Tuesday, September 27

Miri Deep Sea fishing contest wants ‘early birds’ for logistics


MIRI: Participants for the 9th International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament on April 23 to 26 are urged to register early.

The tournament, organised by Miri Anglers Club (MAC), will take place at the world-class sport fishing destination, the Luconia Shoal, in the South China Sea.

Spokesman for the organisers said early registration would give participants ample time to arrange for boat rental.

He said this year’s tournament is special as they had introduced a new Fish Species Category in which the contest is based on different species of fish caught.

The Fish Species Category will have six winners; one for each species, namely Ruby, Snapper, Amber Jack, Grouper, Tuna and Mangrove Jack. One who catches the biggest of each type of the fish wins, said the spokesperson.

There are over RM42,000 worth of prizes to be given out in the form of cash and fishing equipment.

Participants will depart from the Marina Bay Wharf on April 23 to the fishing destination and will return to Marina Bay Wharf on April 26 where their catch will be weighed and judged.

There will be three categories of the tournament including the Fish Species Category mentioned.

A participating team must have at least a non-Malaysian member, and all team members must also take part in the Individual Category.

Champion in the Individual Category will take home a cash prize of RM15,000, followed by RM6,000 for the second placing, RM3,000 for the third placing, RM1,500 for the fourth placing, and RM1,000 for fifth placing.

Those in the sixth to fifteenth placing will received RM800 cash.

Each of the top fifteenth winners will also be presented with a certificate of recognition and ‘Shimano’ brand of fishing tackles.

The angler who breaks the record of heaviest catch recorded in 2012 (above 61.8kg) will win the special prize of RM3,000 cash.

In the Team Category, the champion will take home a cash prize of RM5,000, followed by RM3,000 for second place, and RM2,000 for third place.

All top three winning teams will also receive a certificate of recognition and Shimano fishing tackles.

Closing date for registration is 5pm on April 17.

Entry fee for Individual Category is RM400 per person (excluding boat rental) while participants who register before April 10 will enjoy an early bird rate of RM350.

Entry fee for Team Category will be an additional RM100 per person (excluding boat rental.

Entry forms for the tournament can be obtained from the organiser’s official Facebook page named ‘Kelab Pemancing Miri Sarawak.’

For enquiries, contact Yee Chung Chai (019-8151818) or Lo Kiun Sin (017-8029002).