On a hook, line and sinker

14-YEAR-old Michael Ford from South Africa was the youngest participant and only one to fish out the Trevally species, during the just concluded Al Hamra game fishing competition held in Ras Al Khaimah.

By William Faria (Contributor)

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Published: Sun 6 Apr 2008, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:43 PM

The up and coming angler who accompanied his father stole the day’s show, when he managed to catch the only Trevally fish that weighed 7 kg.

After the competition, Ford said that he felt proud of being the only angler to bring on-shore the Trevally. He went around asking the organisers: “Has anyone else caught a Trevally out here?” He left the venue a delighted lad, when told he was the only champ to have netted the prized catch.

The overall winner of the event was a French flight instructor based in Al Ain. Herve Vallez the Frenchman got the winning catch in the deep waters of the Arabian Gulf. He went deep sea fishing at almost 20 nautical miles away from the Al Hamra Marina that hosted the colourful one day event.

It was the first fishing expedition for the victor in the Gulf region where he caught a Barracuda of almost 20 kg on board his favourite boat nicknamed ‘Lureve’. Vallez’s team comprised of his wife Regine, Joel Dadlun and Olivier Fredont.

“What makes this event truly special is not the wads of money involved, tremendous prizes, or even the estimated 50 anglers who participated in this inaugural contest. What makes this competition so inspiring are the people behind it and the cause that motivates them, it’s a fun event,” a delighted Vallez told journalists.

The extravaganza attracted 10 boats comprising 50 participants, taking part in almost perfect conditions of a calm sea, a balmy 25-degree range temperature escorted by light breeze and steady bouts of sunshine, in this northern most United Arab Emirates.

The coastline of the emirate is dotted with an impressive stretch of lush unspoilt sandy bays and beaches that accommodate a host of marine life.

The event organiser, Captain Michel Budinsky thanked Al Hamra Real Estate, Sinbad Sea, Centaurus International and French Connection Group (Maison Chic Decor, France Coiffure, and Home Service) for sponsoring the event. He said a similar event of a bigger magnitude would be announced soon at the same venue.

“I was impressed with the good turn out of competitors for the event, taking into consideration that it was the first ever to be held in this marina,” said Captain Budinsky.

The fish caught ranged from King Fish, Barracuda, Trevally, Tuna and Queen Fish. The Marina which is part of the iconic Al Hamra Village Resort has been designed by European marina experts, Poralu and has a 200-berths facility that can accommodate vessels of up to 97 feet in length.

Families and friends who have a passion for fishing, had the opportunity to admire a flotilla of fishing boats moored at the marina that ranged from the small to the larger fiberglass vessels.

The Al Hamra facility features a 24 hour harbour lights, re-fuelling station, Marina Yacht and Sports Club. It also offers boat rentals, boat excursions, wind surfing, a sailing academy, water skiing and jet skiing rental.

The top five winners are

1. Herve Vallez on ‘Lureve’ boat, 20 kg Barracuda catch

2. Jacques Venter and team on Bamba Zooke boat, 18.5 kg catch

3. Munir Kalatico and team on the Noura boat, 16.5 kg catch

4. Heinz Felber and team on board the Sea Turtle, 10 kg catch

5. David Ford and team with a 7 kg catch

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