Surf N Turf lands Tobago Billfish title
Surf N Turf lands Tobago Billfish title. By Clayton Clarke ([email protected]) CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Tue, May 9) Surf N Turf emerged as the champion boat at the 22nd Tobago International Billfishing tournament which ended on Saturday (May 6). The Barry St. George-led crew ended the three-day competition with 3750 points to top the […]
Surf N Turf lands Tobago Billfish title.
By Clayton Clarke ([email protected])
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Tue, May 9) Surf N Turf emerged as the champion boat at the 22nd Tobago International Billfishing tournament which ended on Saturday (May 6). The Barry St. George-led crew ended the three-day competition with 3750 points to top the International Division, beating out 11 other competitors. Surf N Turf was ahead after day one on Wednesday May 3 with 3100 points after reeling in six blue marlins. The champions maintained the lead at the second day on Thursday with 3750 despite holding on to one blue marlin. However, a poor final day, when not a single fish was caught, failed to deny St. George’s team of Tame Herbert, Sean McLean, Emily Riemer and Jack Vasilarous the champion crown. For their efforts they were rewarded with a Hooker 130 electric reel, invitation to the 2018 World Offshore Championships in Costa Rica, a large Squid Nation teaser and lure kit, cases of Carib, Tobago Water, Pinehill and Gatorade and two bottles each of William Lawson Whiskey and Barcadi Rum. Hayden Spencer, Secretary of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries, of main sponsors the Tobago House of Assembly, presented the winners with their prizes.
St. George said the win was in honour of owner of the boat and crew member Graeme Stephens who was competing in his last tournament before migrating to Australia. He added that after the lead on the first two days, his team enjoyed the last day.
Knot Easy took the runners-up spot after finishing with a blue marlin release on the final day to move up from fourth to second with a tally of 3500 points. The team’s anglers rejoiced with a Hooker 80 Electric reel, Squid National Lure, cases of Carib, Tobago Water and Gatorade and two bottles each of Williams Lawson Whiskey and Bacardi Rum .
Magic Lady produced a strong string of releases to take third with 3500. The Francois Mouttett captain team let go of four sailfish, one blue marlin and one dolphin to move up from sixth place. The top two teams received paintings from renowned fishing artist and judge Carey Chin who was the chief official at the tournament.
Hard Play 2 (3250), Hop Scotch (2750), Queen B (2500), Fun Now (2000), Lead Us Knot (2000) and Remember Me Now of Barbados (2000) were the next finishers from fifth to ninth. Pair-A-Dice and Team Emmanuel (1750) were tied for tenth. Grenada’s Black Child 2 finished in twelfth despite a trio of releases by captain Geoffrey Telesford (blue marlin, sailfish and dolphin) on the final day.
In the local class, Deadliest Catch was the top boat with 400 points. Captain Jacobsen Jack landed two catches on the first day then a blue marlin on the last day. His cousin Michael Jack accompanied him onboard. The duo received $10,000, a Lewis Appliance gift certificate valued at $2500, Skewers voucher-$50, cases of Carib, Tobago Water, Gatorade and Pinehill as well as a bottle of William Lawson Whiskey. Jacobsen shared that he was confident of victory from the first day. He thanked his supporters and sponsor Trevor Garcia.
Big Winner secured the second place with 200. Eldon Williams and son Elvon teamed up to released a blue marlin. Conda wow, wow, wow (200), Secret Emotion (200) and Man of Steel (124) finished in third, fourth and fifth. Worm-Z, Easy Company and Big Chant were in the sixth to eight positions.
Just under 77 anglers competing on 20 vessels battled for prizes in the International (12 vessels) and Local (8 vessels) division. American Extreme Chef Terry French was also in attendance helping promoting Tobago on his tv show.
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.
1st Surf N Turf (Trinidad and Tobago) 3750 points, 2nd Knot Easy (Trinidad and Tobago) 3500; 3rd Magic Lady (Trinidad and Tobago) 3500; 4th Hard Play 2 (Trinidad and Tobago) 3250; 5th Hop Scotch (Trinidad) 2750; 6th Queen B (Trinidad and Tobago) 2500; 7th Fun Now (Trinidad and Tobago) 2000; 8th Lead Us Knot (Trinidad and Tobago) 2000; 9th Remember Me Know (Barbados) 2000; 10th Pair-A- Dice/Team Emmanuel (Trinidad and Tobago) 1750
1st Deadliest Catch (400 points); 2nd Big Winner (200) ; 3rd Conda-Wow-Wow-Wow (200); 4th Secret Emotion (200); 5th Man of Steel (124): ; 6-8th places: Worm-Z, Easy Company, Big Chan