by Charlina Tone
The Black Pearl team has been named champions of the 2011 Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament.
During the week-long competition, the team of five reeled in one masimasi and tagged and released three marlin.
Team member and Director of Westpac Bank Samoa, Craig Townsend says the tournament was fantastic and it was happy fishing for everybody who took part.
“Events such as this have a very positive impact on the tourism industry of Samoa especially with teams from other countries taking part,” says Mr Townsend.
He credits Black Pearl’s success to skipper Roy Lee.
“He is Samoa’s leading local skipper and his knowledge of the waters was a huge advantage for us.”
The other members of the team were Darren Moore, Craig Ingram and deckhand Fred.
Twenty-one boats took part in this year’s tournament with teams from New Zealand and American Samoa.
The tournament was blessed with sunny days, light winds, with low swells and while the fishing wasn't as “hot” as 2011, some tremendous catches were recorded.
Second place went to the crew on-board Lady Caroline, (April winners of the monthly tournament) and third place was won by the Tsunami team.
Samoa took out the Overall Country Winner award with New Zealand coming in at a close second and American Samoa trailing not too far behind.
This year is the 15th year the competition has been held.
SOURCE: Samoa Observer