Challenge II under the captaincy of Frank Armstrong emerged in first place at yesterday’s conclusion of the 2014 Barbados Game Fishing Association’s International Tournament which was held off Port St. Charles in St. Peter.
Challenge II caught three blue marlin but the 507 pound record for the heaviest of the specie remained intact. These were all tagged and released.
BillFisher III under the captaincy of Ralph White placed second after tagging and releasing two blue marlin. In third place was High Hopes with captain Alan Banfield in charge. This crew had a blue marlin and two sailfish releases. High Hopes also had the most tags and releases, made up of two sailfish and one blue marlin.
St. Lucia boat Reel Extreme with Bernard Johnson at the helm had a blue marlin and sailfish tag and release and took fourth place. This was the best placed non-Barbadian boat and crew. The fifth placed boat was Lukee B with one blue marlin release. This vessel was captained by Brett Judd.
In terms of poundage of fish caught De Reel Viking had 290.6 pounds on the first day; Sweet Peace tallied 609.2 pounds on the second day; and Ocean Hunter netted 79.5 pounds on the third day.
Champion angler of the tournament was David Stoute of Challenge II with three blue marlin, while Sandrine Maugee of Martinique was the champion female angler as well as the visiting angler with the most points. Gavin Grist on the boat Black Pearl caught and released one blue marlin which was good enough to gain him the champion junior angler title.
Maugee also landed and released one billfish, while Randall Ward aboard Grey Ghost landed the heaviest wahoo at 39.8 pounds. Toby Fowler of Ocean Hunter landed the heaviest dolphin at 35.7 pounds. Miranda Armstrong of the champion boat Challenge II won the prize for the junior landing the heaviest dolphin at 29.5 pounds. Her prize was the Luke Bjerkhamn Memorial Cup, named after Bjerkhamn, a keen junior angler who died in 2010 under tragic circumstances.
And in a touch of levity Yetaboard took the hard luck prize [the Peter DeFreitas Memorial Trophy] after they could not fish because of a burnt engine wire harness.