PHUKET: The annual “Yamu Night Fishing Game” kicks off tomorrow morning.
The annual competition, aimed at promoting local fishing traditions in the area, is put on by Paklok Subdistrict Municipality (OrBorTor
“Only those fishing from longtail boats with local fishing equipment are allowed to participate. However, both Thais and foreigners are welcome to get involved,” said Paklok Public Relation staffer Samart Sensai.
“If you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one from us for 2,000 baht.”
Enrollment per team of up to five people is 1,000 baht, with only one team allowed per boat.
Registration runs from 8am to 10am Saturday, with teams departing from Yamu Point at 10:15am and not weighing in their catch until noon Sunday.
Trophies will be handed to the top three contenders in a variety of categories: fish living at the surface (total weight); fish living on the seafloor (weight); sharks and rays (weight); fish caught with a fishing pole (weight); fish caught with a fishing net (weight); other (weight); and unique fish.
There will also be an award for “Great Captain,” which will be given to the man or woman who has led his or her team in bring in the greatest haul. Additionally, there will be a sportsmanship award.
"Though the OrBorTor
only has trophies for the teams, the event can be good for competitors' pockets when it comes time to auction everything off," said Mr Samart.
Saturday evening while the fishermen are away, there will be a market at Yamu Point accompanied by stage performances and other entertainment, said Mr Samart, with festivities to run from 5pm to 11pm.
“A 5pm on Sunday, we’ll start the partying again, as well as announce the winners on stage,” Mr Samart said.
“We had 50 teams join us last year. This year, we’re hoping for even more – everyone is welcome.”