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Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge Crowns New Champion!

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2016

The 44th edition of the Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge is now in the books! After three days of world class tuna fishing, the Pink Lumberjacks of the Sea with Captain Kurt Harris and Mate Aaron Flynn of Tony’s Tuna Fishing have been crowned the Champions. The winning team of anglers are from Montreal, Quebec and are first time competitors in the Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge. The winning team members include: Francois Roberge, Romeo DiLiello-Roberge, Bruno Di Battista and Simon Sanscartier. The winning team caught and released 5 tunas over the three days. The tunas were 98, 95, 96, 96 & 94 inches.


Captain Kurt Harris is a first time winner of the Cup as a Charter Captain! “It is a great honour to win this Tournament. This is such a great event and it was great to have the Pink Lumberjacks of the Sea on board the Frayed Not for the weekend”.

As first time participants in the event, team captain Francois Roberge said “this was an exceptional experience. I can see now why North Lake, PEI is the tuna capital of the world and we can’t wait to return and defend the Cup next year!”

This year, the Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge organizing committee was also proud to announce a new presenting sponsorship with Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Star Rods and their distributor, Big Rock Sports! “This was the first time the Tuna Cup has ever attracted this level of sponsorship and we couldn’t be happier,” said co-chair Cindy Harris.

One of the highlights of this year’s event was the Fabulous Fisherman Competition. In this year’s event, the first team to catch a tuna of at least 100 inches using a Star Rod would win Star Rods and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses for every member of the team. The winner of this spectacular prize package, with a 101 inch tuna on the first day was the Irish Descendants Team of Shane Kelly and Vince McGarry, along with their charter Captain David Sansom and Mate Aaron Flynn.

A total of 36 tunas were brought to the boat throughout the weekend, ranging in size from 78 inches up to a whopping 123 inches!

This year’s event attracted 14 teams with a total of over 75 participants with 85% of participants coming from outside of Prince Edward Island – ranging in location from Spain, Scotland, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Florida to name just a few! The Canadian provinces were also well represented from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

Plans are already underway for the 2017 International Tuna Cup Challenge and the dates have been set for September 7-10, 2017. Several teams have already booked for the 45th annual event.

This year’s Tuna Cup Challenge organizing committee would like to especially thank this year’s sponsors. Presenting Sponsors included Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Star Rods, and their distributor Big Rock Sports. Platinum Sponsors include North Lake Fisheries and Irving Oil. Silver Sponsors for 2016 include, Souris Credit Union and Vernon D’Eon Lobster Plugs. Bronze Sponsors include, Souris Home Hardware and Quinn’s Marine, and the 2016 Event Supporters category features Atlantic Electronics and Bradley Handrahan. The event is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA), PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Innovation PEI, and Tourism PEI.

For More Information, contact:
Kent Hudson, Hudson Events
Event Manager , Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge
Phone (902) 394-3790 /

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