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Samoa gears up for 2023 International Game Fishing Tournament

Apia, Samoa – April 22, 2023: The Samoa International Game Fishing Association (SIGFA) is gearing up for one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year – the 2023 International Tournament. From April 29th to May 6th, 2023, Samoa, will play host to anglers from around the world for this highly-anticipated competition. 

The upcoming tournament is expected to be an exciting and competitive event, drawing in 30 boats with four vessels traveling from American Samoa. Local and international anglers hailing from countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand will gather at the Apia Marina to showcase their skills and vie for the coveted national championship title. 

To commence the festivities, registration will take place on Saturday, April 29th, between 1 pm and 2 pm at the SIGFA headquarters located in the Apia Marina. A briefing for participants is scheduled from 2.30pm – 3pm followed by the opening ceremony at 3.05pm with special guest, Honorable Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa who will officially open the tournament. 

On the first day of the fishing competition, which is set to begin on Monday, May 1st, participants will gear up for an exhilarating experience with a shotgun start at 7:30 am. The open tournament will continue until Friday, May 5th, with weigh-in time set for 5 pm each day. Daily prize-giving ceremonies will take place between 7 pm and 8 pm. 

Women will also play an integral role in the tournament, with a ladies-only competition scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd. While the event is primarily focused on the competition, it also provides an opportunity for anglers to build friendships and connections within the international fishing community. 

This year’s tournament is particularly significant, as it not only welcomes back international anglers after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic but it will also serve as a qualifying event for the prestigious Offshore World Championship Tournament (OWC) held in Costa Rica, with the winners of the SIGFA 2023 International Tournament invited to apply to register their team to compete in the 2024 OWC tournament. 

The recently elected President of SIGFA, Vaughan Simpson said the association is looking forward to welcoming all the participants and supporters to Samoa next week for the event.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the 2023 SIGFA International Tournament in Samoa, one of the best fishing grounds in the world” said Mr Simpson. “This annual event is not only significant for the local anglers as our national championship, but also for the international anglers who come from all over the world to participate. We’re especially excited to have the tournament serve as a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship Tournament in Costa Rica, and we can’t wait to see who will come out on top this year.” 

“We are grateful to our main sponsors Apia Concrete Products (ACP), Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA) and Taula Beverages for their ongoing support in making this tournament possible. Their contributions and the immense support of our local business community have been instrumental in ensuring that we can continue to host this event for local anglers and the international community. We are excited to showcase Samoa’s unique natural beauty and outstanding game fishing opportunities to the world, and look forward to welcoming participants and visitors to this special event.” 

In addition to the main sponsors, the SIGFA International Tournament 2023 is made possible by the generous support of the Samoa Tourism Authority, Samoa Commercial Bank, National Bank of Samoa, ANZ Bank, Pacific Forum Line, Ca’bella Construction, Swire Shipping, Penn and Co, BDO Samoa, Elaine’s Quality Furnishings, and Troppo Fishing Adventures, Le Well, Tanoa Samoa Ltd plus so many more local entities. 

For more information about the tournament and the amazing sponsors please visit www.sigfa.ws or follow the official SIGFA Facebook page @Samoa International Game Fishing Association-SIGFA or contact Olivia Vaai via email: sigfaclub@gmail.com 

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