The eyes of the world will be on the waters of Samoa in April 2012 when up to 140 of the world’s best anglers converge in its deep blue waters for the Samoa International Game Fishing Tournament.
Usually held on the first week of April, the tournament is becoming one of the most popular sport fishing events of the piscatorial year.
In November, a blue marlin weighing in at a staggering 511.5 lbs was caught off the waters of Samoa by the M/V Southern Destiny. This is a record breaking catch according to the Samoa Game Fishing Association who weighed the fish on a certified scale.
While that latest catch broke all other records in the country, reeling in catches of about 350 lbs are not uncommon in Samoa. Sheltered from big game or sports fishing vessels, the waters are teeming with marine life, and this part of the Pacific making it an angler’s marine playground.
The competition goes for the whole week and starts off with an early breakfast for the anglers before they set out to tackle the waters off Apia harbor.
The anglers then take off from Matautu before returning to weigh in their catch each day at Apia Marina. Daily prizes are awarded.
While the tournament is open to all, a special ladies tournament is held for part of the event.
The competition has traditionally attracted major vessels from within the region including Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa – all vying for the top angling fishing trophy.
“The Samoans have a special relationship with the sea. Their traditional values and Fa’a Samoa entails that they protect their ocean heritage and maintain its pristine state,” says Peter Sereno of Samoa Tourism Authority.
“The Tournament will be bigger in 2012 and we are expecting a record number of participants reeling in record breaking catches. We hope to see you all there to join in on the celebrations,” says Peter.
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