Knight wins the day at 13th Annual Blue Nile Fishing tournament

By Pohnpei Fishing Club


September 26, 2020

IMG 6774Pohnpei—Members of the Pohnpei Fishing Club braved the blazingly, sunshiny day today for the 13th annual Blue Nile fishing tournament.  “It was good to have a tournament even if the fish are socially distancing from our boats,” commented Steve Finnen, the Club’s Secretary. This was the club’s first tournament this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic arrangements.

Sponsors for the tournament were Blue Nile, Ocean View West Wing, Arnold’s, and David Panuelo.  Ambros Inc./Budweiser provided a 12 pack of Budweiser to each boat that weighed in at the end of the tournament.

Chris Knight won the $600 top prize for biggest fish overall, a beautiful 87 pound Yellow Fin Tuna.

Joseph W. Ferdinand landed the second biggest fish, a 24 pound Yellow Fin, winning $400 and a $25 Ocean View gift certificate.  Marvey Spencer landed a 23.5 pound Yellow Fin for third place of $300 cash and a $25 Ocean View gift certificate.  Oliver Hawley nabbed a 22.5 pound wahoo for fourth prize of $200 and a $50 Arnold’s gift certificate. Dicklet Paul landed yet another Yellow Fin Tuna. At 21.5 pounds, it was enough to land him the fifth place prize of $125 and a $50 Arnold’s gift certificate.

All anglers who won species prizes were awarded $100 cash and $25 Blue Nile gift certificates. Franklino Barnabas and Kenty Spencer caught twin 20 pound Yellow Fins and so had to split the cash for the first prize. Each still received a gift certificate. Sabino Youngstrom caught a 16 pound wahoo winning second prize.  Third was Patricia Edwin for her 13 pound Skipjack tuna.  Fourth place was Michelle San Nicolas for her nine pound Barracuda.

Two top prizes were awarded to the top lady anglers. Each received $50 gift certificates and cash prizes.  Michelle San Nicolas caught a 21 pound Wahoo for the first place cash prize of $150.  Trishia Panuelo’s Wahoo was 14 pounds earning her the second prize of $100.

Dave Spencer, Jr took first and second place prizes in the junior angler category, taking home a total of $150 cash and $50 in Blue Nile gift certificates. Both of his fish were Yellow Fin. One was 21.5 pounds and the other was 18.5 pounds.

The Pohnpei Library sold hot dogs and hamburgers to help them buy more books. Check out their revamped kid’s section which also received a nice donation from the U.S. Embassy.  Thanks to Uta, Cheryl and Mahbel for helping out.

Also we want to thank Bill, Virginia, Cel and all our volunteers on the dock and in the boom truck.  Additionally thanks to Mangrove Bay for hosting us.  We appreciate the use of the facility.

The club is trying to schedule one or two more tournaments this year.  Details on those will be released as information becomes available. Remember a membership to the Fishing Club this year is good for 2021 also.

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