Surf N Turf and Hop-Scotch lead catches
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Thur, May 4) Surf N Turf and Hop-Scotch crews were the most successful teams on the opening day of the 22nd annual Tobago International Billfish Tournament on Wednesday (May 3). Surf N Turf and Hop-Scotch each recorded six catches. However, Pair-a-Dice was the lone boat of the day to bring to shore […]
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Thur, May 4) Surf N Turf and Hop-Scotch crews were the most successful teams on the opening day of the 22nd annual Tobago International Billfish Tournament on Wednesday (May 3).
Surf N Turf and Hop-Scotch each recorded six catches. However, Pair-a-Dice was the lone boat of the day to bring to shore a catch of minimum weight. Surf N Turf caught and released six blue marlin fishes while Hop Scotch reined in four blue marlin and two sail fishes. The Surf N Turf crew of Barry Singh George, Tane Herbert, Graeme Stephens, Sean MacLean, Emily Riemer and Jack Vasilarious made the first catch at around 8:00am, one hour after the start the race while the other successful bites were reeled in by 1:00pm. Mc Lean said the fishes were biting early. “As soon as we drop the first line literally two seconds later we got tension on the line.” He also praised this team mates. “Everybody pulled their weight. Five of the six all caught fish.” McLean is hoping to return to the same area on Thursday for similar success. “Tomorrow (Thursday) we hope to return to the same lure (area). NO change to the plane.” Surf N Turf is competing in the International division.
Hop Scotch (Peter De Silva, Adam Aleung, Curtis De Silva, Gabriel Navarro) nabbed their first of four marlin four minutes after the 7:00am start. Curtis said landed a fish so early in the day was motivating. “Catching so early hyped us up. We set the pace and everybody had to compete against us. The performance today was first class. We are expected a better day tomorrow (Thursday). Hop Scotch is the Local division.
Pair-a-Dice (George Bovell 11, Allison Devaux, Richard Mc Intyre, Paul Phillips, Andre De Laperouse, Bernard Aldolpheus) brought to shored the only catch of minimum weight of the day. Female angler Devaux made the catch.
The Queen Bee crew of Robert McLean, Don Thomas, Ryan Agard, Brendon Bernard, Jesse De Freitas and Trevor Bhagwansingh called in four blue marlin and one sail fish. The first fish on the deck was made around 10:30am with the second catch at 1:00pm and the third, a triple header, with three fishes be nabbed at once. Bernard was still expecting a better haul. “We could have done a little better. Tomorrow (Thursday) we want to get more than we did today (Wednesday).
Hard Play 2 hooked three blue marlins with the first catch coming between 9 and 10 am. Crew member Evan Petamber said the team were focussing to catching only blue marlins. He added that the haul could have been better but the team were not able to hold to several to fishes which bit on the line.
Team Emmanuel (Mario Young, Rory Scully, Terry Macoon and Dwayne Nicholson) was able to hold on to two blue marlin and one sail fish with the first catch around 8:00am. Young said the sail fish came about 15 minutes later. He said the crew intends to go out early on on Thursday. “Tomorrow we want to go out very early because a lot of the fish bit early. We got most of the bits out the Sisters (between Castara and Parlatuvier).”
In total 22 marlins were caught and released (22 in the International division and 2 in the local class). Five sail fish, six tuna and one wahoo were among the species lined in.
Seventy-seven (77) anglers from Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada and Barbados are competing in this year’s competition on 20 vessels (12 international, 8 local).
The of Barbadian crew Remember Me Now landed one Blue Marlin while Black Child 2 of Grenada had a rough day with no catches.
The members of the organising committee are Gerard De Silva, Hollis Walker, David Maharaj, Shannon Walker, Divid Wong, Keishon Walker, and Daniella Rodriguez.
This year’s tournament is sponsored by 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.
For more into check out the tournament’s website www.tigft.com and the Facebook page….www.facebook.com/TIGFT/.