Sport-fishing contest needs no bait in attracting enthusiasts

By James Kon

Minister visiting booths
Fishing for bottle contest
Stop Competition Signal
Individual Category Champion
Team Category Champion

Mohd Jamaluddin Abdullah, who has been fishing for over 10 years, was crowned the winner of the Sport-fishing Competition 2009's four events organised yesterday by the Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources in cooperation with Capt Fred Fishing and Marine Supply at Tungku Beach.

The government servant, who worked at the Agricultural Department, won the Fastest Catch category being the first to catch a fish in the contest. His prize-winning fish, which weighed 970 grammes, was also the heaviest in the Individuals category.

In an interview, Mohd Jamaluddin said, "The secret to my success is that I know where my favourite fishing spot is while fishing at Tungku Beach." "I come here at least twice a month for fishing, so I managed to find some good spots to fish," he added.

He also mentioned that he was delighted to win and would come back next year to defend his title. In the Teams category, Kumpulan Sambaran took the winner's trophy, followed by Rimba Villa I in second place and Rimba Villa 2 in third position. Aimed at promoting and encouraging sport-fishing as a recreational activity, this year's contest attracted a total of 240 fishing enthusiasts.

It was launched in the morning by Hjh Hasnah Ibrahim, the Director of Fisheries, while the prize presentation was completed by the event's guest of honour, Pehin Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, the Minister of MIPR. Accompanying the minister was his spouse, Datin Hjh Norlena Paduka Hj Abu Bakar.

Also in attendance were MIPR's Deputy Minister Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abd Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary Pg Hjh Mariana PDNLDR Pg Hj Abd Momin, as well as Mr Alfred Yong of Capt Fred Fishing and Marine Supply

In addition to the fishing competition, other activities were held, like booths selling fish and fishery products. Other events included parasailing, banana boats and flying fish.

The highlight of the contest was a tug-of-war between staff members of the Fisheries Department and Capt Fred Fishing and Marine Supply. In the end, the Fisheries Department's staff won both the male and female categories for the tug-of-war event.