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THE SHORT REPORT - ST. THOMAS - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Summer is here and the first visiting boats to arrive are Mike Brauser's Betsy (photo right) and Jimmy Lambert's Reel Tight. Let the 2015 blue marlin fishing season begin!
Fishing started off here 52 summers ago with the 1963 arrival of Captain Johnny Harms and Captain Jerry Black aboard Laurance Rockefeller's Savana Bay (photo below right). Since that time 3 out of 4 of the last recorded IGFA 'All Tackle' Atlantic Blue Marlin records (814-845-1282) were caught here in the Virgin Islands and Maudi's IGFA 130# Women's Record (1073 lbs.) still stands! So be warned fishermen... not only can you expect to catch numbers - the Big Girls live here too!!
Everyone come fish the summer tournaments: VIGFC's July Open, BVI Open/Bitter End BVI, Fish For Haiti, Wet N' Wild (center console) and the USVI Open/ABMT "Boy Scout" Tournament. See tournament dates that are scrolling above.
Finally we are hearing chatter about our 2 day 'Wet N' Wild' center console tournament (Aug. 28-29). We are looking forward to getting the inaugural off the ground and the bet is it will be exciting! Reason is many of the captains of these vessels were born and raised here and are really good fishermen! Center console owners coming from BVI, PR, DR, St. Croix and St. Martin should call the tournament office because there is a "rafting up" opportunity behind the ABMT office. Call for info. 340-775-9500 See info:
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05/28/15 - See the ABMT website results. So far in 2015 8182 visitors around the world have read 14,809 pages! Thank you for your readership and we invite you to come to MarlinFest and to fish our tournaments!
Pete Schweitzer Senior ABMT (Gold) Observer Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
“I started with a cane pole catching snappers off the old swing bridge at Las Olas. I thought that was so cool. Then, when my parents moved us to Florida in 1950, I got a real rod and reel. I could walk to the sea wall and bottom fish. Our house in Las Olas Isles was right on the Intercostal.”
Mixed Bag - Capt. Rob Richards - 2000 Points (5 BM)
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Reel Affair - Capt. Juan Garcia - 6 Tags
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