June 9-12 saw Niue host the first of what is to become an annual 'Black Heart Rum International' event on our fishing calendar.
Good numbers of overseas anglers, as well as winners of various Black Heart promotions, took to the water in our growing fleet of small charter boats for a great three days of fishing.
In what was a tightly fought tussle for the top prizes, some 400kg of wahoo, mahimahi, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna and pacific barracuda were brought back to the weigh-station. The top prize for heaviest total weight over three days went to Paul Harris with 70.7kg. Heaviest fish for the tournament went to veteran angler Gerry Pattenden with a beautiful 27.6kg wahoo. Many great day prizes were also shared amongst the field.
There were some fantastic prizes, and special thanks must go to Black Heart Rum and the Niue Tourism Office for a great tournament. Testament to the tournament's success was that many contestants booked their entry for next year's tournament before leaving!
The wahoo are really starting to fire now, with some great multiple strikes being experienced as schools of these speedsters are arriving. Most of the action has been on the eastern side of the island, which hasn't always been accessible given it is the windward side. However, those who have taken any calm opportunities to get around there have been well rewarded.
Niue Island by Paul Pasisi
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