Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Annual Events: SSFC Seychelles National Fishing Tournament 2014

12 boats, 5 tonnes of fish, a huge success!

The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) hosted the annual Seychelles National Fishing Tournament over the past weekend. The event has been heralded as a huge success by the organisers, participants and their sponsors. 

12 teams set out from Marine Charter on Friday afternoon for 24 hours of trolling and bottom fishing as they battled it out to take home this year’s trophy. Returning on Saturday afternoon and greeted by a large crowd which had gathered to welcome the home, the boats offloaded their impressive haul – over 5 tonnes of fish. 

All the fish caught on the day was purchased by Oceana Fisheries, and SSFC will donate the proceeds to charity. 

The fishermen, family and friends, as well as the event’s organisers and sponsors gathered Chez Baptista for the prize giving ceremony, which included a creole buffet lunch and live entertainment. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Tarak Patel, Chairman of SSFC, heralded the event as a huge success and thanked the participants as well as the sponsors for their continued support, without which the event could not have been possible. 

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St. Ange, took the opportunity to congratulate everyone involved for such a success. Minister St. Ange also assured those present that he will endeavour for closer cooperation between his Ministry and the SSFC, to work together to raise the profile of Sport Fishing in the country. 

This year’s event was one by Team Island Star (54 points), with Team Marlin fishing on Paola coming in a very close second with 53 points. Team Island Star made history by winning this tournament for the third consecutive year. Their prize included a Gopro camera sponsored by Kid Stuff, various fishing equipment as well as the coveted gold marlin pendant designed and sponsored by Jouel. 

The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the event’s main sponsor, Seychelles Breweries Ltd., as well as all the other sponsors that have played a pivotal role in the success of this year’s Seychelles National Fishing Tournament, and look forward to their continued support. 

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