x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Fishing's lure of a world title

The prize catch of a place in the International Game Fish Association Offshore World Championships in Mexico will be up for grabs in the Fujairah Classic.

FUJAIRAH // The prize catch of a place in the International Game Fish Association Offshore World Championships in Mexico will be up for grabs in the Fujairah Classic, which starts today. Ten teams will compete in an event organisers hope will become established as one of the premier fishing events in the region. "Sport fishing can have major benefits to a country, all of which fit our tagline - sustainability though sport," said Bruce Fennessey, the tournament director.

"What that means is showing how sport fishing can boost tourism, youth development in sport, and benefit the local society. We want to build sports fishing in Fujairah, so we're focusing on environmental practise." The Classic, which is being run for the first time, will run for three days after a shotgun start at 5.30am. The winner will be whoever has caught the biggest fish by the end of the third day.

Prizes will also be awarded for the best female and junior angler, overal angler, boat and skipper. The biggest tuna will also be rewarded. Tournaments such as this can help the country connect with their sea-faring roots, according to Major Ahmed Ibrahim Mohammed Darak, managing director of the emirate's International Marine Club. "The aim of my generation, backed by the government and all the country's marine clubs, is to bring the youth back to the roots of their heritage," he said.

"Dhows and fishing are the natural life of all the UAE. People used to have fishing and agriculture. "Today there are too few people connected to the sea; it is not easy life - neither is agriculture - but it would be nice for the younger generation to know where they came from." @Email:emegson@thenational.ae Looking to hook tourists, s6