Magic Lady land six catches on final day
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Saturday, May, 6): 4:30pm; Magic Lady stole spotlight on the final day of the 22nd Tobago International Billfish tournament on Saturday. The Trinidad-based crew recorded six releases and landings (four sailfish, one blue marlin and one dolphin). Captain Francois Mouttett led by example and held on to one sailfish just around 9:10am. Jonathan […]
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Saturday, May, 6): 4:30pm; Magic Lady stole spotlight on the final day of the 22nd Tobago International Billfish tournament on Saturday. The Trinidad-based crew recorded six releases and landings (four sailfish, one blue marlin and one dolphin). Captain Francois Mouttett led by example and held on to one sailfish just around 9:10am. Jonathan Da La Rosa then landed a dolphin which tipped the scales at 31.15 pounds at around 11:50am. Glen Charlotte then joined haul with reeling in three sailfishes. Barry Williams was responsible for the blue marlin. With the tally, Magic Lady will be hoping to finish in the top three after lying in sixth at the end of the second day on Thursday. The former champions will be hard pressed to topple Surf N Turf for the top spot after the close of scale for the International competitors at 4:00pm.
Da LaRosa said the move by captain Mouttett to change fishing grounds was the key to his team’s success. “”Our captain made a decision to change grounds and it worked out well for us. We went 1/5 on blue marlin and 4 sails. We had a good day. We had a lot of bites but we didn’t capitalise on that but we had an enjoyable day.”
Hard Play 2 lined in four catches (two blue marlin and two sailfishes). Evans Petamber contributed with two blue marlins and one sail fish. Marlon Brown caught and released a sailfish. Grenada’s Black Child 2 made the first catch of the day, a blue marlin by captain Geoffrey Telesford at 6:45 am 45 minutes after the start of fishing. Telesford also released a sailfish and landed a dolphin. Knot Easy recorded a blue marlin and landed tuna. The all Barbadian crew of Remember Me Know railed in a sailfish and blue marlin with Tricia Lynch responsible for both catches. Lynch had a phenomenal tournament as she was responsible for all her crew’s fishes.
In the battle for the local division, leader Deadliest Catch released a marlin courtesy skipper Jacobsen Jack while Secret Emotion held on to a sail fish. Jack made his catch around 9:35am while Roydelle Skeete was responsible for Secret Emotion’s prize.
Just under 77 anglers competing on 20 vessels battled for prizes in the International (12 vessels) and Local (8 vessels) division. Jamaican Carey Chen was the tournament’s judge while American Extreme Chef Terry French was also in attendance helping promoting Tobago on his tv show.
The top performers will receive their prizes and the tournament’s closing ceremony carded 8:00pm later today.
Among the top awards are Best Boats in the International/Division, Best Release Team, Best Male/Female Angler and Largest of the Species Catch. This year’s tournament is sponsored by THA (Tobago House of Assembly, Carib 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.