AN angler took the first prize despite his fishing line snapping halfway through a contest in Butterworth.
Mohd Fauzi Semorah, 36, a factory technician from Kulim, Kedah, netted an ikan patin weighing 7.5kg to win the fishing competition held in conjunction with the Penang state-level Agro Fest 2014 at Seberang Jaya.
“I managed to replace the fishing string with a new one and within one hour, I managed to catch my winning fish,” he told reporters after being declared the champion.
Fauzi took home cash prize of RM1,500 from Penang State Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin on Saturday.
He said the secret to getting such a good catch was because he used his own bait.
Second prize went to Norazan Abd Halim, 38, who won RM800 for landing a 6.3kg ikan patin while the third prize was won by Naim Mohd Salleh, 22, who pocketed RM600 for catching a 3.2kg ikan patin.
At another fishing competition on the same day on the island, it was a first-timer to such a contest who clinched the first prize.
Within half an hour after the start of the competition, Khairul Azmi Sazali, 24, baited his winning catch, a 2.1kg pufferfish.
The businessman beat some 200 other participants to pocket RM500. The competition was held at the Batu Uban Region 1 Marine Police base in conjunction with the police’s community policing programme.
“I thought there would be others who will catch a bigger fish as we were given a time frame of four hours.
“I was surprised when they announced that the fish I caught was the heaviest,” said Khairul Azmi who started fishing as a hobby during his primary school days.
Coming in second was Azlan Yusoff, 39, and Mohd Ridzuan Ahmad Sofi, 38, third.
Earlier, Region 1 Marine Operation Force commander Asst Comm Mohd Yusof Abdullah said he was happy with the overwhelming response as the majority of the competitors were the public.
“It was a good way of mingling with the public,” he said.
The top five winners took home RM500, RM400, RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively.
Before the prize presentation, Penang Special Branch chief Senior Asst Comm Cheong Koon Kock read a speech on behalf of Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
He said the police omnipresence and community policing saw the crime rate being reduced by 7.71% or equivalent to 296 cases from Jan 1 to June 14 as compared with the same period last year.