MIRI: The 10th Miri International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament from May 11 to 14 attracted anglers from many countries, besides local enthusiasts.
The annual event organised by Miri Anglers Club was held in a location known as Luconia Shoals off Miri’s coast.
Marine and Fisheries Department director Belayong Nyuak said marine recreational industry had great potential and capable of contributing significantly to the country’s economy.
“Malaysian waters are rich in resources, thus a good avenue for fishing activities.”
“Recreational fishing has long existed in our country. It provides support to other economic activities such as tourism, rental boats, resorts, hotels, restaurants and foreign exchange,” he said at the tournament flag-off ceremony here.
Ng Cher How, who landed a goliath grouper weighing 61.7kg, emerged champion, walking away with RM20,000 while runners-up was Lee Keng Ho, bagging RM6,000 and third-placed winner Doreen Ang won RM3,000. Winners also received fishing tackles and a certificate of recognition.
Techniques used in the tournament included popping, trolling, jigging, casting, and bottom fishing. Among the fishes caught by contestants were giant grouper, ruby snapper and amber jack.
Some 100 anglers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Iran, South Korea, Brunei and Britain took part in the fishing competition.