The Seychelles Sports Fishing Club will host a new tournament for its members this Saturday called the Yellowfin Tuna Cup.
The tournament starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The prizes will be awarded immediately after the calculation of the weighing results. The winner of the competition will be the team that catches the biggest yellowfin tuna.
Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) President Tarak Patel told SNA that âwe have changed the way we usually have our weigh-ins, where we will limit the number of people in attendance and instead have an awards ceremony. at a later date, everything will be done on the same day. “
Patel said the decision was made “to protect us from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
During this weekend’s tournament, other prizes will be offered, such as the heaviest barracuda, wahoo, dorado, tuna barrel, and swordtail release.
Sport fishing was one of the least affected activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the club managed to host various tournaments throughout the year, although they had a few hiccups.
“At the start of the year we had to cancel two of our tournaments because the country had very strict restrictions, but when they were relaxed we were able to resume and so far everything has been going pretty well,” Patel said.
He added that boat crews were not asked to implement any special measures on their boat, but that they need to make sure their crew is protected to ensure a good tournament.
The last tournament organized by the SSFC was the South-east Monsoon Sailfish Tournament, held at the end of July, where the A1 team was the winner, among six other teams.
âWe have seen that many of our usual teams have not been deterred by the pandemic, although some have dropped out of some tournaments,â Patel said, before adding that the SSFC is looking to encourage new teams to join. upcoming tournaments.
The club has already launched the Fishing Tournament off La Digue, which will take place on November 6, where like last year, all teams will depart from MahÃ©, rather than the inner island of La Digue for reasons of security.
The SSFC was founded in April 2009 and is a non-profit association engaged in the promotion of sport fishing in Seychelles, aiming to balance conservation and education with traditional fishing practices.
Their final tournament for 2021 is scheduled for December.