Asmuss Combined Trades Tournament 2019
Conditions were near perfect for the ASMUSS Combined Trades Tournament here at Tutukaka on 26th & 27th January – the only problem was no one told the fish!!!
With some 70 boats entered in the tournament expectations were high but sorry to say there were only 6 qualifying fish.
BUT…………..despite the lack of fish it was a WOW of a tournament – an excellent meal laid on free for all contestants on the Saturday night (great food thanks Alfies!), Lucky Draws all round for some of the top prizes not won, great entertainment from the amazing 5K band on Sunday night and of course best of all some great company and some believable fish stories!!!
Neville Draffin on Black Jack took out the Heaviest Mahimahi prize with his fish weighing in at 9kg.
Ryan Stewart on L’Espadon won the Heaviest Shortbill Spearfish prize with his 18.2kg Spearfish.
With four teams equal on 120 points each for their tag & release Stripeys, it came down to the team who accumulated their points first.
Third place in the tag & release Marlin section went to Andrew Samuels on Meerheim with his Stripey estimated at 80kg, Second went to Doug Lambert on Time N Tide with his fish estimated at 90kg and first place to Thomas Dunn on Lethal Weapon for his tagged Stripey estimated at 95kg.
Special Prizes for the first and last tagged Marlin each day of the tournament – custom made BONZE Lures no less!! – went to Tom Dunn and Andrew Samuels with angler Simon Vongphachanh fishing on DTF Kaimana winning two of these impressive lures for the first and last tagged Marlin on Day Two with his Stripey estimated at 85kg.
So it was on to the big one (after all of the Lucky Draws for prizes not won!!). Congratulations to the team on “Lethal Weapon” – Richard Wilson and Thomas Dunn – a tag & release Stripey estimated at 95kg to Tom early on Day one of the tournament saw them take out the top prize of $10,000 courtesy of our amazingly generous sponsors ASMUSS.
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