Black Child 2 off to strong start on final day
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Saturday, May, 6): 11:00am; Grenadian boat Black Child 2 made a bid to move up the points table on the final day of the 22nd annual Tobago Billfish Tournament in Charlotteville earlier today (Saturday). Captain Geoffrey Telesford caught and released the first fish of the day when he held on to a blue […]
CHARLOTTEVILLE, Tobago: (Saturday, May, 6): 11:00am; Grenadian boat Black Child 2 made a bid to move up the points table on the final day of the 22nd annual Tobago Billfish Tournament in Charlotteville earlier today (Saturday). Captain Geoffrey Telesford caught and released the first fish of the day when he held on to a blue marlin at 6:45am, 45 minutes into the day’s contest. At around 10:05am Telesford again was successful with a dolphin holding on to his line. Fifteen minutes later he caught and released a sail fish. Black Child 2 was in 12th place among the 12 competitors in the International Division with 750 points at the end of second day on Thursday. However, after a day’s rest, Telesford and his fellow Grenadian Godfrey George in tandem with Tobagonians David Maharaj and David Smart are hoping to finish strongly on the third and final day. On the opening day on Wednesday, Black Child 2 was unable to hold on to any catch and ended in 12th. On the second day on Thursday, the crew hooked in a dolphin, blue marlin and a yellow fin tuna but still remained in 12th.
Surf N Turf entered the final day as the leader with 3750 points ahead of Hop Scotch (2750) and Queen B (2500). Local division front runners Deadliest Catch was the first boat in the division to land a catch with blue marlin caught and released by captain Jacubson Jack at around 9:30am. The International competitors will be aiming to reel in their best catches before the 4:00pm closing time while the local anglers end their bid one hour earlier. On the opening day of the competition a tournament and Tobago all-comer’s record of 33 blue marlins were caught and released.
Seventy-seven (77) onboard 20 vessels are competing for top honours. Twelve boats are entered in the International Division with entries from Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada and Barbados. The tournament runs until Saturday. Party Time won the 2016 edition of the tournament. Carey Chen is the tournament’s judge.
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, 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.
The 2017 edition will end with the prize giving ceremony at Suckhole Resturant at 8:00pm later today.
For more into check out the tournament’s website www.tigft.com and the Facebook page….www.facebook.com/TIGFT/.