Upstart upstage rivals

The winning contingent from upstart.
The winning contingent from upstart.

The crew of the Barbados boat Upstart emerged in first place at the conclusion of the four-day Barbados Game Fishing International Tournament which concluded on Sunday.

The contingent onboard Upstart included captain Joshua Delmas and crew Guy Pollington, Alex Cole, Lisa Wheeler, Valerie Valin and Norman Bodewig. They released two blue marlins and two sailfish. Under tournament regulations no marlin under 500 pounds can be brought to scale and at the end of the tournament Barbadian Frank Armstrong’s 2008 507-pound blue marlin record catch was still intact.

In second spot was the Jonathan Jones-captained Legacy that was manned by a crew that consisted of Dennis Marsh, Peter Lewis, Adam Clarke, Christian Duncan and Jason Bradshaw. They released two blue marlins and one sailfish and landed a 90 pound tuna.

In† third position was another Barbadian boat, Bounty Hunter, with the team aboard including captain Ian Sampson and crew Geoffrey Marsh, Clyde Best, Anthony ‘Roy’ Thompson, Phil Als and junior anglers Luke Hutson and Jake Herley. They released two blue marlins.

The best placed foreign vessel was the Canadian crew aboard Wench. They released two blue marlins. That crew included captain Dan Coffman and Kathryn and Jim Shaw.

Twenty-two boats, with 135 anglers took part in the competition that drew captains and crew from Martinique, Canada, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and the host nation. Eighteen Barbadian boats participated in the tournament that was centred at the Port St. Charles Marina, St. Peter.

On Sunday night an awards ceremony was held for the participants at Port St. Charles and a number of special awards were presented.The Bounty Hunter’s Hutson won the award for the champion junior angler after releasing two blue marlins. Another junior angler, Noah White of the vessel More Bad, won an award for landing the heaviest wahoo.

Canada’s Kay Shaw, aboard Wench, was a triple award winner. She took prizes for being the visiting angler with the most points (500), champion female angler, and also the first foreign crew to release a blue marlin.

Among the other award winners were: Pollington for the angler with the most tags and releases (two blue marlins and one sailfish), as well as being the overall champion angler; Jesse King of Storm Hunter – the junior landing the heaviest dolphin (24.1 lbs); Christian Duncan of Legacy – angler with heaviest sailfish (90 pounds); Henderson Padmore of Challenge II – angler with heaviest dolphin (37 pounds); and Jason Bradshaw of Legacy – angler landing heaviest yellow fin tuna (43.1 lbs).

Greg Ward, aboard Grey Ghost, won the Sportsman prize, after taking on two Martiniquans despite already having a crew of 11.

Sponsors for the tournament included Digicel, Mount Gay Rum and Williams Industries. (WG)††

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