Island Star makes it three in a row, wins Seychelles Marlin tournament
The Island Star crew with their first prize Marlin of 179.9 kg ( Patrick Joubert, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Island Star has won Seychelles’ annual Marlin competition for the third consecutive year.
The team led by the Hoareau brothers landed the biggest Marlin, which weighed 179.9 kg and won the first prize of almost $31,000. Saturday’s competition was sponsored by Oceana Fisheries and Seychelles Sports Fishing Club .
“It’s not about the money, it’s about the pride. We wanted to win because last year we did not catch any Marlin but we won the competition with the biggest tuna, so we started this year on a good note with 100 points in the league which is fantastic,” Marc Hoareau, captain of Island Star, told media on Sunday.
|Blue Lady came in second with a Marlin of 88 kg ( Patrick Joubert, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY|
Hoareau explained that his crew did the opposite of what everyone else was doing by going in the opposite direction. This is how they caught the prized Marlin.
“We are joyful today because it was a team effort. I always say that when we go fishing we do it as a team. When we win we win as a team and when we lose as well we congratulate the other team. We were the best team today. We were lucky and of course we are happy,” said a proud Hoareau.
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. An exclusive economic zone of 1.3 million square kilometres of ocean provides the islands with not only rich but diverse fishing grounds popular with locals and visitors.
Thirteen boats, including two with foreign participants, took part in the one-day fishing competition.
|Ocean Mist came third with an 81 kg Marlin ( Patrick Joubert, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY|
The crew of each boat persevered through the rain and rough seas and four boats caught a Marlin. The previous two competitions didn’t see any Marlines caught.
Blue Lady came second with a Marlin of 88 kg and a $5,800 prize.
The foreign crew-led team Ocean Mist was third, winning $2,000 with a Marlin of 81 kg.
The competition was the first for the Seychelles Sports Fishing Clubs new season 2016. Next on the agenda is the Seychelles Fishing tournament April 15 and 16.