HNSITT  2019 – Sept 13-17

Hi everyone, the registrations for the 2019 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 Thursday the 12th of September.  Eleven Teams are currently signed up for registration in this year’s tournament.

Registration Trailer setup on Bishops Landing.

Registration and some of the tournament boats along the wharf.

The Captains’ meeting was held at Garrison Brewing 1149 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS. starting at 6:30 on the 13th, with an open bar and munchies donated by Greg and Gerard Mombourquette. 

Garrison Breweries Captains Meeting Venue

Fred Voegeli MC’d the Captains meeting welcoming everyone from our eleven teams this year and reviewed all the fishing rules for this years tournament.  Hillary Forsyth our contact representative from the IWK Children’s Hospital Foundation also gave a welcoming to all participants and thanked us for our contributions over the past 8 years.  She also told us about some of the children that our efforts have helped.

A good time was had by all and with those formalities out of the way a shot gun start and the beginning of fishing occurred at 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning the 13th off Bishops Landing on the Halifax Waterfront.

Bishops Landing and boats getting set up for the start.


Milling for the start

We’ve Started


2019 HITT Start


Teams Entered this year:

  Team Name Captain Vessel Name
1 Chasing Tail Don Cameron NautiCare
2 Contender James Smith Contender
3 Gaffer Fred Voegeli Gaffer
4 Team Edge Dave Edgecombe BLU
5 Castone Construction Chris Gibbs Knot Enough Time
6 Ripley’s Believe It Calvin Ripley Ripley’s Believe It
7 Halestorm Derek Hale Reel Deal
8 Shellcode Travis Barlow Delphi
9 Fin-Addict-Five Art Gaetan Knot For Sale
10 No Time Gerard Mombourquette  No Time
11 Fired Up Gordon Faser Fired Up

2019 Results Summary:

Day 5 Final Leader Board


 Day 1 – Friday(13th) Results

First day started out with strong northerly winds and very cool, but settled into a nice afternoon with 10-12 kt winds.  There were a total of 4 hookups but only Team Gaffer managed to land a fish near the end of the day and get in it to the dock.

Team Gaffer with their 442 lb first day catch.

 Day 2 – Saturday(14th) Results

Day 2 started off very cool with 1.5 degree C temperatures but warmed up nicely through the day.  Initially winds were light in the morning but freshened to about 15-18 knots later in the day.  7 teamed managed to hook up through the day with 4 fish landed and unfortunately the other 3 teams lost their fish.

Team Reel Deal captained by Derek Hale with their 362lb fish.

Team Contender captained by Jamie Smith with their 365lb fish.

Team No Tim captained by Gerard Mombourqette with their 434 lb fish.

And after an epic 9 hour battle and a late arrival at the dock.

Team Edge captained by Dave Edgecomb with their monster 772 lb fish.


Day 3- Sunday (15th) Results

Day 3 came in wet and blustery with strong south westerlies predicted in the 20 kts. with gusts to 30 kts.  Only two boats ventured out and Team Fin Addict 5 managed to get two hook ups however they were not able to secure the fish.

Day 4- Monday(16th) Results

Day 4 came in with generally clear skies and moderate 8-15 kt winds out of the west.  9 boats ventured out to try their luck and Team Contender managed to land a 215 lb tuna and teams No Time and Ripley’s Believe It managed some hook ups but were unable to secure the fish.

Team Contender captained by Jamie Smith with their Monday 215 lb fish

Note: This tuna was sold locally to the Sushi Nami Restaurant and you can try some really fresh tuna if you so desire.

  Day 5- Tuesday(17th) Results

Day 5 came in with broken cloud and NW winds that increased through the day to approximately 20 kts by the early afternoon.  Two fish were caught through the day bringing the total fish caught during the tournament to eight.

Team No Time with only two persons on board managed to hook and land a monster 852 lb tuna that set a new record for the Halifax International Tuna Tournament over out 9 year history.

Team No Time Captained by Gerard Mombourquette with their 852 lb tuna

Team Gaffer also landed a 494 lb tuna arriving at the dock in mid afternoon as the final catch of this years tournament.

Team Gaffer captained by Fred Voegeli with their 2nd fish at 494lbs

The competitive tournament ended with a total of 8 fish caught for the IWK during the five day event.

Post Tournament Fishing Updates

As only 8 fish were caught during the scheduled tournament, our DFO license conditions allowed boats who desired to continue fishing for up to an additional 5 days, or until our limit of 10 tuna (tags) were caught.  Proceeds going to the IWK.

