Sunday, February 18, 2018

On ‘D Job delivers in Wahoo Tournament


BIG CATCH: Best angler Nigel Garcia, of team On D Job, poses with the heaviest catch, a 66-pound Wahoo.

Mark Fraser

 TEAM On ‘D Job was rewarded for a hard day’s work in the TTGFA/Budget Marine Blow Out Wahoo Tournament that was held last month at the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC).

One hundred and thirty-nine anglers-—115 men, 21 juniors, and three women—on 28 boats, participated in the annual event, competing in the rough waters along the North Coast and the Grande Boca, off Trinidad.  

Captain of the On ‘D Job team David Duncan, along with teammates Adam Hive, Rolph Hive and Nigel Garcia, emerged in the number one spot after they accumulated 256.6 points. They caught three wahoo on the first day and two on the second.

Team Moonshadow, led by Mark Thompson, placed second with 246.25 points, followed in third by team Trendsetter, skippered by George Sheppard, with 231.45 points.

Nigel Garcia of team On ‘D Job won best angler with his haul of two Wahoo on the first day of the two-day tournament. Nigel Garcia also won heaviest Wahoo with his 66 pounds, one ounce, catch. 

Ajodha Singh on board Go Up The Road copped second-place with his 59 pounds, seven ounces Wahoo, while Dean Fakoory of the Blue Fever team placed third with his 56-pound, ten ounces catch. 

Andrew Valdez won the junior angler prize for his Wahoo catch (46lbs, 12ozs) on the first day, and a sailfish, released unharmed, on the second day.

President of the TTGFA, Marylin Sheppard, at the prize giving dinner said that the overall catch was very good with 1,618 pounds of Wahoo, 59 pounds of Kingfish, and 16 pounds of Cavali, making the scale. Sheppard added that 1,043 pounds of fish was donated to several charities.

Mr David Bobb, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Sport, was very high in praise for the conservation efforts of the TTGFA and the ongoing effort in encouraging young anglers to participate in their tournaments.