For immediate release
August 21, 2010
CLICK THROUGH TOP BOAT DAY ONE IN 38TH ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
were on the North Drop, saw four and released three,” says Rich Kirst,
the observer aboard Click Through, a Wanchese
second place is Chach, the Louisiana-based
Rounding out the top three boats with two marlin releases is local charter boat, Black Pearl, a Bertram 38. New York-based angler, William Gettens released both blue marlin and landed in the top angler spot for the day.
Meanwhile, Mike Walsh on the Viking 61, De-Bait-Able, took second place in the angler category with the release of two blues and Amirita angler, Juan Anton, finished in third place with a pair of releases to his credit as well.
The big story of the day was the 5 hour and 40 minute fight aboard local charter boat, Mixed Bag, a Luhrs Express 45.
“The fish got foul hooked and this led to an epic battle,” says Capt. Rich Roberts.
“We went out for two practice days before the tournament and didn’t catch a thing, so I wasn’t really expecting anything,” says Doyle, who was invited down to fish by friend Andy Graham, who has chartered Mixed Bag for the last two years.
One hour and five minutes into the fishing day, a blue marlin bit hard on the short line and Doyle grabbed the rod. He never saw the fish, although it nearly surfaced three times before Doyle finally got the leader to the rod top and the observer called it an official release.
“The mates talked me through it, kept encouraging me and kept giving me water and Gatorade so my muscles wouldn’t cramp up,” Doyle says. “At one point, I just wanted to cut the line and be done, but I also wanted to hang in there.”
When the blue marlin did surface just before the release, Capt. Roberts estimated it at around 700 pounds.
The monster fight just proved to whet Doyle’s appetite for blue marlin fishing.
“I’m already ready for tomorrow,” he says.
The bite definitely seems to be turning on and even boats that didn’t release a fish had a good day.
had eight bites and lost them all,” says Joe Dougherty, from Jupiter,
A total of 29 blue marlin were released by the forty-one boat fleet.
The angling action continues Sunday, Monday and Wednesday – three days before and a day after the month’s full moon.
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.htm to learn more.
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. Blue signals the catch was a blue marlin, while white 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.
Monday, enjoy Cheese Burgers in
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
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
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