ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA SPORT FISHING ATTRACTING STRONG INTERNATIONAL INTEREST
Wednesday 18th May 2011
With less than one month to go, the upcoming Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament taking place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June is receiving very good interest from around the Caribbean. Averaging 12 international boats per tournament over the last few years, Sport fishing Club Chairman Phillip Shoul cites the introduction of the new one day Antigua and Barbuda Marlin Classic Tournament as a possible cause for an increase in boats in 2011.
On the evening of the tournament prize giving in 2010 a number of international fishermen were discussing the fact that they wished there was another day of competition as they were having so much fun. It was with that in mind that Shoul discussed the potential for a Marlin only tournament which is having its debut year this year. Shoul says ‘ We want to try it as for some time we have been discussing adding an extra day to the tournament to give overseas boats more to make the travelling worthwhile. The addition of a third day to take place on the 13th June now makes the investment of motoring to Antigua more worth it. The winner takes all pot also appeals to the more competitive crews both locally and internationally.
‘For 2011 we have so far had commitments that boats will be coming from Guadeloupe, St. Barths, St. Thomas, St. Lucia and new for this year Barbados’ says Shoul. The small hotels in the area will benefit from bookings of crew who do not wish to or cannot stay on board. The organising committee continues to look for ways to grow the tournament and benefit the local economy at what is a slower time of year.
It seems the good news continues to spread throughout the Caribbean about not only the excellent fishing but the shore side parties characterized by their laid back atmosphere and excellent food and drink.
The wonderful thing about the event is also that the local participation continues to grow and be competitive, with boats from 23 feet upwards entering. Also new for 2011 on Friday 10th June, a second hand Fishing Gear Flea Market will be held. It is hoped that fishermen from around the island, whether they are entering the tournament or not, will come to Nelson’s Dockyard and see what bargains they can pick up. Competing fishermen are bringing their used gear and tackle and will be selling them from 4pm-7pm.
Registration takes place up to 6pm Friday 10th June, with fishing days the 11th and 12th June for the Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament, and 13th June for the 1 Day Marlin Classic Tournament. Check out http://www.antiguabarbudasportfishing.com/ for further information and to register.