Fishing is a popular pastime in Belize, and many of those living in San Pedro Town enjoy the hobby. Â People might be even more inclined to give fishing a chance after a local fishing team won second place at the Mahahual Wahoo fishing tournament in Mexico.
The annual ÂWahoo de PlataÂ fishing contest in Mahahual is a popular competition that attracts fishing teams from numerous nations. Â This year, the Johnny Quest team from Ambergris Caye traveled to Mexico to compete in the event on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st. Â The six local fishermen joined more than 150 others, including the Belizean Anglers, as the Tequila Beach Resort in Mexico took the passionate fishermen out on 49 vessels.
Gaining the first place title in the second annual event was MMM Que Tiene. Â Led by Mexican captain Azael Jimenez, the team managed to capture a hefty sum of fish and gain 588.5 points. Â They scooped the top prize trophy and won a 2013 pickup truck for their endeavors. Â Coming in a very respectable second place, Belizean Michael Hancock captained the Johnny Quest team. Â They took the second position with 285 points, gaining both the recognition of the title and a very welcome $75,000 Pesos (Bze $11,397.94). Â Meanwhile, third and fourth place went to La Dona and Seas Star respectively, with the former team winning a 17-foot skiff and the latter team, a motorcycle. Â Michael Hancock also won an individual prize for catching the largest wahoo, with this fish weighing a whopping 28.55 pounds.
Talking of the competition, Johnny Quest team member Emmanuel Samos explained that the second dayÂs fishing was the teamÂs better. Â ÂWe concentrated and fished near Cayo Lobo off Banco Chinchoro on both days and we were lucky. Â We caught three wahoos on each of the two days but on the second day we landed the largest wahoo. We are happy that from the two Belizean teams, at least one was able to do exceptional and make a good name for the country. Â It is a win for San Pedro as well as for the rest of Belize.Â
The Ambergris Caye team has certainly brought the focus back to fishing, and many of those in the local community might be encouraged to take up the sport.