The Samoa International Game Fishing tournament launched off yesterday morning with anglers setting off to find the biggest catch.
But it would have been hard to beat the catch of a lifetime by Angler, Craig Townsend, who had set the tone for the tournament with his catch of a Blue marlin weighing at 279.1kgs on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Mr. Townsend said that they were not expecting to catch a record-breaking fish before the official start time.
They were in the middle of a practice run on Sunday when the massive marlin was hooked.
“We were basically out in the sea on a practice run just making sure that everything was working in preparation for Monday,” he said.
“Around 1.30pm we hooked up and spent about three hours fighting the fish.”
In a ‘man versus fish’ clash, Angler Townsend won in the end to the excitement of his team and Captain Roy Lee onboard the Yellow Fin vessel.
The Angler was first introduced to the S.I.G.F.A tournament when he was the Westpac Pacific Regional Manager.
And although Westpac is no longer in Samoa, the Australian still continues to return annually for tournament.
“This was a great surprise and I’m hoping that this is a sign of a great start to the tournament here in Samoa.”