Last Saturday, 315 fishing enthusiasts gathered at Pasir Ris Beach Park for the Singapore Surf Cast Fishing Competition 2014.
Despite the heavy downpour, the anglers pressed on for eight hours, vying for the top prize of S$2,000 cash, a fishing rod and a trophy, Berita Harian reported.
The competition also attracted Malaysian participants as well.
Many of the anglers spent the previous night in tents at Car Park A of the venue.
The winning catch of the day was a 1.8kg stingray, hauled up by Maa’rof Ngadirin from Johor.
Landing a 1.15kg stingray of her own, Syafiqah Mohd Daud, 24, emerged top of the women’s category, and went home with S$500, a fishing rod and a trophy.
The little ones were not left out of the fun, with Mohamad Rifqi Safiy Mohd Indra, 8, catching a modest-sized catfish and winning the same prizes as the women’s category for topping his age group.
“I’m extremely pleased to be taking part in this competition. Despite the rain, the atmosphere is still very alive,” participant Azman Ramli, 47, told the Malay newspaper.
Founder of the Singapore Surf Cast Club (SSCC) and co-organiser of the competition, Ramzie Ramzan, was delighted at the participants’ tenacity to brave the downpour.
He said: “It’s an encouragement to organise a similar event in the future.”
Zainal Sapari, member of the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, was the guest of honour for the event.
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