HOFC Malta Ex­pe­ri­ence their first North African match fish­ing in Tu­nisia

Malta Independent - - Sport -

Nine an­glers from our club made the short trip to Tu­nisia for the very first time in Mal­tese sport fish­ing his­tory.

It was a well or­gan­ised event by Colmic Match Fish­ing Team, with 4 dif­fer­ent na­tions be­ing rep­re­sented on club level, but on a sin­gles com­pe­ti­tion level.

A great re­cep­tion from our Tu­nisian neigh­bours who cared for us all over dur­ing our 4 day stay and made ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble for us in­clud­ing sight­see­ing the old Me­d­ina and Tu­nis cen­tral area, the good tra­di­tional Tu­nisian food and for the best fresh baits avail­able in the area.

We also had the op­por­tu­nity to visit a lo­cal tackle store which was quite equipped and pro­vided all our lat­est things to pre­pare for the match.

The venue of the com­pe­ti­tion has never been fished be­fore so it was ex­pected to pro­vide good catches on a speed fish­ing tech­nique.

Quite a few ques­tions were be­ing raised among the Mal­tese an­glers on how the fish is go­ing to re­act in around 10 me­ters depth in the La Goulette cruise ter­mi­nal canal, but the good results we ob­tained proved how our an­glers are learn­ing more to adapt in­dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. In­fact it was quite a chal­lenge in the first casts to adapt to the strong cur­rent sit­u­a­tions we never ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cally in our in­land ports.

The match was fished on float fish­ing reg­u­la­tions with open baits and open hook sizes.

Us­ing a rod not big­ger than 8 me­ters and a reel is a def­i­nite must.

The match started 9am on Sun­day morn­ing not be­fore a great buf­fet break­fast more likely ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cally in a wed­ding re­cep­tion.

75 an­glers were reg­is­tered for the match so it was ex­pected to be a tough one for the Mal­tese club with the an­glers be­ing mixed in 5 dif­fer­ent sec­tions of 15 an­glers each.

In sec­tion A, Adrian Nel­son did good with a nice sec­tion win which earned him full points but was not enough on weight to earn him a place on the podium.

Noel Bal­dacchino in sec­tion B man­aged a sec­ond in sec­tion while Peter Paul in sec­tion C set­tled for a third in sec­tion.

The match was screened live and had in­cred­i­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore even in Euro­pean tour­na­ments.

Af­ter the match all the an­glers were in­vited to the pre­sen­ta­tion which in­cluded a nice tra­di­tional meal, some good tra­di­tional drinks, fruit, desserts and dif­fer­ent North African cof­fees.

In­ter­na­tional Ital­ian an­gler Zef­ferino Guidi won the match fol­lowed closely by his fel­low in­ter­na­tional an­gler Marco Rizzo, while third on the podium was the Ital­ian Giuseppe Buon­donne.

Af­ter the match ex­haus­tion re­ally showed on the Tu­nisian or­ga­niz­ing team who worked very hard to pro­vide one of the best by far tour­na­ments events or­gan­ised in the float fish­ing dis­ci­pline which is the most likely fish­ing tech­nique we prac­tice lo­cally.

Thanks goes to the nine Mal­tese an­glers who rep­re­sented both club and coun­try and shared this in­cred­i­ble nice ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mix­ing with the lo­cals and shar­ing the most im­por­tant mul­ti­cul­tural friend­ship which is the most im­por­tant mem­ory that will re­main for ever and ever as our first fish­ing match as a club in our neigh­bor coun­try Tu­nisia.

Thanks goes to our club founder Peter Paul Az­zopardi and Lawrence Pulis who be­lieved and made all the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions for our stay in this lovely neigh­bor­hood coun­try.

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