Solo Kayak Fisherman Takes on big Game Boats in International Fishing Competition

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This week an Australian solo kayak fisherman will create history as the first kayak to compete against a fleet of international game fishing boats in the 16th Samoa International Game Fishing Association tournament to be held in Samoa.

In what will be a true David and Goliath story, this week an Australian man known only as “The offFISHal Angler” will enter the record books as the first solo kayak fisherman to compete in the Samoa International Game Fishing Association International (SIGFA) Tournament.

The 16th Tournament of the SIGFA commences on the 30th of April and will be officially opened by Samoa’s Prime Minister. The tournament concludes on the 4th of May with a formal closing ceremony to be held in Apia, Samoa on the 5th of May.

In his Hobie Adventure Island kayak by the same name, The ofFISHal Angler will compete against a flotilla of thirty three big game fishing boats, fifteen of which have be shipped to Samoa from overseas in order to compete in the world renowned competition. Samoa is well known for its spectacular game fishing waters and competitors will be battling it out for their share of marlin, sailfish, masi-masi and tuna. This year the competition will see a record cash prize pool is particularly significant as the year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of independence for the Independent State of Samoa.

The ofFISHal Angler will skipper his 18 foot Hobie Adventure Island kayak, equipped with a sail, GPS, marine radios and fish finder, through some of the most challenging waters in the world navigating large swells, constant tropical heat and in the event of a significant hook-up, fierce battles with some of the biggest and fastest fish in the ocean.

“To catch a significant fish, in an international game fishing competition as a solo kayak fisherman has been a life-long goal. I’m confident that this vessel will assist me in handling the conditions out there in the Pacific Ocean, but I’m also aware that there are always risks attached to these adventures. My goal is to remain safety conscious, competitive and to use the stealth of the kayak to achieve a great result against the big game boats. I’m extremely excited as I know this will be a massive solo adventure,” The ofFISHal Angler said.

The ofFISHal Angler’s Hobie vessel is fitted with a range of high definition waterproof movie and still cameras to capture all the action. “There are lots of stories about the one that got away, so if I am successful and hook a huge fish, I’ll have solid proof by way of footage. The footage will also be used to make a documentary about the whole experience,” The ofFISHal Angler said.

The ofFISHal Angler’s adventure will be supported by the online fishing charter search and booking website, and a nightly Blog will be maintained during the competition which can also be followed at

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