The UAE’s largest fishing tournament concluded this week with excellent catches at Le Méridien Al Aqah, which aims to boost future fishing tourism, youth development in the sport, and environmental awareness.
A team from Umm al Quwain, Sho Cho Boto, won the inaugural tournament with a spectacular total catch of 55.1kgs. The win has given Sho Cho Boto the chance to compete in the International Game Fishing Association (IGAF) world championships in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, next year. The proud team consisted of captain Raed Dabbous, Craig Barnett, Swabir Adi and Luke Chang.
Luke Chang was named winning angler, with a 17.7kgs King Fish caught on October 16, a catch which elevated the team to the overall lead in the competition, followed by Anders Oldenburg from De Jager, a team all the way from Finland with a 8.5 kgs Dorado and another win from team Sho Cho Boto - with Raed Dabbaus taking third place with a 14.6kgs King Fish.
The second overall winner was the Bite Me team, who used their vast experience to extract 35.9 kgs. Team Xtreme Derbas, the Sinbad Classic winner, finished third overall with 24.7kgs.
“Le Méridien Al Aqah supports community, sporting, and environmental initiatives as part of our ongoing mission to create a healthy, wholesome atmosphere around our resort hotel. As the sponsor for this event, we aim to not only boost Fujairah’s reputation as the number one sport fishing destination in the region, attracting visitors who enjoy sporting activities as part of their leisure getaway, but also strive for best practice in environmental conservation. In that, while we look forward to inviting the growing numbers of people who will partake in sport fishing, we realize the importance of preservation, so that there is an equal balance of fishing and conservation allowing for healthy populations of marine life to flourish,” commented Patrick Antaki, General Manager, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort.
Next year Fujairah Classic will be joined by a team from Le Méridien Al Aqah.
The Fujairah Classic is sponsored by Le Meridien Al Aqah, Fujairah International Marine Club and is organized by Intevents LLC.
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