Speaking to Ms. Deby Wallace, the lead Organizer for the event, she noted that the registrants for this year had dropped somewhat, mainly due to the recent hurricanes and the seemingly stagnant economic recession, that have adversely affected the entire Caribbean.
Wallace explained that Last year, there were twenty eight (28) boats, compared to the sixteen (16) crafts recorded up to the end of registration, at 6:00 pm on Friday.
The Tournament offered several prizes for Male, Female, and Junior Anglers, with the qualifying fish types being Mahi Mahi/Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna, and King Fish. The cash prizes ranged between US$180-US$850.00.
Another Prize up for grabs was the “CALCUTTA.” This is a wager between Captains to see who ends up being the most successful boat. This prize is a “Winner Takes All’” Award and it stands at US $1, 100.00, that is, US $100 wagered by eleven (11) Captains.
Last year, the top prize went to Jumbie from Nevis, who is back again this year but fishing under the Craft name “Just Relax.” Boats started fishing as early as 3:00 am on Saturday, with Weigh-in taking place at 2:00pm.
All boats were required to return to port on Saturday, by 3:30 pm.
This year, six (6) islands were represented including St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Marten, St. Croix, Antigua, and St. Barths. Of the six, St. Croix and St. Barths are new comers.
The official Platinum Sponsors for the Tournament are Carib Brewery and Coldwell Banker, while Oualie Beach Resort, Brown Hill Communications, and Cavalier are Gold Sponsors. Other contributors include NASPA, Tropical Ice, Solid Waste Management, and TDC Nevis Ltd.