See 2014 ABMT Photos see here Richard Gibson Photography
St. Thomas Airport - Catches Record Blue Marlin! see here
THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Day #4 of the 44th. Annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT). We're watching the weather rolling off Africa and that makes us very thankful for the great weather that we've had all week. A wonderful Ritz Carlton sponsored dock party was enjoyed last night on the end of "A" dock under a huge full moon... and what a spread it was!
Winners of the 2016 USVI Open/ABMT are as follows: 1st. Place Angler Steve "Spanky" McFarland with 4 blue marlin aboard Sodium. 2nd. Place Angler: Rod Windley aboard Gulf Rascal. 3rd. Place Angler Andy Venable on Gulf Rascal. 4th Place Angler Chad Demron on Sodium. Top Boat: Gulf Rascal with 6 blue marlin (tied with Sodium - ties are broken by earliest time of catch). Top Captain: Capt. Billy Borer on Gulf Rascal won the beautiful Release Marine "Best Boat" step box. Twelve blue marlin were caught between the 2 boats in 4 days of fishing. We wish to thank boat owners Rod Windley (Gulf Rascal) and Chad Damron (Sodium) for their support of the 2016 ABMT. Profits from the tournament go to our Marine Vocational Program (MVP) which provides career training for the youth of the US Virgin Islands. 2017 ABMT fishing days will be: Aug. 4,5,6,8 and we hope you'll join us!
ABMT Day 3. Photo is St. Thomas' beautiful Magens Bay where we position ourselves in order to reach the boats fishing on the famous North Drop. 4 p.m. Report:
Finally able to reach Sodium at 4 p.m. and learned they had caught 1 blue and had missed another. No word from Gulf Rascal up by Anegada. 5:30 p.m. Final Report: Gulf Rascal caught 2 blues today but only one counted in the tournament because the second fish was caught after tournament hours. Sodium is up by 1 fish. Tomorrow is the day off and everyone is playing golf!
August 16, 2016: Another beautiful day in Paradise! Gulf Rascal left early headed to Anegada where they fished yesterday. Sodium is on the North Drop. 11 a.m. Report: We were able to reach Capt. Randy on Sodium who had just released a marlin - said that Gulf Rascal has not been heard from. Boats fish until 5:30 p.m. and we'll travel up to the mountains for another report around 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Report: Reached Sodium who said they were 1/2+1 so far today and Gulf Rascal was 0/2 when they last spoke. Gulf Rascal is up by Anegada and out of radio range from Sodium. The weather is beautiful, quite a contrast to last year's event when two tropical storms were approaching! Day ended with Sodium catching 2 blue marlin and Gulf Rascal catching one.
St. Thomas Fleet Report: Marlin Prince 1/4+1, A-1-A 1/2+1+1/1 sailfish. Mojito 2/3, Full Time 0/1, Andy 1/1, Gulf Rascal 1/2+2, Sodium 2/3+1.
August 15, 2016: Gibson photo - Old friends agree on tournament rules at fun Captain's meeting. Day 1 of the 2016 - 44th Annual - USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT). We thank the owners of Gulf Rascal and Sodium (Rod and Chad) for their support of our tournament. Importantly, this event helps to fund the marine vocational program which we operate for the youth of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 4 p.m. Report: Gulf Rascal 2 releases - Sodium 1/2+1 (+1 means they saw one that didn't eat). Final Results Day 1: Gulf Rascal 2/3 and Sodium 2/3+1. Gulf Rascal ahead based on time of first catch.
St. Thomas Fleet Report: Sodium 2/3, A-1-A 1/2+1, Mojio 1/2+2, Gulf Rascal 2/3, Full Time 1/5+1, Blue Heaven 1/3.
St. Thomas Airport Display Unveiled - She's the 1282 lb. IGFA 'All Tackle' Atlantic Blue Marlin that was caught by Larry Martin in 1977 aboard the 43' Merritt Xiphas on the North Drop. This was a community project that required lot's of help - Gray Taxidermy restored and crated the mount, Crowley shipped it back to it's Virgin Island home (took up a 20' container!) and the kids at 'My Brothers Workshop' built it a platform to rest on. A long time friend of fishing helped with the material costs and today's airport arrivals were treated to a special sight! See photos of the project at: marlin project Also see press release on ABMT's Facebook page and listen to early morning radio interview:
12/31/15 - See the ABMT website results. So far in 2015 27,254 visitors around the world have read 61,855 pages! Thank you for your readership and we invite you to come to MarlinFest and to fish our tournaments!
TOP TEAM - STEVEN DECKOFF'S TEAM PESCADOR - 5 BLUE MARLIN
Second Place Team - Never Say Never (4 BM) - Capt. Eddie Herbert Third Place Team - Marlinraptor (3 BM) - Capt. Hunter Easthope
RELEASE MARINE - BEST BOAT AWARD PESCADOR - CAPT. JEREMY FOWLER
TOP JUNIOR ANGLER AWARD
John Deckoff - Age 16 years - SF Pescador
TOP LOCAL CHARTER BOAT
Black Pearl - Capt. Jim Estraca
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