A file picture of last year’s fishing competition.

KUCHING: Attractive prizes are up for grabs at this year’s fishing competition to be held in conjunction with the 5th Semadang International Tagang Festival on August 31.

The competition is open to local and foreign participants. It will be held along the Sarawak Kiri River or locally known as Semadang River at Kampung Semadang, 40 kilometres from here.

Coordinator of the competition Krisnam Louis Sebod said the participants are eligible to compete in all categories of the competition.

The categories are the fastest catch (all species of fish and shrimps), largest catch (the most number of fish caught) and the heaviest total of fish caught (based on fish weight).

Krisnam said the winner in the fastest and the largest catch category will bag RM100 cash prize respectively.

The heaviest catch category will offer cash prizes to the top 10 winners with the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up walking home with RM600, RM300, and RM200, respectively, besides trophies and supplementary prizes. The fourth to 10th place winners will receive RM50 each.

Interested anglers can register on competition day (Aug 31) from 7am to 9am at Kampung Semadang multipurpose hall before the competition starts at 10am and ends at 1pm.

Krisnam Louis Sebod.

Entry fee is RM20 for one fishing rod / two hooks (only two hooks are allowed).

“The use of the triple hook is not allowed at all, while there is no restriction on the bait,” he added.

He said fish caught must be alive and to be handed over to the judges’ table for weighing.

“Participants are allowed to bring home the fish they caught or to release them after the weighing,” Krisnam said.

For more information on the competition terms and regulations and participation, those interested may contact Krisnam at 010-9666416.

Meanwhile, other
activities at this year’s Semadang International Tagang Festival include the Miss Tagang beauty pageant, 4×4 extreme show, cultural dance and traditional music competition, performance by Bintang RTM champion Rosario Ninik from Sabah and singers from Pontianak, Indonesia, cooking competition, kayaking, street soccer, children colouring contest, and sales of food and drinks.