SSTA hosts successful Inaugural Savai’i Fishing Tournament 2017
The Savai’i Samoa Tourism Association (SSTA) has completed one of its activities of the year to further showcase what the big Island of Savaii has to offer.
Earlier this month, SSTA in association with the Samoa International Game Fishing Association (SIGFA), launched the Inaugural Savai’i Fishing Tournament 2017.
The fun fishing tournament on the big Island gave its participants a true experience of Savai’ian hospitality, turquoise waters, natural beauty and most importantly good fishing.
The event was launched and hosted at the Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge in Asau, with proceedings led by SSTA President, Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai and attended by representatives of SIGFA, participants and the public at large.
Vessels that took part in the event included Taumafai, King Fisher II, Free Spirit, Lady Saele, Pure Indulgence, Razze, Seemu, Aolele, Fish Pirates, Yellow-Fin II, a Nimo (Faga), Minion (Asau) and All Rounder (Aganoa).
The fishing mostly took place at some of Samoa’s best fishing grounds at the north-west side of Savai’i where sea currents meet at the Falealupo Peninsula.
The event was made possible with the support of S.I.G.F.A, Tupua Wetzell family as well as S.P.S Bio-security, an overseas company working on a cocoa project in Savai’I with willingness to contribute to the development of this Savai’i event.
The first place Marlin weighed 166.2kgn was won by Darren Moore from Team Yellow Fin. First place Yellow Fin weighed 67.4kg won by Manu Meredith from Trophy for Sale - Fish Pirates. First place Sail Fish weighed 41kg won by Darren Moore from Team Yellow Fin. First place Masimasi weighed 16kg won by Aolele Team Lober. First place Wahoo won by Muliaga Paul Cafarrelli from NIMO Team Ku Ku a Gimo.
In the main prizes, the first place overall Trophy plus $3,000 prize money and cartons of Taula & Vailima were presented to Team Yellow Fin. Second place overall Trophy plus $2,000 prize money and cartons of Taula & Vailima were presented to Aolele. Third place overall Trophy plus $1,000 prize money and cartons of Taula & Vailima were presented to Fish Pirates.
The three day event concluded with a dinner at the Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge beachfront with a dancing and fire knife show.