August 7, 2009
Photo L to R: Dean "Rasta" Dunham, Tommy Lynskey,
Ryan Mertens, Jonathan 'Jon' Jennings and Sam Jennings.
Credit: Dean Barnes
REVENGE TOP BOAT, JONATHAN 'JON' JENNINGS TOP ANGLER
AT 37th ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
There was only one blue marlin released aboard Sam Jennings 58' Revenge on
the fourth and final day of fishing in the 37th annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue
Marlin Tournament (ABMT). Jennings himself caught the fish. But, when the
Revenge backed into its slip at American Yacht Harbor, 12 flags flew off the
outriggers splendidly displaying the grand total of blue marlin Sam, and his son
Jonathan 'Jon', caught throughout the tournament. This grand tally earned
Revenge the Top Boat prize, and Jon's 7 blue marlin releases netted him the Top
Angler trophy and $10,000 cash - a feat his also achieved in 1994.
"It's the crew," says Jon Jennings, about the reason for the
The Revenge crew pulled out every blue marlin release flag they had aboard
- including the special '1000th' blue marlin flag they flew when they hit this
total on September 9, 2008 - and still had to borrow one from the team of Rum
Bum, in order to display their tournament triumph.
Meanwhile, it was David Browning's 57' Dean Johnson, Mr. B II, that earned
second top boat with the release of 8 blue marlin.
"We lost two today or it would have been 10," says angler Robbie Browning.
"It was a great tournament. We'd heard the blue marlin bite was good here and
that's why we came."
No Excuse, a 59' Spencer with Capt. Tony deMoya at the helm, finished third
top boat with 8 blue marlin releases.
Lisa Kettenacker, aboard J.A.C.S., earned Top Female Angler with 3 blue
The 34-boat fleet released a total of 159 blue marlin.
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