Photo: Lady Diana entertains anglers at the Caribbean Night Show at the
37th Annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament.
Credit: Dean Barnes
August 5, 2009
REVENGE CONTINUES DAY THREE LEAD WITH 11 BLUE MARLIN RELEASES AT 37th
ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
Sports fishermen will tell you that catching is part skill and part luck.
"We got lucky" is how Capt. Mike Lemon, aboard the Revenge, describes the
catch and released of five blue marlin that boosted the boat into a
stratospheric lead with 11 blue marlin. "We went right to the 100 fathom curve
off Anegada, where about a third of the fleet was today. We had boats all around
us, but I'll tell you, we spent a good part of our day with the rod bent
Revenge owner, Sam Jennings, released three blue marlin and son, Jon,
"We hooked the first fish about 10:30 a.m. and Jon fought it for about two
hours before making the release," Lemon says. "Then the last fish, Sam's, he
fought from 4:15 p.m. for about an hour before releasing it."
Jon Jennings continues in the top angler position with 7 blue marlin
Revenge anglers caught most of their fish pitch baiting with circle
"Circle hooks are new for us," says Lemon. "It either proves you don't need
a lot of experience with them to catch fish or that we were lucky."
Circle hooks, in contrast to traditional J-hooks, are a conservation
measure that prevents fish from swallowing the hook, getting gut-hooked and
The real source of Revenge's luck today may be due to Capt. Lemon himself.
It's his birthday.
Mr. B II follows in the second top boat slot with the release of 7 blue
marlin total. The big excitement on the boat today was a blue marlin that ran
its bill into the side of the vessel and left its bill behind.
"We heard a big thump," says Mr. B II mate, Juan Carlos Torruella. "It was
a 5-minute fish, but it kept jumping all over."
Peje continues as third top boat, with 6 - or 7 - releases total. As of
9:30 p.m., the boat hadn't returned to the dock after being hooked up on a long
Total blue marlin releases for the day numbered 41 - or 42 - if Peje was
successful. This brings the three-day tournament total to 122 or 123.
The angling action continues Friday; with a lay day break for the full moon
The ABMT's final fishing action on Friday ends with the
sport fishing fleet's swift Jim Smith 'Race From The Edge'. The best place to
watch this often photo finish is from the spit of land past the pool at the
Sapphire Beach Resort. The Awards Ceremony takes place later in the evening
along with the naming of the 2009 USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Top Angler, who
pockets a $10,000 cash prize.
Started by Chuck Senf back in 1972 - and nicknamed The Boy Scout Tournament
since a portion of the proceeds have always benefited the VI Council of the Boy
Scouts of America, one of Senf's favorite charities - the ABMT has evolved into
the competitive saltwater sports fishing events in the world. It's one of
tournaments making up Bisbee's World Billfish Series and is the last leg of the
prestigious Bermuda Triangle Series and Spanish Main Series.
For more information, contact: Jimmy Loveland, tournament director at: Tel:
1-888-2-FISHVI (1-888-234-7484) or 340-775-9500; Fax: 340-779-8605; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
; Web: www.abmt.vi