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Top Angler Trinkler Puts Fiji On World Map

  North Sydney’s George Trinkler is adamant he will represent Team Fiji in next year’s Offshore World Championship Sport Fishing Tournament in Quepos, Costa Rica. The 50-year-old scooped the overall
02 Jun 2016 10:22
Top Angler Trinkler Puts Fiji On World Map
Fiji Classic Billfish Tournament winner Scott O'Connor, Mike Hennessy, James Thackeray, George Trinkier, Steve Haygarth. Photo: Offshore World Championship

 

North Sydney’s George Trinkler is adamant he will represent Team Fiji in next year’s Offshore World Championship Sport Fishing Tournament in Quepos, Costa Rica.

The 50-year-old scooped the overall top angler award with an impressive 3600 points ahead of two Brazilian anglers in the 2016 Offshore World Championship.

Team Fiji, which consisted of Mike Hennessy, James Thackeray, Scott O’Connor, Steve Haygarth and Trinkler, finished eighth overall in Costa Rica.

“Definitely an awesome experience to fly the Fijian flag especially when you competing with 320 anglers from 30 different countries,” Trinkler said.

“I guess this has placed Fiji on the international map with the sport of gamefishing and tourism as a whole. Interestingly people at the event did not even know where Fiji and Australia was.

“It was abuzz on the social media as people asking how’s the competition is especially when you are in the top four after day two.”

Team Fiji made their qualifying entry through the Fiji Classic Bill Fish tournament which was at the Denarau Gamefishing Club signature competition in November, last year.

“I have been competing at the Fiji Classic for couple of years and it has been an interesting tournament to date.”

Team member O’Connor said team work was what that made them successful.

“It took a lot of perseverance when contesting with the best fishermen from around the world. Our second year to participate in this competition and it was great and fun but it was also quite a difficult contest since top countries like Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand also participated,” he said.

DGSFC president Mark Ellison said, “This is a great testament to Fiji, and we have our name up there on top of the world for gamefishing, which shows the depth of fishing we have in Fiji. This is a big boost for the club and it comes with tourism as well which is very important for Fiji.”

He added that in November the DGSFC would again host the three-day Fiji Classic, with the winner again qualifying for the Offshore World Championship.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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