HNSITT 2018 – Sept 22-26
Hi everyone, the registrations for the 2018 Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament took place from 3-5 p.m. on the South Battery Pier at Bishop’s Landing in Halifax on Friday the 21st of September. Fifteen Teams are currently signed up for registration in this year’s tournament.
The Captains’ meeting was held at Garrison Brewing 1149 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS. starting at 6:30 on the 21st, with a cash bar and munchies. Introductions and attendance were handles by our MC Ric Hattin. A representative of the IWK Children’s Hospital, Hillary Forsyth, thanked all of our participants and our organizing committee for the support and donations that our tournament has provided to the Hospital over the past 8 years. Chris Purcell covered Tuna handling for sales and outlined the process of swimming and bleeding the tuna that will be caught to maximize quality and the value of the fish for proceeds to the IWK. Fred Voegeli reviewed the fishing and DFO reporting rules for everyone.
In light of the nasty Gale Warning weather forecast for Saturday morning and through the day it had been decided that the official start of the tournament will be delayed until 08:00 on Sunday morning. This was announced by Fred at the Captain’s meeting to the relief of most of the participants we believe. We all want to get fishing but not at the risk of safety to our fishers.
A good time was had by all and with those formalities out of the way a shot gun start and the beginning of fishing will occur at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning the 23rd off Bishops Landing on the Halifax Waterfront.
Teams Entered this year:
|HNSITT Team Name||Captain Name||Boat Name|
|1||Ripley’s Believe IT||Calvin Ripley||Ripley’s Believe IT|
|2||Lobsters R Us||Jeffery Martell||Still Movin’ & Groovin’|
|3||Team Yamaha Marine||Gord Fraser||Century|
|4||Reel Knots||Greg Mombourquette,||Best for Les|
|5||No Time||Gerard Mombourquette||No Time|
|6||Gaffer||Fred Voegeli ,||Gaffer|
|7||Pier Pressure||Vic Heniss||Pier Pressure II|
|8||Team Contender||James Smith||Odyssey|
|10||Chasin’ Tail||Don Cameron||Nauticare|
|11||Halestorm||Derek Hale||Reel Deal|
|12||Shell Code||Travis Barlow||Delphi|
|13||Fisher King||Tor Conklin||Gilmaz|
|14||Castone||Chris Gibbs||Knot Enough Time|
|15||Fintastic Four||Art Gaetan||Knot 4 Sail|
2019 Results Summary:
Day 1 – Saturday (22nd) Results
No Fishing!! – Start delayed until Sunday due to Gale Warning in the approaches to Halifax Harbour which us where we fish.
Day 2 – Sunday (23rd) Results
Great day with calm seas and light winds and LOTS of fish. Eight fish in total were caught today with the largest being 812 lbs (369 kgm.) caught by Team Edge.
The first fish to the dock at Bishops Landing is awarded the Wayne Hoskins Memorial Trophy and this year that honor went to Team Contender and captain Jamie Smith with a 513 lb tuna landed at the dock at 12:03
Things then got very active on the dock with fish being offloaded throughout the afternoon in the following order:
2 – Team Yamaha Marine with captain Gordon Fraser – 381 lb Tuna
3 – Team No Time with captain Gerard Mombourquette – 337 lb Tuna
4 – Team Fisher King with captain Tor Conklin – 383 lb Tuna
5 – Team Halestorm with captain Derek Hale – 628 lb Tuna
6 – Team Chasin’ Tail with captain Don Cameron – 567 lb Tuna
7 – Team Fintastic Four with captain Art Gaetan – 475 lb Tuna
8 – Team Edge with captain David Edgecombe – 812 lb Tuna
Day 3- Monday (24th) Results
Strong NW winds in the early part of the day that died off later. Only 4 of the remaining 7 boats that hadn’t caught a fish on the first day were able to get out today. Late in the day team Lobster-R-Us with captain Jeffrey Martell landed the 9th fish of the tournament, a 555 lb Tuna.
Day 4- Tuesday (25th) Results
The tournament is officially over with the 10th fish being secured alongside the boat by Team Shell Code with Captain Travis Barlow around 13:00. They were at the wharf at Bishop’s Landing around 2 pm with a 371 lb Tuna.
