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Hook set for anglers

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, January 20, 2014

THE stage is set for the Tuna Levu Classic in Nadi this weekend.

Organised by the Denarau Game and Sport Fishing Club, the two-day event is expected to attract top anglers from around the country.

The main prize categories for the competition are top male angler, male angler runner-up, top female angler, female angler runner-up, top junior angler and junior angler runner-up.

More than $4000 in prizemoney will be at stake.

The minimum weight for the fish species caught are: Striped Marlin (80kg-tag and release recommended), Blue Marlin (80kg-tag and release recommended), Black Marlin (80kg-tag and release recommended), Sailfish (30kg-tag and release recommended), Short Billed Spearfish (10kg-tag and release recommended), Skip Jack Tuna (6kg), Mackerel Tuna (6kg), Mahi-mahi (6kg), Walu (8kg), Wahoo (10kg), Ogo/Barracuda (10kg).

Denarau Game and Sport Fishing Club secretary Jared Wood said each team needed to register a minimum of two anglers.

Wood said only team members would be allowed to fish from the boat during the tournament.

"Non-anglers may ride along on the boat for the day but are not permitted to touch a rod," he said.

"The International Game Fish Association rules will apply. No team is permitted to fish or have baits in the water before 7am. Fishing should stop at 4pm on each afternoon."

Penalties will apply to fish caught below the minimum weight. Landed Marlin below 80kg will incur a penalty of 300 points. Landed sailfish below 30kg will incur a penalty of 150 points while landed spearfish below 10kg will incur a penalty of 100 points.

Points will be awarded as follows: 37kg line — one point per kg, 24kg line — two points per kg, 15kg line — three points per kg and 10kg line — four points per kg.

Registration for the tournament will be held at Cardo's Restaurant at Port Denarau from 6pm on January 23.

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