From as early as 5.30 a.m. tomorrow Port St Charles, St Peter should be a shoal of activity as the five-day 2014 Barbados International Fishing Tournament gets going.
Boats will leave dock about 6:30 a.m. and the Bimini start will be about half-hour later. The boats will spend the day at sea with lines out scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and the weigh-in of fish starting about 5 p.m. Boat registration was earlier this evening, the actual official first day of the tournament. The captains’ briefing was also held a few hours ago at the Yacht Club.
On Friday the crews will again head out into the blue about 6 a.m., return about 4.30 a.m. and start the weigh-ins about half-hour later. There will be no fishing on Saturday which is the designated fun day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a variety of beach and dock activities, inclusive of modelling and DJ music, wine-tasting, pig-roast and fish-fry.
Sunday’s final day of fishing starts at 6 a.m. once again and ends about 3 p.m. with weigh-ins starting almost immediately afterwards. Scales close at 5 p.m. with the presentation ceremony slated for 7 p.m.
The Barbados International Fishing Tournament is one of the premier fishing events in the Southern Caribbean, and attracts participants from across the region and internationally each year for five days of fun and competition. This year’s tournament is expected to attract anglers and their families from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guadeloupe, England, Italy, Martinique, Jamaica, Scotland, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States of America.
The tournament is certified as a qualifying event for the annual International Game Fishing Association Offshore World Championships and also forms part of the Southern Caribbean Billfish Circuit.
The main targets are blue marlin, and with a few sailfish, white marlin and spearfish to keep things interesting, but in between scores of wahoo and dolphin keep everyone happy, well fed and also help the drive to assist the needy children of the island. Minimum weights ensure that most marlin are released. (WG/PR)