All 10 tags have been used and the tournament is over for 2018. Thanks to all the participants for a great event.
Day 5- Wednesday (26th) Results
No Fishing, all tournament tags have been filled.
Closing ceremonies took place in the Lakeview Room at the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel on St Margaret’s Bay Rd. between 7 and 9 pm on Wednesday the 26th of September. Things started with many of the teams gathering and enjoying a drink or two and discussing the events of the past few days. This was followed by a great buffet style banquet that everyone enjoyed.
Ric Hattin then started off the presentations by re-capping the events of the tournament, lamenting the delayed start due to weather and moved on to generally describe the mayhem of the first days landings and the overall excitement of Sunday afternoon. The following days were a bit more subdued because of strong winds on Monday and 3 boats being sidelined due to mechanical and other issues. In summary a total of 5022 lbs round weight of tuna were landed in the three days of fishing once the tenth tag had been secured. He also noted that an eleventh fish was hooked up at the time Shell Code landed the 10th fish and Team Edge unfortunately had to be instructed to release that fish so that we didn’t exceed our allocated tag limit.
We were also informed that Chris Purcell of Oceanview Fisheries has processed and evaluated the fish and that it’s presently planned that eight of the fish will be shipped to Japan in the next few days for auction and two will be sold domestically. The fish proceeds tally will be posted when available in a week or two.
Just prior to the trophy awards Hillary Forsyth, Relationship Manager, Community & Corporate Giving at the IWK Foundation, gave a short presentation outlining how much they valued the efforts and donations that the Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament provides. We’re happy to be given the opportunity to do so.
On to the Trophy presentations.
Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy
The Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy to be given out each year to the Team that lands the first Bluefin to the dock at Bishop’s Landing for donation to the IWK.
The winning team for this year of the Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy was Team Contender and members Ross Argante and Thomas Poulsen were on hand to receive the trophy presented by Virginia Hoskin and her son David.
At this point the agenda moved on to the awards for the winning teams.
First Place: Team Edge – 812 lb Bluefin
Team members: Jeff Potter , Ben Maloney , Peter Maloney , Dave Edgecombe , Dave Greenwood
Second Place: Team Halestorm – 628 lb Bluefin
Team Members: Derek Hale, Mark Wilber, Mike Findley, Matt Gates, Reagn Henneberry, Craig Isener
Third Place: Team Chasin’ Tail – 567 lb Bluefin
Team Members: Don Cameron, Erick Gaudet, Tyler Rutledge, Keith Sawlor
The winning Team will also received a 1st place Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament keeper trophy along with an invitation to the Offshore World Championship Tournament in Quepos, Costa Rica which will be held April 28th to May 3rd, 2019.
Special thanks to Develop Nova Scotia for providing a great venue and Oceanview Fisheries for bait, fish processing and marketing as well as to all of our sponsors and donors for their support.
Particular thanks to our volunteers: Bob and Nadia Moore, Peter Simpkin, Biruta Heniss, Peter Silarajs and Ric Hattin. Without this support our board wouldn’t be able to organize and run the tournament, and also have the opportunity to actually fish in it.
Below are the fish proceeds results for the 2018 catch. Oceanview Fisheries handled marketing and shipping of all fish with a minimal charges for out of pocket costs to maximize donations to the IWK. Net Price per Pound is market less the averaged shipping and handling cost for all fish.
Total proceeds including the Cash donations, Auctions, Bait Sales and the portion of Registration Fees donated to the IWK amounted to $ 61,737.62 for the 2018 tournament.
On the 27th of November 2018 the Board of Directors along with Chris Purcell of Oceanview Fisheries presented a cheque in the amount of $61,737.62 t0 Hillary Forsyth the Relationship Manager, Community & Corporate Giving of the IWK Foundation in front of the donor board sail in the lobby of the IWK hospital. This brings the HTTS 8 year cumulative donations to a total of $349,314.76 from running the Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament. We wish the IWK all the best and thank all participants and sponsors for their hard work and generosity to make this year a great success.