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Power Cat tops game fishing

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MIKE Schmidt and his Power Cat team took out top honours in the annual Fiji Islands Tuna Classic Fishing Tournament held at Denarau over the weekend.

Schmidt, who was named the best angler, also helped his team to win the big boat competition and the heaviest marlin award.

The major attraction at the weigh-in was the size of a massive blue marlin caught by Team Power Cat which hit the scale at 216.4kg.

Schmidt said the catch was one of the biggest he made during his 10-year game fishing experience.

He said the marlin, which was caught off Tavarua Island on Sunday, could not be revived despite attempts to tag and release the marlin back to the ocean.

"It was a good day for the team and we really enjoyed the competition," said Schmidt.

"With regards to the big marlin, our intention was to tag the big fish and later release it.

"It took us 45 minutes to try and revive unfortunately we failed to save the marlin."

Schmidt said the competition was tough as all anglers did well during the two-day competition.

He said it was through team effort that enabled his team to take out top honours.

"I really love the competition and everyone enjoyed their time out in the sea."

"There are about 17 boats that competed for major prize and I am grateful that through team work we managed to stamp our name as winners."

Tournament official Jarred Wood said the tournament was a success and thanked all participants for their efforts.

He also thanked various organisations that sponsored the tournament.

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