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Excellent biting on opening day of Tobago Billfish

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CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Wed, May, 3) Competition got off to a roaring start at the 22nd annual Tobago International Billfishing tournament which got underway at the Man of War Bay earlier this morning (7:00am). Tournament officials recorded over 41 releases during the opening session. With just over 12 boats entered in the International division figures left […]

CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Wed, May, 3) Competition got off to a roaring start at the 22nd annual Tobago International Billfishing tournament which got underway at the Man of War Bay earlier this morning (7:00am). Tournament officials recorded over 41 releases during the opening session. With just over 12 boats entered in the International division figures left the organisers elated. Deadliest Catch was the first in Local category to report a catch and release of two Blue Marlin. Captain Jacubson Jack came shore just before 3:00pm with photos of Blue Marlin haul which was confirmed by tournament huge Carie Chin and officials Edgar Dapremont and Shanti Mohan.  Seventy-seven (77) anglers are vying for top honours four day event which ends on Saturday. The Anglers will be competing in two divisions (Local and International). At the close of registration, held at the Suckhole Restaurant in Charlottevlle on Tuesday afternoon, the 77 anglers were be listed to be on board 20 vessels from Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada and Barbados. The 65 men, 8 women, one junior field will be out to reel in the biggest catch of Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish over the three days of fishing. The locals will have until 4:00pm and the International class 6:00pm to weight in their hauls. The catches must of the following minimum weights to be eligible for points (Blue Marlin-600 lbs, White Marlin-75 lbs, Sailfish-75 lbs, Spearfish-75 lbs). The points will be awarded as listed (Blue Marlin-500 pts, White Marlin-250 points, Sailfish-250 points, Spearfish-250 points). The anglers are required to photograph or video record their catches on board the boat at the moment of capture. After two days of fishing on Wednesday and Thursday the competitors will take a rest on Friday before returning to the waters on the final day of action on Saturday.  The lines men and women will be aiming set new tournament records (Blue Marlin-1005.9 lbs; Dolphin-63.1 lbs; White Marlin-58 lbs; Wahoo-103 lbs; Sail Fish-98 lbs and Tuna-142lbs)

The tournament rules are in keeping with the International Games Fishing Assocation (IGFA).

 

Twelve boats are registered in the International division, among them are Lead Us Knot, Team Emmanuel, Surf N Turf, Magic Lady, Queen Bee and Pair-a- Dice all of Trinidad and Grenadian Black Child 2 and Barbadian Remember Me Now. Lead Us Knot has Robert Lobo as captain. Lobo was a member of last year’s second place Maestro crew. Darrion Silver would be seeking to add his experience as he was the top Junior Angler at the Tarpon Tournament in 2014. Pair-a-dice is the lone boat which competed in every edition of the contest and was sixth last year. George Bovell 11 will serve as captain and will have Richard Mc Intyre, Paul Phillips, Andre De Laperouse, Bernard Aldolpheus and female angler Allison Devaux  in the line up. Magic Lady is skippered by Francois Moutett while Team Emmanuel (Mario Young), Queen Bee (Robert Mc Clean), Black Child 2 (Geoffrey Telesford) and Remember Me Know (Anthony Ferguson) will be led by their captains.

In the local class Charlotteville will be well-represented by two father/son crews. Former multiple winner Big Winner will be headed by Eldon Williams and son Elvon Williams while Kenyon Benjamin will captain Easy Company along with father Lenhutton Solomon.  Chadband siblings Burtni and Wilfred, sailing in Big Chant, are also from host village.

Castara’s Men of Steel with be captained by Sheldon Williams while his son Keegan Williams, the lone junior in the tournament will also be on board.

 

For tournament rules: www.tigft.com/tigft-tournament-rules

 

 

Quote from Gerard De Silva, Founder of the Tournament

 

Founder of Tobago International Bill Fishing Tournament Gerard De Silva

 

 

“We have a local and International division. In the local category, the first, second and third prizes are electric reels sponsored by in part by Hooker Electric reels. In the International Division the top three get tweezers sponsors by Squid Nation. We also have prizes for the largest Blue Martin, White Marlin and Sailfish, the Most Number of Billfish releases. In the local class the competitors are allowed in bring in Wahoo, Mah-he Mah-he, Tuna, Gruper and Snapper. They are allowed two fishes of the  each species to be brought to the scale (at the end of) each day.

 

This is your 22nd year and I was the founder and started it from Day One.   This year we are having a sort of mediocre tournament. We had have had worse years and we have had better years but I think it is still a very well run tournament and still well participated. We need to a little more to boost participation for next year. We started a  fun tournament on Pigeon Point Jetty and moved to Charlotteville about 10 years ago and it has been pretty good ever since. It has been growing and growing but it went flat for two or three years because I guess mostly to deal with the economy and the lack of facilities. The guys who go to tournaments in Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia (and other islands where) there are proper marina and berthing facilities and I think that one hurts us.

 

Our primary sponsor for many years has been the THA (Tobago House of Assembly. We have Carib who has been on board with us for many years. Almandoz, NP (National Petroleum), Alamo Car Rentals, Tobago Waters. Lewis Appliances, Malabar Farms, J Wong Feed Shop, Bar Code, B Mobile, Bermudez, Nestle and Gatorade.”

 

Quote from captain of Deadliest Catch, Jacubson Jack

 

“I have been competing since the inception of the tournament. The first fish I pulled was just after 10:00am. I lost that one and was not able to get the picture. I  caught approaching midday and was able to take the photo of that one. The second catch was just before 1:00pm. I am feeling very good about my achievement. I could have done better but I have to say thanks for what I have done today. This year I want to win the tournament outright.”

 

Schedule

Day One Fishing

Wed May 3, 2017

4:00am-Water Taxi Opens

4:30am-Breakfast

7:00am-Bimini Start

2:00pm-Local Scale open

2:30pm-Water Taxi starts

4:00pm-Local Scale closes; International Scale opens

5:00pm-Lines up

6:00pm-International Scale closes

9:00pm-Water Taxi Closes

Day Two Fishing

Thu May 4, 2017

4:00am-Water Taxi Opens

4:30am-Breakfast

6:00am-Lines down

2:00pm-Local Scale open

2:30pm-Water Taxi starts

3:00pm-International Scale opens

4:00pm-Local Scale closes

5:00pm-Lines up

5:00pm-Anglers’ Jetty Lime

6:00pm-International Scale closes

9:00pm-Water Taxi Closes

 

Lay Day

Fri May 5, 2017

8:00am-Water Taxi Open

1:00pm-Cook-Up

2:00pm-Lay Day activities

8:00pm-Water Taxi closes

 

Last Day Fishing

Sat May 6, 2017

4:00am-Water Taxi Opens

4:30am-Breakfast

6:00am-Lines down

1:00pm-Water Taxi starts

1:30pm-Local Scale open

2:00pm-International Scale opens

3:00pm-Lines up

3:00pm-Local Scale closes

4:00pm-International Scale closes

8:00pm-Prize giving

11:00pm-Water Taxi Closes

 

  

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