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Led by the event’s best angler, Nigel Garcia, team On ‘D Job won the T&T Game Fishing Association (TTGFA)/Budget Marine Blow Out Wahoo Tournament, which was held recently at the T&T Yacht Club, Bayshore.
Comprising of captain David Duncan, Adam Hive, Rolph Hive and Garcia, who together caught three wahoo on the first day and two on the second, On ‘D Job accumulated a winning total of 256.6 points.
Team Moonshadow, captained by Mark Thompson placed second with 246.25 points, while captain George Sheppard’s Trendsetter finished third with 231.45 points. Garcia, who caught two of this team’s three wahoo on the first day also captured the heaviest wahoo, which weighed in at 66lbs, 1oz. The second heaviest wahoo, caught by Ajodha Singh on Go Up The Road weighed 59lbs 07oz while Blue Fever’s Dean Fakoory placed third with a 56lb 10oz-catch.
Meanwhile, Andrew Valdez won the top junior angler prize for his catch of a 46lb 12 oz wahoo on the first day, and a sailfish, which was released unharmed on the second day.
President of the TTGFA, Marylin Sheppard thanked the title sponsor Budget Marine, along with other sponsors, Carib Pilsner, John Dickinson and Company, and Subway. Speaking at the prize giving dinner held at TTYC, Sheppard said that the overall catch was very good with 1618 lbs of wahoo, 59 lbs of kingfish and 16 lbs of cavali making the scale.
She added that the Christ Child Convalescent Home, Rainbow Rescue, St Dominic’s Home, St Jude’s Battered Womens’ Home, the Blanchisseuse Community Centre, Sophia House and the Credo Home, were all set to benefit by a donation of 1,043lbs of fish.
Director of Sport at the Ministry of Sport, David Bobb was in attendance at the prize giving function and the weight station at the TTYC marina on both fishing days. Bobb expressed high praise for the conversation efforts of the TTGFA.