Going fishing

sportsanglersandcrewThe Port St. Charles Marina should be a hub of excitement from daybreak tomorrow when several top anglers and boat crew set off in this year’s Barbados International Fishing tournament.

The eagerly anticipated tournament is one of the premier events of its kind in the Caribbean, attracting a number of teams from destinations such as Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique over the years.

Statistics show an average of 30 boats and 200 anglers participating annually, with some spectacular catches being recorded as the teams revel in the excellent conditions off Barbados.

In previous years an average of 40 billfish have been caught and released, of which the majority have been blue marlin, and then a few sailfish, white marlin and spearfish, along with scores of wahoo and dolphin.

All marlin under the minimum weight of 500 lbs are released to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the sport which also adds to the excitement between competing anglers as they fight hard to land the ‘Big One’.†The tournament record in Barbados is held by former association president Frank Armstrong and his crew on Challenge II when they landed a blue marlin weighing in at 507 lbs back in 2008, a record that had stood for 31 years.†There are also scores of dolphin and wahoo landed which mostly go to local orphanages and charities, as well as to keep the anglers and the many fishing fans that come each day to enjoy the spectacle well fed over the five days.

Thanks to main sponsors Esso (Barbados) SRL, Mount Gay Rum, Digicel, Williams Industries Inc and Insurance Corporation Of Barbados Ltd., the tournament has attracted teams from†around the Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit as well as internationally.

The Barbados Game Fishing Association’s 2013 tournament will run from tomorrow until Sunday with all the action over the four days starting and culminating at Port St. Charles.

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