Tangaroa blesses memorial fishing contest

Tuesday July 11, 2017 Written by Published in Local
two couples who chartered the Akura for the day will have a fi shing story to tell for the rest of their lives. The boat caught 42 yellowfi n tuna on the fi rst day, a total of 283.4kg, to win fi rst prize. 17070918 two couples who chartered the Akura for the day will have a fi shing story to tell for the rest of their lives. The boat caught 42 yellowfi n tuna on the fi rst day, a total of 283.4kg, to win fi rst prize. 17070918

It was a fishing contest that will go down in the history of the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club.

 

The first-ever Gordon Murray Memorial Fishing Competition will be remembered for many things.

Most of all was the  landing of the heaviest fish of the tournament by the grandsons of the late Gordon Murray.

Murray’s namesake Gordon caught the winning 75.6 black marlin on the boat Kotaa skippered by his brother Kerry Murray. Sometimes you just have to believe in the gods!

Then there was the 42 yellowfin tuna – totalling 283.4kg– caught by the Akura on day one to win the aggregate prize.

Paku Poila on Manakia also had a fishing contest to remember weighing in 237.7kg of mostly yellowfin over the two days for second prize in the aggregate division.

Teariki Buckley landed the second heaviest fish, a 56.2kg wahoo on day one, and also landed the third biggest fish, a 40.5kg tuna on day two.

What will also go down in history is the total number and weight of fish caught – 177 in all for a combined weight of 1340kg – or put a different way – 1.34 tonnes of excellent fish that is now fast disappearing off dinner plates across the island.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Warren Wichman Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:40 posted by Warren Wichman

    Kia Orana

    I find the heading of this article, "Tangaroa" blesses memorial fishing contest" quite unusual and regrettable. The article bears no mention of Tangaroa within it. We are society presumably proudly proclaiming our Christian Hebrew roots and the truth that there is one only GOD -Yahuwah, not multiple dieties.

    Tangaroa is a manmade religious fiction, in other words a pagan god. How can it be, that "Tangaroa blesses memorial fishing contest"? Or are we heading back to pagan ancestral roots? Perhaps we need to be asking ourselves this question

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