IN NOVEMBER 2012 JAMIE from the HOOKED team was invited to take part in the second Maldivian Game Fishing Challenge (MGFC). Organized by the Maldivian Game Fishing Association, 15 participants from all over the world – from Singapore and Japan to US, Canada and Australia – came together to try and catch the largest billfish from the crystal-clear waters around the island.

The MGFC’s aims are twofold: firstly, to promote sustainable fishing in the Maldives and all around the world, and secondly, to change the popular perception that the Maldives is not a good place for game fishing. Endorsed by the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA), the entire tournament was held with strict adherence to IGFA rules.

With game fishing legend Bob Lowe acting as the chief judge for the tournament and Maldivian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Honourable Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor as VVIP of the tournament, the tournament was wildly successful: a total of 120 fishes were hooked up over the course of the three day event, but it was Hussein Naseem – a local Maldivian – who walked away with the grand prize. A good time was had by all, with much song, laughter and good food – provided by Chef Jerome, executive chef of Prestige Foods, who was specially flown in for the event – shared by everyone.

Special thanks to Mr Ibrahim Nasheed, owner of the 33ft Proline “Michelle”, whose boat we were using for the entire MGFC; and Ms Tiffany Bond from Prestige Foods, who had so kindly extended the event invitation to the HOOKED team.

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