March 18, 2007
The 2007 tournament broke another couple of records for us, in the number of boats and anglers participating AND the record number of tournament billfish caught for Trinidad & Tobago. Thirty-eight boats participated for a total of 184 anglers, 174 male and 14 female (another new record). Day One saw Zingo, out of Trinidad & Tobago, jump to the front of the pack with 1000 pts. from two blue marlin and a sailfish. Anglers Roger Frost and Christopher Ellis combined for the catches. The boats Charge Up and Palawan followed closely behind with 800 pts. each. Also, David Brash of Papa San brought to scale a blue marlin that weighed in at 569.8 lbs!
On Day Two, Why Worry reversed their slow start and took Best Boat for Day Two with 1200 points and moved into third place overall behind Mischief, in second with 1230.63 pts., and Charge Up, who moved into first on a blue marlin released by Edgar Dapremont.
Day Three saw Viking IV take Best Boat with two Blue Marlin releases for 950 points, and they also moved up to take first place overall with 1802.70 points. Charge Up came up blank and Mischief and Gone Again both added a blue marlin each to move up into second and third place overall. Larry Coehlo of Gone Again secured Best Male Angler and Best Tag & Release Angler with his last day catch of a blue marlin, also earning Gone Again Best Tag & Release Team honors!
Over the course of the tournament, we had 44 Blue Marlin released, 2 brought to scale, and 14 Sailfish, breaking the record set last year for most billfish caught in a tournament for Trinidad & Tobago!!
We appreciate all those boats that made the trip to Charlotteville from Grenada and Barbados and we hope that you’ll bring even more boats with you next year!
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in this year’s tournament, we hope to see you all again next year.
Here’s a comment sent to us from James Pierce of Barbados:
“Dear Frothy, Dave, Teija, Della, Ramona, TGFT Committee Members and the People of Charlotteville,
Everyone made it home safely around midday yesterday after a pretty rough trip, and I would now like to personally thank everyone for the warm welcome and hospitality extended by you in what I can only describe as the most enjoyable tournament I have ever been in. Note that I do not make this statement lightly as I have fished in the IGFA Offshore Championships in Cabo, as well as many tournaments in Florida, the Bahamas, and the rest of the Caribbean, and the camaraderie is truly what sets you apart from all others. The way you have involved the entire community and are starting to move the whole fishing community to a new sustainable use of the ocean’s resources, much in the way it was done in Cabo San Lucas, is wonderful to watch and be a part of. I am not sure if we could achieve the same thing in Barbados.”
March 17, 2007
Top 15 Boats:
|1st Place Boat||VIKING IV||1802.70 pts.|
|2nd Place Boat||MISCHIEF||1730.63 pts.|
|3rd Place Boat||GONE AGAIN||1676.88 pts.|
|4th Place Boat||CHARGE UP||1333.38 pts.|
|5th Place Boat||ZINGO||1300 pts. (based on time of catch tie-breaker)|
|6th Place Boat||PALAWAN||1300 pts.|
|7th Place Boat||WHY WORRY||1200 pts.|
|8th Place Boat||EQUITY||1000 pts. (based on time of catch tie-breaker)|
|9th Place Boat||HARD PLAY||1000 pts.|
|10th Place Boat||PICK II||1000 pts.|
|11th Place Boat||DONE DIGGIN’||790.50 pts.|
|12th Place Boat||MAYA||750 pts. (based on time of catch tie-breaker)|
|13th Place Boat||HARD PLAY II||750 pts.|
|14th Place Boat||LEGACY||750 pts.|
|15th Place Boat||PAPA SAN||739.60 pts.|
Largest of Species:
|Largest Blue Marlin||569.8 lbs.||David Brash||PAPA SAN|
|Largest Yellow Fin Tuna||26.70 lbs.||Andrew Llanos||CHARGE UP|
|Largest Dolphin||32.90 lbs.||Samantha Antoine||WORKSHOP SEA TOURS|
|Largest Wahoo||35.70 lbs.||Tove Winkenes||VIKING IV|
Best of Category:
|Best Male Angler||1300 pts.||Larry Coehlo||GONE AGAIN|
|Best Female Angler||852.70 pts.||Tove Winkenes||VIKING IV|
|Best Junior Angler – Male||188.10 pts.||Adrian DeSilva||HARD PLAY LITE|
|Best Junior Angler – Female||391.13 pts.||Samantha Antoine||WORKSHOP SEA TOURS|
|Best Junior Angler – Overall||391.13 pts.||Samantha Antoine||WORKSHOP SEA TOURS|
|Best Tag & Release Angler||4 Tag & Release||Larry Coehlo||GONE AGAIN|
|Best Tag & Release Team||5 Tag & Release||GONE AGAIN|
|Best Boat – Day 1||1000 pts.||ZINGO|
|Best Boat – Day 2||1200 pts.||WHY WORRY|
|Best Boat – Day 3||1008.08 pts.||VIKING IV|