PHILIPSBURG – Altair from St. Barths, was crowned champion boat for 2016 after catching 15 wahoo over the weekend, totaling 528.2lbs.
This year’s event saw 20 participating boats in the 9th edition of the Budget Marine Wahoo tournament. Fishing teams traveled from Nevis, St. Kitts, Saba, St. Croix, St. Barths, St. Martin and St. Maarten.
On day 1 of the competition, fishing team Altair jumped out as leader for the day with 11 wahoos caught, totaling 427.2lbs of fish, second place was Tahla’O from St. Barths with 9 wahoo, carrying a total of 281lbs of fish.
Day 2 saw a few surprises. First boat to the scales was Turn and Burn from St. Croix with a total of 15 wahoo, after not being able to fish on day 1 due to engine failure. However, their day 2 catch of 360lbs of wahoo catapulted them into second place overall.
The top boats from day 1 had slow days and could not repeat their day 1 catches, making the final results of the tournament much closer than originally anticipated.
Blue Crush from Saba showed up to the docks with a whopping wahoo weighing in at 65.9lbs, caught by their junior angler.
A few minutes later defending champions Tahla’O came to docks and started offloading fish, in total 11 wahoo and 1 yellow fin tuna, with their day 1 and day 2 catches propelling them to the champion boat for the second time.
Prizes were given for:
Best Junior Angler:
Jamaal Klaber on Blue Crush from Saba with 46.9lbs Wahoo;
Best Female Angler:
Typhanie Bosseur on Prowler from St. Maarten;
Tahla’O from St. Barths 23.6lbs;
Taotira from St. Barths 40.2lbs;
Pinche Slow Pay from St. Kitts 24.2lbs;
4th Place/2nd largest wahoo:
Tahla’O from St. Barths 60.8lbs;
3rd place/largest wahoo:
Sea Hawk from St. Kitts 74.0lbs.
Level 2: The Wahoo jackpot (a newly introduced category for 2016 and onwards)
Tahla’O from St. Barths 503.1lbs; 15 wahoo total outdueling fishing vessel Blue Crush from Saba by 0.50lbs, also with 15 wahoo total, for 2nd place overall.
Altair from St. Barths catching 15 wahoo over the weekend, totaling 528.2lbs.
Organizers of the event thanked their sponsors, and participating fishermen for making this 9th annual Budget Marine fishing tournament such a huge success, and one of the greatest so far.
Organizers also quickly pointed to next year’s event, which will be their 10th annual wahoo tournament. All intentions are to again raise the stakes and prizes for another great fishing competition.