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Kingfish caught being displayed during the PCYC Charity Fishing Competition held over the Easter weekend.
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PCYC charity Easter fishing competition ends on a high note

BY ALFRED PAGEPITU

The Point Cruz Yacht Club Easter fishing competition was successfully held over the weekend, with proceeds heading for the national referral hospital’s (NRH) covid-19 response.

More than 200 qualifying fish weighing a total of 723kg were caught.

Billy Emmet, skipper of the boat ‘Milani’ brought home the prized catch of the day with a two-metre-plus Sailfish weighing a whopping 34.6kg.

From left, Billy Emmet of the Milani, being awarded a prize for the heaviest Reef fish (5.9kg) during the easter fishing competition.

Fishing started at 3pm on Friday, April 2 in the afternoon; all lines had to be out of the water by 3pm Sunday.

A total of 13 boats registered for the competition with both club members and non-members all participating. 

Sharing the turnout of the day with Island Sun, Mr Mark Johnston said “Over the 2-day competition 225 qualifying fish weighing a total of 723kg were caught.

“The prize catch of the competition was a 34.6kg Sailfish caught by Billy Emmet the skipper of the Boat Milani which also won the heaviest fish of the competition.

Fishermen weighing their catch upon arrival at the PCYC competition over the weekend

He said Milani was the champion boat catching the most fish with a total of 163kg of fish during the competition.

“Milani also took out the prize for the most different species caught catching 15 different types of fish.

“Billy Emmet took out the best male angler award catching 55.9kg of fish and Jan on Red Kokosu took out the best female angler award catching 15.6kg of fish.

Billy Emmet the skipper of the Boat “Milani” with other participants. The crew won the heaviest fish of the competition during prize presentations over the weekend

“Other prizes awarded were for the biggest kingfish (13.3kg) was caught by John Matangi on Milani, the biggest snapper (7.7kg) caught by Charles Siosi on the boat Nata, the biggest Barracuda (6.9kg) by Nicky Ausia on Milani, the heaviest Dog tooth Tuna (5.9kg) by Mathias Sake on Nata, the heaviest Travelly (4.6kg) by Joshua on Red Kokosu, the heaviest Wahoo (7.7kg)  by Billy Emmet on Milani, the heaviest Reef fish (5.9kg) by Clement Lagelage on Kulikau and the biggest shark (30.3kg) was caught by Hollings on Beeracuda.

He said the most rare catch was awarded to Clement Balea on Red Kokosu for catching a 3.3kg Remora fish.  The boats, Black Orchid and SOS were awarded hard luck awards for coming back with no fish weighing over 1kg.

“The PCYC fishing competition organisers thank all of the sponsors for their support to make this Easter competition a success particularly as we are still currently in a state of public emergency, we really appreciate the support.

“Partial proceeds from this competition are going to be donated to the NRF COVID-19 response and as we are now in the build up to the major competition in June.

“PCYC Annual June Fishing Competition 2021” *Naming rights for this competition remain available as at 7/04/2021.

“We welcome any business or group whom which would like to participate as a sponsor and or take part in the organising of the competition, they welcome to contact club executives for further information. Donations accepted are both in cash and kind.”

The major sponsors of the competition were South Pacific Oil & Our Telekom – Other sponsors included, TJ Holdings, Iu Mi Kaban, the Teama Family, Origin Energy, Tongs, DH Construction, Cruz Communications, AB Earth Moving, The island Sun Newspaper.


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