The last two fish were caught by Team Fin-Addict Five captained by Art Gaetan. On Thursday September 19 with that  fish weighing 564 lbs, and again on Friday September 20th with their second fish weighing 627 lbs. 

On the 20th Team Contender was also hooked up with a fish at the time Art secured his fish and they had to cut their fish off once notified to avoid exceeding our 10 tag limit.

So again this year we have managed to catch our total 10 tag limit for the IWK.  Congratulations all.


Even before the closing ceremonies Chris Purcell of Oceanview had managed to sell Team Contenders Monday 215 lb. tuna locally to the Sushi Nami Resaurant in Halifax.  It received $10 a pound for the dressed fish (approc 165 lbs).

Contenders fish being prepared at SushiNami.

Some of the prepared Tuna


Hungry Yet. Looks great to me ;<)





















Closing Ceremonies:

The 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 Tuesday the 17th of September. 

2019 HITT Tournament Trophies

Fred Voegeli acted as this year’s MC and after welcoming all the participants and thanking them for all their efforts.  Fred introduced Hillary Forsyth the Relationship Manager, Community & Corporate Giving at the IWK Foundation.

MC Fred Voegeli introducing Hillary Forsyth from the IWK Foundation

Hillary again gave a sincere thanks to the entire group for our contributions to the IWK for this year and over the past 9 years.

Hillary Forsyth thanking our Tournament Participants for our efforts

With the introduction and initial formalities out of the way it’s on to the Trophy presentations.

Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy

The Wayne Hoskin Memorial Trophy is 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 Gaffer captained by our MC Fred Voegeli.  The trophy was presented by Victoria and David Hoskin.

Wayne Hoskin Trophy being presented to Fred Voegeli by Victoria and David Hoskin along with our President Vic Hennis

Team Gaffer consisting (from left) George Wilson, Fred Voegeli, Drew Voegeli, John Lewis and Bill Currie, (Jim Wilson and Derek Voegeli not present)

At this point the agenda moved on to the awards for the winning teams.

First Place:  Team No Time – 852 lb. Tuna.

Team Members: Gerard Mombourquette, Patricia Martell, Gerry Chrochene, Greg Mombourquette and Dave Doucette.

Chronicle Herald Trophy – Team No Time: Gerard Mombourquette, Gerry Chrochene, Patricia Martell and Dave Doucette

Team No Time with the HITT 1st Place keeper trophy

Second Place:  Team Edge – 772 lb Tuna

Team Members: Dave Edgecombe, Jeff Potter, Jim Lawley, Peter Maloney and Dave Greenwood

2nd Place Team Edge: Dave Edgecombe (not present),  Ben Maloney, Jeff Potter, Dave Greenwood, Peter Maloney and Jim Lawley

Third Place: Team Gaffer – 494 lb Tuna

Team Members: Fred Voegeli, Andrew Voegeli, Derek Voegeli, Jim Wilson, John Lewis, Bill Currie and George Wilson

3rd Place Team Gaffer: John Lewis, George Wilson, Fred Voegeli, Drew Voegeli and Bill Currie



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 19th to the 24th, 2020.

Team No Time with their Offshore World Championship 2020 invitation

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 & Nadia Moore, Vic & Biruta Hennis, Peter Simpkin and Peter Silarajs,

Volunteer manning the trailer: Bob Moore, Vic Hennis and Peter Silarajs

Volunteers Bob & Nadia Moore at the closing ceremonies



Below are the fish proceeds results for the 2019 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 $ 59,853.68 for the 2019 tournament.


On Saturday the 21st we were informed that at least one of our fish had made it to Japan already. The tuna in the photo below is one of the IWK tuna and it is being used to teach school children in Japan about tuna…How cool is that!

IWK Tuna being used to teach school children in Japan



On the 6th of November 2019 the Board of Directors along with Chris Purcell of Oceanview Fisheries presented a cheque in the amount of $ 59,853.68 to Hillary Forsyth the Relationship Manager, Community & Corporate Giving of the IWK Foundation in front of the IWK Hospital Entrance.  This brings the HTTS 9 year cumulative donations to a total of $ 409,168.44 from running of the  Halifax Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament.  We wish the IWK all the best and thank all participants, volunteers and sponsors for their hard work and generosity to make this year another great success.

Cheque Presentation: Bill Curry, Hillary Forsyth, Chris Purcell and John Lewis. Photo by Vic Heniss.