38TH ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT, THE ‘BOY SCOUT TOURNAMENT’ SET FOR AUGUST 21-25
Forty-two-plus boats are revving up to fish the 38th annual USVI Open Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament’s (ABMT), also known as the ‘Boy Scout Tournament’ for the organization the event benefits. Fishing will take place August 21, 22, 23 and 25, out of American Yacht Harbor on St. Thomas.
The docks are filling up with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of sports fishermen ready to compete in this ‘Super Bowl of Sports Fishing’. There’s Click Through, which just won the Bermuda Triple Crown in July. Bermuda Triangle Series teams are here aboard vessels such as Freedom and the brand new Uno Mas, as are Spanish Main Series contenders like Big OH, which just won the July Open Billfish Tournament, as well as Done Deal, Fa-La-Me, Peje and Gulf Rascal.
“We want to
welcome our first time visitors from the Gulf,” says tournament director, Jimmy
Loveland. “Some of these boats include Reel
Worthless, Reel Addiction, CZ-Girl, Done Deal and Sea
even be some hot action in the Junior
For the first time, viewers can get in on the fun from anywhere in the world by entering the boat pool on line for the chance to win prizes. Visit: www.abmt.vi/pages/boatpool_2010.htm to learn more.
are starting to line up on the North Drop’s blue marlin highway,” says
Last year, a 34-boat fleet released a total of 159 blue marlin over four days of fishing.
Final registration will take place on Thursday August 19. The cut-off is at 4 p.m. and the number to call is (340) 714-4368.
tournament Kick-Off Party, which will be held on Friday August 20 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club in Red Hook, will be the place where
Pat Rybovich will debut and offer for sale her exquisite coffee table book,
Rybovich. This four-year labor of love, which contains in-depth research and
many photos, chronicles Rybovich’s family’s classic boat building in
celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary. The book will be
available for sale throughout the tournament at events such as the Full
On Saturday August 21, the first day of fishing will kick-off with the
Blessing of the Fleet by Capt.
The angling action continues Sunday, Monday and Wednesday – three days before and a day after the month’s full moon.
The public can catch the spirit of sport fishing by ‘doing the docks' or watching the big rigs come in around 6:30 p.m. and counting the number of marlin release flags flying from the outriggers. The more flags, the more marlin the boat released. White flags signal the catch was a blue marlin, while blue background flags denote a white marlin. Commemorative tournament T-shirts will be on sale each night of the event and there will be a cash bar and other festivities on the docks.
On Monday, enjoy Cheese Burgers in Paradise. The Boy Scouts invite visitors and locals alike to their cookout at Camp Wahoo, located by the tournament tent at the American Yacht Harbor Marina. The Caribbean Night Show starts at 8 p.m.
The ABMT’s final fishing action on Wednesday ends with the sport fishing
fleet's swift Jim Smith ‘Race from the Edge’ at 4:30 p.m. 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 2010 USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Top
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 legs of the prestigious Bermuda Triangle Series and Spanish Main Series. This year, Senf’s grandson, Blain Tomlinson, is traveling from California to present his grandfather’s famous fishing jacket, a true piece of Virgin Islands fishing history, at the Awards Ceremony.
The ABMT is fished under International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) rules, and is overseen by a professional Board of Captains and well-qualified observers.
The tournament benefits the Virgin Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
For more information, call: 1-888-2-FISHVI (1-888-234-7484), or 340-775-9500, or Fax: 340-779-8605, or visit www.abmt.vi