A total of 24 fishers in casting category participated at the first Vamos Fishing Tournament facilitated by San Carlos Anglers and City Tourism Office on July 2 at Park Marina.
Participants hailed from different cities and municipalities including La Libertad, Bacolod, Guihulngan, Dumaguete, Kabangkalan, Sipalay and Alegria Municipality in Cebu to attend the said activity with a registration fee of P150.
James Labor, Chairman of SC Anglers happily said that many had attended, especially those who came from neighboring cities and islands just to support them and the city in their first ever fishing tournament.
Homer Tabanao of La Libertad won 1st place who first caught the 130 grams Crescent Grunter and received P3,000 followed by Geper Nalam of Dumaguete City as 2nd placer with his 130 grams Baracuda and a special award for the most fishes caught who also received P2,000 and a fishing reel while Michael Calpoporo of Bacolod City placed 3rd and received P1,000.
Tabanao of Brother’s of the Hook Team shared that it’s his first time to enter and win in said fishing competition.
He shared that to be an angler you need to have patience as a virtue in fishing; camarederie especially in going along with newly met people; and environmentally responsible where he returned small caught fishes and cleaned up when he sees spots or waste materials on the waters.
Ariel Libre also received a special award for the most catch in live bait. Winners also received trophies and fishing gears that consists of reel, braided line, and fishing lures.
Labor said the said fishing tournament was long planned but due to the pandemic they weren’t able to push through until now that the city had adjusted to the new normal to celebrate this 62nd Charter Day anniversary.
Labor extended his gratitude to the city official especially Mayor Renato Gustilo for supporting their first tournament. He also hoped that they will once again support them in their future tournaments that will likely happen on November during the Pintaflores Festival.