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Catch of the day

Neils Christensen
Northern News Services

Broughton Island (June 07/04) - For three days, more than 300 people participated in the 10th annual Nattivak-Papiruq Fisheries (NPF) fishing derby.

Sammy Qappik, manager of the NPF, said the derby, held from May 22-24, has been growing every year. He added this was probably the biggest event of them all.

"We had people from Iqaluit, Clyde River and Panniqtuuq come for the fishing," he said.

Qappik admitted that participants needed a few days to recuperate from the long weekend.

"It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun," he said. "It was great to see all the people come together to have fun."

Just five minutes into the official start of the derby, Seetee Natsiapik caught the first fish and hooked $300.

The most fish went to Rhoda Kokseak, who caught two. Kokseak's prize was a qamutiik and extra lumber. Eleesapie Kooneeliusie won a $500 gift certificate for having the longest fish, which measured 67.3cm.

In the children's event Mason Max caught the biggest fish, weighing in at 0.7kg. His prize was a new bicycle and $50. Angie Audlakiak won in the girl's category with a fish weighing 0.2 kg.

Joamie Keyooktak earned two return tickets to Ottawa and $1,000 for catching the smallest fish, measuring 23.5cm.