By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY — Filipino anglers dominated the recently concluded 11th Siargao World Game Fishing Tournament in the Pacific Ocean facing town of Pilar, in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.
The event, which was held April 12 to 16, was participated in by at least 64 professional anglers from the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, UK, Mexico, Germany, Singapore, Norway, Hungary, Spain and other European and Asian countries.
Filipino angler Mar Lonzon had the highest overall catch in the tourney, garnering a total catch of 44.1 kilograms (kg) in biggest Sailfish Category.
Two other Filipinos Ricardo Soler and Franklin Ching landed second and third with 32.55 kg. and 32.25 kg., respectively.
In the Giant Trevally (Takitok) Category, Korean angler Tony Jung, got the biggest catch with 5.8 kg. while Filipino anglers Rob Perez and Jovy Ancheta came in second and third, with 5.75 kg and 3.7 kg, respectively.
In the Wahoo (Tanguige) Category, Japanese angler Michel Kawai got the biggest catch with 14.5 kg while Filipino angler Joseph Lee, got second place with 9.3 kg and another Filipino angler Many Joaquin was third with 6.35 kg.
In Dorado Category, Filipino anglers bagged all the podium places with Edgardo Delantar, Recardo Soler, Jr. and Randall Stenette coming in first, second and third, with hauls of 10.8 kg, 9.35 kg. and 9 kg., respectively.
It was also an all-Filipino affair in the Others Catch Category with Delantar emerging on top anew with a haul of 41.4 kg. Marfenio Tan and Ching came in second and third, respectively.