First Day standings of 14th International I’a Lapo’a Tournament — NZ leads

The 14th International Game Fishing Tournament competition kicked off early Monday morning with ten boats registered on Sunday. An additional late fee boat went out Tuesday morning, making it 11 — that’s American Samoa’s “Reel Cat”.

 

All together, there are six boats competing from New Zealand: Girlfriend, Adrenalin, Brave Hart, Game Keeper, Kai Time, and Te Ururoa; there is one from Samoa: the King Fisher II — which has been one of the most threatening competitors in previous tournaments with massive captures brought to the scale; and American Samoa’s boats are: Sau Ia!, Happi Hooka, Bonavista II and latecomer, the Reel Cat.

 

The tourney’s major sponsors are Steinlarger, the Pago Pago Game Fishing Tournament Association and the American Samoa Visitors Bureau.

 

The tourney, as is their tradition, will be donating most of their ‘catches’ to Hope House, with some going to sponsors.

 

(Samoa News will bring each day’s standings as they are made available.)

 

MONDAY — DAY ONE STANDINGS

 

Biggest Masi Masi            by Glen Newman            Boat            Game Keeper, New Zealand            27.8lbs

 

Biggest Skip Jack Tuna            by Christine Elmiger            Boat            Brave Hart, New Zealand            27.2lbs

 

Biggest Wahoo            by Russ Cox            Boat            Bonavista 2, American Samoa            29.4lbs

 

Biggest Yellow Fin by Heinz Hagedorn; Boat            Bonavista 2, American Samoa            49.4lbs

 

BLUE MARLIN TAG & RELEASE

 

It’s a Tie between Fred Schmidt of King Fisher II from Samoa, Nicole Bol of Brave Hart of New Zealand, Mitch Shimasaki of Sau Ia from American Samoa and Darrin Spillane of Girlfriend of New Zealand

 

BOAT PLACE STANDINGS

 

#1 Brave Hart Captain Clyde Fraser of New Zealand            320 Points

 

#2 Tie between: Sau Ia Captain Rodney Reid of American Samoa            200 Points, King Fisher II Captain Alfred of Samoa            200 Points, and Girlfriend Captain Marc Noakes of New Zealand 200 Points

 

#3 Bonavista 2; Captain Andy Wearing of American Samoa            140.8 Points

 

#4 Happi Hooka Captain Candy Man of American Samoa            50.6 Points

 

#5 Game Keeper Captain Angus Hume of New Zealand            27.8 Points

 

TOTAL WEIGHT OF FISH CAUGHT: 246.4 Lbs

 

COUNTRY OVERALL POINTS REPORT

 

New Zealand leading            547.8 Points

 

American Samoa 2nd            391.4 Points

 

Samoa 3rd            200 points

 

Today will be the Women and Juniors competition of who can lurer in the biggest catch of the day, then the program will turn back to the regular fishing tournament starting tomorrow and Friday, and the conclusion of the Tournament that will be held Saturday May 11th.

 

 

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