By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]
Lagos hosted the eighth International Big Game Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 10.
The first competition in 2004 saw organisers Clube de Vela de Lagos pioneering the resurgence of the catch-and-release of the blue marlin (makaira nigricans) in Europe.
A spokesman from the Clube de Vela de Lagos (Lagos Sailing Club) told the Algarve Resident: “We are aware of the economic difficulties experienced by all, so the organisation decided to make the tournament this year smaller with only one day of competition, making it more accessible to all.”
This year’s fishing tournament saw 26 participants aboard six vessels competing to catch-and-release the largest marlin but also to capture the largest fish.
In a day with few fish caught, one of the highlights was the catching of a golden dorado weighing 2.18kgs, which won Carlos Santos’ team Átila the trophy for the largest fish caught.
However, it was debutant Paul Harris’ Lecas team, sponsored by PC Centre, Sopromar and Lagos Bay Pirates, who came out victorious in the competition for catching and releasing a white marlin, weighing around 30kgs.
Lecas team was composed of Paul Harris, Marco Sequeira, Brett Ashmore and José Falcão, who captured and released the white marlin.
Paul Hockenhull from PC Centre Lagos, also part of the Lecas team crew, told the Algarve Resident: “It was a wonderful day and a fantastic experience. We were really lucky catching the fish but we had an experienced team and these factors led us to win the tournament.
“We took some photographs of the fish while he was in the water and we think it weighed about 30kgs,” he added.
After the competition, all participants enjoyed a dinner at Restaurante Adega da Marina in Lagos where the prize giving ceremony was also held.
For more information about future tournaments, please visit www.cvlagos.org (only available in Portuguese) or call 282 762 256.