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Phuket’s Wahoo sport fishing contest draws record entries

FISHING: More than 30 boat teams have registered for Thailand’s biggest-ever game fishing contest, the Wahoo Thailand 2013 Sport Fishing Tournament, which gets underway in just over a week, from February 19.

Thursday 7 February 2013, 09:39AM

This year’s Wahoo tournament, organised by the Rawai Beach Sport Fishing Club (RBFC), has attracted more entries than ever from around the world, not least because of the rich prize purse.

Thirty vessels are already booked and teams are coming from as far afield as Canada, South Africa, Finland, Dubai, Oman, France, Germany and Australia, on top of more “local” teams from the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and, of course, Thailand.

“After the 2013 Tournament we will have over 150 official members,” said the RBFC’s tournament organizer Warren Crowe. “Not bad for a small club based in the southernmost tip of this idyllic tropical island.”

He stressed that any visitor looking to go fishing is guaranteed a warm welcome: “Should you require any help in choosing a suitable vessel to fit your budget, please feel free to contact us at

“Have a cocktail on the beach at our picturesque clubhouse and plan your next black marlin trip or fly fishing trip for pacific sailfish,” he said.

The club is also online at and its website at

RBFC was formed in 2009 by four like-minded anglers over a few cold beers, and has received backing from game fishing specialists Wahoo Charters, who have sponsored the International Game Fish Association in Asia for more than three years.

The club practices catch, tag and release of billfish, with the emphasis on conservation and helping the next generation appreciate what has been put in place, a first for this part of the world.

As well as Wahoo Charters, the tournament sponsors are: The Phuket News, Live 89.5 FM, International Rig &Equipment, Professional Portfolio International, Singha Beer, Wine Connection, Kan Eang @ Pier Restaurant, Phuket Fish Boat, Andaman Fishing Adventures, Thai2on, 4 REEL, Walkabout Bar, Lady Pies, Nikitas Rawai, Rawai Palms Beach Resort, Phuket Fish Park, Sea King Divers, Marine Life, PSD, PMA, Siam Real Estate, OZ Tsunami Lures, ICON Nightclub, PPRE and the Rawai Beach Sport Fishing Club.



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