by Susil D. Ragas
SURIGAO DEL NORTE, May 5, 2011 (PIA) – Two Pinoy anglers and two others from Switzerland and USA, brought home the major prizes in the 4th Siargao International Game fishing tournament participated in by 73 foreign and local fishing enthusiasts from 16 countries, held recently at Pilar, Siargao Island.
Switzerland’s Rolf Trachler won the P50,000 first prize in the Main Division -Biggest Billfish Category, Philippines’ Voltaire Esparago, a native Surigaonon, got P30,000 second prize and Joseph Lee settled for P10,000 third prize.
Melchor Dilag of Philippines pocketed the P30,000 first prize Main Division -Biggest Talakitok Category, while Carlos Morales of Spain came out second and got P15,000.
In the Main and Open Boat Division - Biggest Invidual Catch Category, USA’s Mike Kennedy got the P40,000 first prize and Imilio Choa of Philippines bagged the P20,000 second prize.
Mike Kennedy was adjudged champion in both the Open Boat Division – Biggest Total Catch Per Boat and Open Division – Biggest Billfish categories of the contest, bringing home a total cash prize of P40,000 .
Winner in the Open Division – Biggest Wahoo/Tanguige Category is Henry Uy from the Philippines who received P10,000 cash prize.
Provincial Tourism Officer Ivonnie B. Dumadag said that trophies and token of appreciation were also given to all the participants.
Local officials who handed over the prizes during the awarding ceremony were Pilar Mayor Lucio T. Gonzales and Vice Governor Carlos Egay Jr. assisted by Provincial Accounting Officer Myrla Padayhag. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)