Fish 2 the Max" tournament, Greg Hopping said that the event was a success this year.

"The vibe was just amazing out there as our mighty young anglers celebrated the sport of game fishing with their parents and  families," he said.

"I applaud all of the 11 anglers in this years Junior 'Fish 2 the Max' tournament for making this event fun and exciting, your participation has ensured the growth of game fishing here on island.

"I think the sport is well and truly growing here in Samoa with the young ones certainly keen on trying out the sport. 

"But I'm really stoked about this year's tournament and I can't wait for next year's competition."

The organisers of the tournament encourage everyone to go down to their clubhouse to enjoy the view of the harbor, while discussing fishy stories with their members, and perhaps even get a ride on one of the SIGFA boats during their monthly "Fish to the Max" and "Junior Fish to the Max" Tournaments. 

Mr Hopping then acknowledged the continued support The Wetzell Family and The Foundation of Samoa - Apia Concrete Products, The Samoa Beverage Company through Taula Beverages and Taxi, The Samoa Tourism Authority, The Pacific Forum Line, Our Business Community and the Friends of SIGFA as without your Love and support this amazing event cannot come to fruition- Skippers & anglers.

One of the competitors said he normally plays rugby because everyone he grew up with played the game but when he was introduced to game fishing last year he got hooked.

"I love fishing because it allows you to interact with the ocean and nature. It also encourages care for the sea because it has sustained Samoa and its people," he said.

By Bethel Peato Ale 23 October 2021, 8:39PM
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