SIFT2015 : 85KG GIANT GROUPER FOR THE WIN!

SIFT 2015 CHAMPION Ker Chin Cheang (Labuan) with his 85kg Giant Grouper who walked away with RM25,000, trophy & gold medal as well as rod, reel & braided line.

SIFT 2015 CHAMPION
Ker Chin Cheang (Labuan) with his 85kg Giant Grouper who walked away with RM25,000, trophy & gold medal as well as rod, reel & braided line.

For local angler Ker Chin Cheang, winning the ‘heaviest fish’ award at the recent Sabah International Fishing Tournament on April 26, 2015 is a fish story he will not soon forget!

Ker, from Labuan received the RM25,000 first prize win with his whopping 85kg Giant Grouper which he caught in Terumbu Layang-Layang, Labuan (about 20 hours from Kota Kinabalu). The champion angler used tuna meat as bait and took 30 minutes to reel up the fish with help from members on the boat.

Check out some of the photo highlights :

WE'RE READY!! About 100 avid local and international anglers took part in SIFT2015 with 10 from Macau, 6 from Brunei, 2 from Australia, 1 from Dubai, Kuwait and Singapore, 12 from Labuan.

WE’RE READY!!
About 100 avid local and international anglers took part in SIFT2015 with 10 from Macau, 6 from Brunei, 2 from Australia, 1 from Dubai, Kuwait and Singapore, 12 from Labuan.

FLAG OFF! The annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament organised by Sabah Anglers Association flagged off 9 boats from Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club jetty on April 22, 2015.

FLAG OFF!
The annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament organised by Sabah Anglers Association flagged off 9 boats from Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club jetty on April 22, 2015.

WHAT A CATCH! YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board with the President of Sabah Anglers Association YBhg Datuk Wilfred Lingham (left) inspects the fishes during the judging process.

WHAT A CATCH!
YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board with the President of Sabah Anglers Association YBhg Datuk Wilfred Lingham (left) inspects the fishes during the judging process.

CONGRATULATIONS! (L to R): 1st Runner up Winner Lim Seong Keng from Tawau, Champion Ker Chin Cheang from Labuan, YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, YBhg Datuk Wilfred Lingham, Rick Blackie and 2nd Runner Up Winner Fong Ka Meng from Macau.

CONGRATULATIONS!
(L to R): 1st Runner up Winner Lim Seong Keng from Tawau, Champion Ker Chin Cheang from Labuan, YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, YBhg Datuk Wilfred Lingham, Rick Blackie and 2nd Runner Up Winner Fong Ka Meng from Macau.

The tournament themed ‘Save Our Seas’ practiced the ‘catch and release’ for all bill fish caught and strictly banned the catch of giant wrasse, rays and sharks. All participants who managed to catch bill fish were required to measure the length and width as well as provide photographic evidence to the organiser which was governed by the local rules together with the International Game Fish Associaton (IGFA) rules.

Here’s the tournament results:

Champion (RM25,000.00 + Trophy & Gold Medal + Rod, Reel & Braided Line)
Name: Ker Chin Cheang (Labuan)
Species: Giant Grouper
Weight: 85kg

2nd Place (RM10,000.00 + Trophy & Silver Medal + Rod, Reel & Braided Line)
Name: Lim Seong Keong (Tawau)
Species: Giant Grouper
Weight: 78kg

3rd Place(RM5,000.00 + Trophy & Bronze Medal + Rod, Reel & Braided Line)
Name: Fong Ka Meng (Macau)
Species: Dog Tooth Tuna
Weight: 34.2kg

4th Place(RM500.00 + Medal + Fishing Tackles)
Name: Leung Kam Yeung (Macau)
Species: Dog Tooth Tuna
Weight: 33.4kg

5th Place(RM500.00 + Medal + Fishing Tackles)
Name: Wu Kuong Meng (Macau)
Species: Dog Tooth Tuna
Weight: 31kg

6th Place(RM500.00 + Medal + Fishing Tackles)
Name: Eric Ling Yee Kiat (Tawau)
Species: Dog Tooth Tuna
Weight: 24.1kg

All winning fishes were auctioned at the Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club on April 26, 2015 and a total of RM3,830.00 were collected. The SIFT organiser will present the collection to the selected beneficiary at a later date.

As the Venue Provider, we are very proud to be part of this successful annual event together with main sponsor Sabah Tourism Board and co-sponsors of Summer Cruise Holidays, TCE Tackles, Parexgroup Sdn. Bhd. as well as Sabah Fishing Tackles Supplies with support from the Malaysian Royal Navy.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS and we look forward to seeing you at the next Sabah International Fishing Tournament!

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