The Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge celebrated its 46th birthday in style as 12 teams competed for the 2018 title. After two great days on the water, the third day had to be cancelled due to inclement weather, so the results from the first two days became official. The hardware was handed out on Saturday evening (Sept 22) at the closing banquet and dinner at the Eastern King’s Community Centre.
Team C Lions from Granby, Quebec were crowned the Champions along with their Captain Ernie MacPhee and Mate Steve MacPhee of Ernie’s Charter Fishing on board the vessel known as Lefthander! The winning team members include Martin Nadeau, Mario Pelletier, Richard Naud and David Dupont, all of whom are from Granby, Qc.
The winning team caught and released three tuna in the shortened two day event with sizes of 87, 96 and 95 inches respectively. They were the only team to catch and release three tuna!
The TTF Pirates from Marina Del Ray, California and Kailua Kona, Hawaii were first runner ups on board L’il Miss Maddy with Captain Tony MacDonald and Mate Cory Chaisson of Tony’s Tuna Fishing. The TTF Pirates caught and released 2 tuna of 108 and 105 inches in length.
Team Huronia with Captain Carl Gallant and Mate Rob Doiron on board Just Crackin’ were the 2nd runner-up with two tuna of 97 and 99 inches in length respectively. Huronia team members include Floyd Stewart, John Cavanaugh, P.D. Murphy, Scott Seymour, Steve Cordery and John Murphy
|Team||Captain||Day 1 – Fish 1||Day 1 – Fish 2||Day 1 – Total||Day 2 – Fish 1||Day 2 – Fish 2||Day 2 – Total||OVERALL|
|C Lion||Earnest MacPhee||87||96||383||95||X||195||578|
|TTF Pirates||Tony MacDonald||108||X||208||105||X||205||413|
|Dirty Little Oars||Bruce Keus||93||X||193||102||X||202||395|
|Pink Lumbershacks||Kurt Harris||98||X||198||X||X||0||198|
|Hook Line & Drinkers||David Sansom||90||X||190||X||X||0||190|
|Salmon Kings||Wayne Campbell||X||X||0||X||X||0||0|
|Flying Fish||Ross Keus||X||X||0||X||X||0||0|
|Aussie Bluefin Battlers||Jamie Bruce||X||X||0||X||X||0||0|
The 2018 roster of anglers came from a diverse area once again this year, including Australia, Los Angeles/Hawaii, Connecticut, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and of course from PEI as well!
It was also announced that the dates for the 2019 event have been confirmed and will be held Wednesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21st of 2019.
The Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge works with the PEI Tuna Charter Association to ensure rules and regulations adhere to the Standardized Catch & Release Plan for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna as outlined by Fisheries & Oceans Canada. Each team was permitted to catch and release 2 tunas per day (6 in total for the event). Points are assigned based on 100 points for each fish landed and released and one point per inch in length. The winner is the team with this most points over the 3 days (or in this year’s case only 2 days).
The 2018 Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge was presented by Costa Sunglasses and is sponsored by: Vernon d’Eons Fishing Supplies, Milligan’s Fisheries, Souris Credit Union, Fair Isle Ford, Quinn’s Marine, Mermaid Marine, Souris Home Hardware, Atlantic Electronics, Bradley Handrahan, Provincial Boat & Marine Ltd and the Town of Souris. The event is also funded by Innovation PEI, Tourism PEI and PEI Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
For event updates, the Tuna Cup Challenge is on social media on Facebook @TunaCupChallenge.