Team Fins was the top boat in the fourth edition of the Heineken sponsored Funfish slam. The prize-giving ceremony for the event was held on Saturday afternoon at the Boardwalk restaurant at Eden Island.
However, this competition sponsored by ISPC and Heineken which began at 3am on Saturday and ended at 5pm was anything but fun as the rough seas really hindered the anglers who struggled to be able to haul in the three species required namely Wahoo, Dorado and Yellowin Tuna which were scarce.
In fact two out of the eight boats that took part in this fishing competition organised by the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club did not manage to bring in any of the three categories for this competition and this included the defending champions Alati who were a no show.
Paola was the first boat to enter the marina at 4.30pm where a good crowd had gathered since 3pm at the weigh in area but they had nothing to show for their efforts.
9G was the second boat to come in and the winners of the Billfish Release Award last year had a couple of Yellowfin Tuna; they were followed in by the competition’s main sponsor Heineken-La Plage with CEO ISPC Alfred Foucroy as one of the participants on board.
Island Star, one of the top boats in such competitions, came in but they also had found the going tough and had little to show for the endeavours and at this point, it was apparent that it was going to be difficult to find a slam where a boat had brought in all three categories to win the overall Slam prize. As the afternoon petered out, none of the boats managed to bring in a slam and more startlingly, no Wahoo was caught as all eight boats made their way in before the prize-giving ceremony.
SSFC Chairman Tarak Patel acknowledged the fact that it had been a tough competition based on the paltry
haul but nonetheless thanked the participants and more so the sponsors prior to the handing over of the prizes.
“It has been a tough competition for all the boats and it is due to the condition of the seas; no slam was caught but it has been fun and I thank you all for your participation and also the sponsors,” Mr Patel told the audience before a representative of Heineken, Wahez Dahoo, thanked the hardy fishers who braved the weather to take part.
Team 9G won the prize for the heaviest Dorado caught which weighed 7.6kg and Team Fins was the winner for the heaviest Yellowfin Tuna weighing in at 6.9 kg.
Skipper Gilbert Victor on board Ocean Pearl won the Billfish Release Award for the second year running after claiming the prize last year with Mini Two. This year, skipper Victor had the youngest Angler on board, 14-year-old Gamal Jean-Baptiste.
As for the overall prize, Team Heineken was in third position whilst Team 9G was runner up to this year’s grand winner Team Fins under team captain Henry Riggs Miller and skipper Dominic D’Offay. D’Offay who was ecstatic to have won, told TODAY Sports after the awards ceremony.
“We are very happy to have won after coming out second last year. Our victory is the result of good team work despite the weather being really rough and water clarity not being good but we worked really hard for every fish.”