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St. Thomas Airport - Catches Record Blue Marlin! see here
THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
June. 25, 2016: A1A caught a blue and a sailfish today and had another blue in the spread. Capt Mike said a Puerto Rican boat (Annamaria?) was hot and saw 4 blues.
June. 25, 2016: A1A fished yesterday and Capt. Mike said they saw a nice size blue. No one else fished. Cap Cana: In three days of fishing, the International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout has released 10 Blue Marlin and 26 White Marlin. There was a leader change... Auspicious is now in front with 2470 points, Amazing Grace 2090, Black Gold 2070. Bandolera 1470, Pink Lady 1250 and Chaser 200.
June. 24, 2016: IGFA here teaching observer course at VIGFC. A1A will be fishing today and we'll post their report tonight. Chris Whitley reports from Rick's International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout 2016 - So far (Day 2) we have had 23 fish in total. 4 Blues and 19 Whites. Top Three Standings Day 2: Amazing Grace 1460, Bandolera 1260, Black Gold 1250. At the end of Cap Cana Day 3 it was Amazaing Grace 2090, Black Gold 2070, Bandolera 1476. St. Thomas fishing report: A1A Capt. Mike reported seeing one (1) nice blue on North Drop to the West of the Corrner.
June. 19, 2016: Tonight we went to the docks and welcomed Capt. Eddie of 'Never Say Never' back to St. Thomas. They fished today and were 2/2 on the blue marlin. Betsey fished but came in early without seeing anything. Mojito yesterday was 2/2+3, Betsey 1/1+2 and Marlin Prince 0/1 on whites. Blue Heaven fishing up by Anegada but couldn't be heard. Today (Sun.) Mojito and Marlin Prince are at the dock - Never Say Never and Betsey are fishing.
June. 18, 2016: Yesterday was another good day - Marlin Prince 1/3 on blues and 0/1 whites. Mojito 1/1 blues, 1/1 whites. Betsy 3/3 blues and Blue Heaven 1/1 blues + 1/1 whites.
June. 17, 2016: Everyone get here, the blue marlin fishing is good! Marlin Prince was 3/4 yesterday and Mojito 2/2 (largest guessed at 500 lbs.). Check out the ABMT's fun airport project at: see here
June. 16, 2016: Hit the docks early this morning to see what Mojito caught yesterday - they were 2/2 on white marlin and saw a blue. A summertime welcome to Capt. Eddie and crew on 'Never Say Never' and soon we are anticipating the sighting of ledgendary Capt. Randy Jendersee!
June. 15, 2016: Picking away... Mojito yesterday 1/2 on small blues. Visiting boats here at the moment are: A-1-A, Betsy, Blue Heaven and Mojio. Last night we enjoyed visiting with Capt. Butch Petrosky of 'Fish Hawk' fame who is down fixing up a house that he still owns here. Also... we are searching for engine part for the MVP's 28' training vessel 'Straight Ahead'. Part is after-cooler core for 200 hp Volvo Penta TAMD41. Contact Jimmy (340) 775-9500.
June. 12, 2016: Blue Heaven fished South Drop on half day and released a 500-600 lb. blue. Mate hooked, cleared spread, wound fish to the boat, wired and released it! Nice catch... no other reports came in.
June. 11, 2016: Capt. Ed on Blue Heaven supplied North Drop report: Betsy today 2/? blues. Yesterday Betsy 1/1 blues - 1/3 whites. Mojito fished but unknown results.
June. 05, 2016: Summer is here and it's time to rally big game fishermen to the abundant waters of the US and British Virgin Islands! There are many destinations where blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish congregate in large numbers (many small blues found around fads), but how many easy to reach locations in the Atlantic can brag on your chances of seeing a bunch of large blue marlin (averaging 300+ pounds) and with the real possibly of a grander thrown into the mix! This can happen on any given day here in the VI and it's often referred to as the magic of the famous North Drop!
The 44th. USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament will be fished Aug. 15-19 and is now offering anglers the choice of entering the traditional "Angler Division" (required min. of 2 anglers) or electing the new "Team Division" (requiring only one angler). Both divisions will be paying the same entry fee - both will be fishing the same number of rods and both will be fishing the same days and same hours! The exciting part is that both divisions will be fishing for the same Calcutta (all cash pots) including the popular 'Last Day Shootout'.
Frankly the reason for the creation of the new "Team Division" is due to our growing need to attract more contestants. For those who don't know it... the ABMT's two-fold mission is to promote the blue marlin fishing in the VI... and importantly to benefit the youth of the Virgin Islands while doing it! Out of the ABMT's 44 years of operation has come the development of our Marine Vocational Program (MVP), Inc. which is now (Nov. 18, 2015) a US registered 501 (c-3) Non-Profit Corporation! The MVP's sole purpose is to provide the training needed for a career path into the marine and tourism industry. We are currently serving multiple youth organizations, the largest number of students coming from the Boys & Girls Club. You can imagine that the development of a Vocational School from the profits of a fishing tournament is something that we volunteers are very proud of! A very big "thanks" goes out to all the anglers, captains, mates and observers who have faithfully supported the ABMT over the many years!!
Hopefully the development of the new "Team Division" will attract boat owners who in the past were not intrested in competing by the longstanding rules of the "Angler Division". Nice prizes will be won by the contestants in both divisions - but importantly the Caclutta dollars are up for grabs by anglers fishing in either division! In our eyes the ABMT has found a way to "change with the times" and yet we've managed to continue honoring those who have won the tournament in the past. JL
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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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