Published: Tuesday, 08 January 2019 02:13
Written by Bill Jaynes
By Pohnpei Fishing Club
December 1, 2018
Pohnpei—The Micronesia Conservation Trust, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market hosted the first ever “My Life My Responsibility” fishing tournament for members of the Pohnpei Fishing Club. 22 boats entered the tournament. Many wahoos were landed during the day but some anglers were successful with other species as well.
The tournament was a big fish tournament. The top five biggest fish received cash prizes with the grand prize being $350. There were also prizes for the three biggest fish in each species if there were more than three of each species caught. There were also three prizes for lady and junior angler.
CATEGORY A: BIGGEST FISH
Rayanna David $350 1st Place for Biggest Fish 33.5 yellowfin
Wilbur David $300 2nd Place for Biggest Fish 32.5 yellowfin
Dane Nighswander $250 3rd Place for Biggest Fish 26.0 wahoo
Kevin Ihara, Jr. $200 4th Place for Biggest Fish 25.0 wahoo
Kirino Olpet $150 5th Place for Biggest Fish 21.0 wahoo
CATEGORY B: BIGGEST SPECIES
Francisco Sohl $100 1st Place-Biggest Species 15.5
Rumina Kohler $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 5.5
Rumina Kohler $100 1st Place 12.0
Selino Maxin $25 PMK Voucher 2nd Place 8.5
Sendo Welsin $25 Fuel Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 8.5
Steve Finnen $50 Cash and $25 PMK Voucher 1st place- 20.0
Nelson Bartolome $50 Cash and $25 Fuel Voucher 1st place- 20.0
Nathan Glancy $25 PMK 3rd Place 18.0
Jimmy Obispo $100 1st Place 18.5
Santriko Ioanis $100 1st Place 9.0
Rayanna David $25 PMK Voucher and $25 Fuel Voucher 2nd Place 6.5
CATEGORY C: LADY ANGLER
Michelle Sannicolas $200 1st Place- 18.0 Wahoo
Lara Trott $150 2nd Place- 16.0 Wahoo
Maria Spegal 100 3rd Place- 15.0 Wahoo
CATEGORY D: JUNIOR
Gabby Edward $100 1st Place 16.5 Mahimahi
Junior Ioanis $75 2nd Place 15.0 Wahoo
Chris Edward 50 3rd Place 13.5 Wahoo
It was a great tourney and we want to thank the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, the Micronesia Conservation Trust and the Pohnpei Menin Katengensed Fish Market
Give a big round of applause to all the anglers who went out. We are also pleased to work in whatever way we can with the conservation groups involved and will wear the t-shirts to support conservation.
Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to a great 2019 for fishing.
Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:57
Written by Bill Jaynes
Bill Jaynes - The Kaselehlie Press
April 20, 2017
Pohnpei—Football (Soccer) coach Chris Smith is from Nottingham, England, the land of the character of medieval folklore, “Robin Hood”, who supposedly stole from the rich and gave to the poor. But Smith is neither an archer nor a swordsman. He doesn’t have a band of “Merry Men” but he does hope to foster a band of soccer players in Pohnpei. He is on his own, using his own money and the money of interested donors in order to continue the work of those who have gone before him to rekindle a love of soccer in Pohnpei, and to help provide a route for the sport to be followed for those who are interested in doing so.
He arrived in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 17, not having any clue what time it was or what day it was after having spent three and a half days traveling from the other side of the world. A few hours later, he was at the PICS field, face to face with 25 eager young soccer players.
“If there were a bunch of guys with this determination in England, they’d be going places,” he said. “First thing I noticed was, they are not pulling out of tackles. Yeah, the commitment can’t be questioned. I’m scared to play with those guys as someone who is managing an injury.” It was an ACL injury and several surgeries that took him out of game play. After several years of recovery and no injuries, just three weeks before he came to Pohnpei, he injured his knee again.
“But as far as these guys, they’re not scared of that. Half of them are in bare feet and half of them are in boots, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “But it’s that commitment though. They have no boots and the pitch is ‘that’ deep in water, they still do it. They still come out.”