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Anglers ready for Naha Mayor's Cup

Date Posted: 2012-02-24

The fishing yarns and tall tales begin being told Friday evening at the Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort on Friday evening, but the real excitement begins before dawn Saturday with the Naha Mayor Cup Okinawa International Fishing Tournament 2012.

A total of 400 fishermen will head out on three different courses to compete in the day-long tournament, with competition broken into both shore casting and light jigging.

The shore casting takes place in an Edging Battle for giant cuttlefish and oval squid. Amami Island course and a third Tokashiki Course. Boats leave Tomari Harbor at 9 a.m. for the treks to Zamami and Tokashiki. Some 200 will compete on the mainland course, with another 100 each on Zamami and Tokashiki courses.

More intense action takes place with the Jigging Battle, going after any fish in the ocean except for sharks, squid, octopus, crab, shrimp, moray or fugu. The jigging battle, the most expensive of the competitions with an entry fee of 12,000, takes place off the Kerama Island at a depth of 20-50 meters. The jigging battle is limited to 100 participants.

Fishing closes at 5:35 p.m., and the measuring and weigh in activities take place at Tomari Harbor. The award ceremony, charity raffle and auction at the Tomarin Open Space starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Sunday has been set aside as a reserve day for the tournament.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each competition, with top awards being a tour to Tokyo or Okinawa, and fishing equipment from major manufacturers. Capping the tournament will be a victory party at the Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha, with fish soup and squid-sumi soup prepared by hotel chefs using fish taken during the tournament. The dishes will be served to both entrants and local residents.

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