By Dion Kombeng – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Day 5 of the National Game fishing titles saw the anglers compete in a shoot-out early this morning.
Yesterday, Day 4, in the boat points ‘The Hooker II’ took a big lead in the weighed category, followed by ‘Osprey’ and ‘Sanaamay’. And in the Tagged category, ‘madNESS’ has a commanding lead followed by ‘The Hooker II’ and closely behind is ‘Saanamay’.
In the Anglers points, Craig Armstrong is well in front of everyone else leading in the weighed category, followed by Rob Hewlett, then Rob Batterham.
The National Game Fishing Titles attract serious anglers from near and afar, vying to be named the 2015 champion. Among them are youngsters, Delvin Laing and Adam Cheah in team Chow Mee, who love the sport of game fishing. Laing is no stranger to the competition, with his team winning the National Titles before.
The National Titles will head into its leg, over the Easter long weekend, which will see the number of anglers increase in the days ahead, before the competition comes to a close on Sunday evening.
In a public online post on the official Game Fishing Association of Papua New Guinea, social media account, they revealed results:
“Day 4 of the Titles yesterday (Tuesday) and a definite highlight was the spirited bidding in the Calcutta as punters placed their bets on which of the 8 competing boats would bring home the highest score in today’s Shootout.
A grand total of K36,400 was raised for the pool, with the highest bid of K6200 by John Beattie going to Luciano Cragnolini’s boat “Osprey”.
At the weigh-in, a nice 12.2kg sailfish was brought in by Terry Hagger on Lae boat “Tribal”, but unfortunately it …was disqualified because the fish was too light for the line class.
A 7.4kg barracuda – also from “Tribal” – was accepted, however. Ken Richardson also caught a 9.2kg mahi-mahi on “Saanamay”.
Results are as follows:
Boat Points Weighed: “The Hooker II” (2160.01), “Osprey” (638.67), “Saanamay” (450.83), “Maski Wok” (340);
Boat Points Tagged: “madNESS” (950), “The Hooker II” (240), “Saanamay” (180), “Maski Wok” (160);
Angler Points Weighed: Craig Armstrong, Team The Furrows, “The Hooker II” (1570.01), Rob Hewlett, Team The Furrows, “The Hooker II” (590), Rob Batterham, Team TWM1, “Saanamay” (310.83), David Young, Team SP Fish Hunters, “Desperado” (309.33);
Angler Points Tagged: Terry Herlihy, Team Tassie, “madNESS” (550), Russell Kerton, Team madNESS, “madNESS” (400), Andy Page, Team Giddyup (160), David Albert, Team TWN2, “Saanamay” (120).”