The 2009 Siargao Game Fishing Tournament will be held from May 7 to May 9 in the municipality of Pilar.
Prior to the Grand Opening, there will be registration of participants in the morning of May 6, followed by a Welcome Dinner and Cultural Show in the evening. The three-day event has already attracted the participation of roughly 100 foreign and local anglers. Foreign participants come from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan, the USA and other Asian countries.
Winners are judged according to weight points and the biggest and heaviest catch. Anglers will compete in the following categories: biggest billfish, biggest talakitok, biggest wahoo/tanguigue, biggest dorado, and biggest others, except sharks, stingrays, puffer fish, dolphin (lumba) and turtles.
Fishing is allowed only within five kilometers from the east of the shores of Pilar. Burgos is the north point and Dako Island is the south point. The allowable number of rods for each boat is three (3), with a maximum line of 50 lbs of mono or braid.
The Philippines is an archipelago surrounded by waters on all fronts. It is not surprising that the country boasts of rich game fishing grounds and world-class surfing waves like those found in Siargao.
The Siargao Game Fishing Tournament, launched in 2008, is the first game-fishing tournament in the country. This tournament as well as the annual Siargao Cup for surfing enthusiasts will help promote Siargao as an adventure-tourism destination in the Philippines.
The national government has ordered the modernization of facilities and infrastructures in the island to attract more investments and tourists. The municipal government has received funds to upgrade the island’s water systems and the government-run Siargao Hospital as well as the completion of the Sayak Airport in the town of Del Carmen.
Here are some photos from last year’s Game Fishing Tournament in Siargao.
All photos via the tournament website.