Good catches in fishing competition

By: Ray Petersen

MUSCAT: Saturday provided a competitive day for the Ras Al Hamra Fishing Club in Round 2 of the “Angler of the Year.” Smooth sea conditions, with only slight waves of 0.2 metres and a light South, South West breeze of five knots offered optimum conditions for the 16 fishermen, aboard eight craft launched at dawn. Recent catches have included a lot of Barracuda, a scavenger of the seas, who with their razor sharp teeth can cut through the lines holding hooks or lures, with relative ease. Fishermen tend not to like these fish, as they can prove quite costly.

Club Captain, Sulieman al Hajri had such thoughts in his mind as he battled with one, or so he thought! After a five minute fight, however, a beautiful 5.8kg Queenfish was gaffed and hauled aboard, prompting surprise, of course, relief that his equipment was safe, and delight with what he described as the “game-sealer” of the competition.

A total of 85kg of bottom feeding fish, and 15kg of game fish was the total catch of the day, which was a good return in terms of hamour and the other deep dwellers, but illustrated the difficulty in finding good game-fishing over the recent months despite good conditions.

Al Hajri leads the field in the total points for the “Angler of the Year,” chased hard by his son Tariq, recently returned from his studies in New Zealand.


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