This year's edition, which was held last weekend, is believed to have produced one of the biggest catches ever with good participation.
Nine teams came back to shore on Sunday, starting around 1pm, docking at the Oceana Fisheries jetty, where a large crowd had gathered to watch the weighing of the fish while being entertained by DJ Aubrey, Eric Collie - the master of ceremonies, as well as popular radio presenter DJ Ezy D.
The first boat to reach the docks on Sunday was SexSea, which was skippered by Tarak Patel who is also the chairman of the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) which organised the tournament.
Chairman Patel told TODAY Sports that he was very happy with the competition and the way it had taken place. “It was a very good competition and I think it was one of the best catch ever. This was helped by the great weather and the turnout was good, where everything went well – and I would proudly say that it was one of the best competitions we have organized for a few years,” claimed chairman Patel.
One of the contenders expected to win some of the prizes in this year's tournament is Team Island Star. Skippered by Antoine Hoareau with fishing enthusiast and team captain Marc Houareau, their haul is expected to be about 1.5 tonnes of fish. Mr. Houareau echoed the SSFC chairman in his observations of the competition. "It was a fantastic competition in beautiful weather and our only complaint was the strong current which made it a bit hard for bottom fishing. But overall, we had a great time although we are exhausted after 3 days at sea. But our team fishes every year in this charity event and although we did not come first this year, we will be back next year to enjoy the challenge and the camaraderie that exist in our sportfishing community,” Mr Houareau told TODAY Sports.
It is to be noted that Island Star has won this tournament for the past five years, but from looking at the size and categories of fish that were unloaded from other boats this year, especially Blue Lady, Paola, Mazowe (Oceana Team) and 9G, TODAY Sports is predicting that a new winner will be crowned this year.
The organisers have told TODAY Sports that they are expecting a haul of just above eight tonnes of fish, all of which were bought by Oceana Fisheries – the proceeds of which will be handed over to the SSFC who will then donate the money to charities of their choice. A prize-giving lunch ceremony will take place at the Chez Batista restaurant on Saturday 22 April where sponsors will hand over trophies and prizes to the participants, many of whom cannot bear the wait to find out who will be crowned as the new 2017 SSFC National Fishing Tournament champion.