Boats Ahoy!

Fishing tournament off to exciting start

Today marked the first day of action in the 2014 Barbados International Fishing Tournament with 27 boats sailing off Port St Charles, St Peter.

Twenty Barbadian boats, two Martiniquan, two St Lucian, and one each from Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Canada set out hoping to capture that illusive blue marlin weighing in excess of 507 pounds, and hence breaking the current record.

At the end of the day that record still remained intact, but it was still a productive and fun day for captains and crews. Boats left the dock about 6:50 a.m. and the Bimini start came shortly afterwards.

There were 163 anglers with 19 juniors, of which three were females. Nine females in all took to the sea this morning with Remember Me Now being captained by Barbadian Rianna Thompson.

During the day, four blue marlins were released, along with three sailfish. Minimum weights ensured that most marlins were released. No white marlin or spearfish was caught today. Six boats made the leader board at the end of the day.

The tournament is certified as a qualifying event for the annual International Game Fishing Association Offshore World Championships, and also forms part of the Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit.

The tournament continues tomorrow.

Barbados TODAY’S Remy Rock went out into the blue aboard Remember Me Now and brings this pictorial review of some of the day’s activities.

See more photos of today’s action, along with video, in our digital ePaper at http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb.

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