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52nd International Fishing Tournament of Rio San Juan

Róger Solórzano Canales | Sep 5, 2012

Competitors during last Rio San Juan | Photographer: José David Barrera

There will be a craft and food fair, concerts and family activities aside from the competition.

The annual International Sporting Fishing Tournament Rio San Juan 52nd edition will commence on the coming Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of September on the waters of river and Lake Cocibolca –also known as Lake Nicaragua-, based on the city of San Carlos. On the boardwalk of the same city, an artisanal food fair will be installed as well as various activities that are being organized by visitors and competitors.

In an announcement made yesterday in Managua, Johnny Gutierrez, Mayor of San Carlos, pointed out that the organizing committee expects on this particular edition of the competition the involvement of around 80 competitors from different countries, dozen competitors more in the junior class as well as the presence of over 2 thousand domestic and foreign tourists. 55 fishermen from countries like Canada, United States, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, participated in this event last year.

The event has the financial support of the Inter-American Development Bank, through the Water Route Project, and it is organized by an interinstitutional committee comprised of entities such as the National Port Company (EPN), the Army of Nicaragua, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR) and the Municipal Offices.

Registration and Activities:

The organizers pointed out that those interested, may register at the Tourist Information Center located at the kiosk on the boardwalk in San Carlos. This registration will be open from noon to 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 13, and will continue open all day on the 14th and from 5:00 am until noon on the 15th. The cost of the event is of C$800, and each competitor must use their own boat.

There will be 3 weighing points (in San Carlos, Boca de Sabalos and the island of San Fernando). The competition will include various categories according to fish species. There will also be a special category for children in which they will give talks to young participants on the biology of the local species. The final award ceremony will be held in San Carlos on Saturday the 15th in the afternoon.

The city, and especially its boardwalk, will also stage various events relating to the tournament and its patriotic days. A gastronomical and craft fair will be held there from the 12th to the 16th of September with exhibitors from the Solentiname archipelago and San Miguelito. There will an exhibition and an information panel on biological fish of the area starting on September the 13th. In addition, there will be beauty pageants, concerts and dance parties entertained by bands like Revuelta Sonora, Fusion 4, High Dance Company and songwriter Otto de la Rocha.

Translated by Paola Larrabure