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42nd Annual July Open Kids Fourth of July Tournament

Over 180 registered anglers took to the docks to compete in some of the hottest fishing action in the USVI. Held annually on the 4th of July, the “onshore” fishing tournament put on by the VI Game Fishing Club is hosted by Offshore Marine in Subbase.

The Tournament Director, Harald Tapp, was proud of the turnout making it one of the largest fishing events of the season in terms of anglers.The competition was fierce as the multitude of anglers battled wits in order to compete for the main prizes within their division.Proving that the apple does not fall far from the tree, Clyde Tapp, the Tournament Director’s son, drove home in his brand new vehicle won at the event – a bicycle!

You have to bring your “A” game of fishing to this tournament as there are a lot of toys, underwater adventures and hotel accommodations on the line for the tournament winner. With this event, however, everyone is a winner and no one leaves empty handed with a prize in hand and memories to keep them counting the days until next year’s event.

The competition was tightest within the 3 – 6 year old category with a tight finish between second and third. It ran down to the wire before everyone lost their focus for other priorities – juggling unicyclists and fire trucks!

If you want to compete against the best of the best, start practicing now and put it on your calendar for next year!

3-6 Year Olds

1st Antonio Danet – Total 2,030 Grams of Fish

2nd Cisco Conner – 531 grams of Fish

3rd Rylee Tepoel – 506 grams of Fish

7-12 Year Olds

1st Tristin Blanchard – Total 2,460 grams

2nd Raiyna Lanclos – 1,527 Grams

3rd Noah Natthew – 1,460 Grams

13-15 Year Olds

1st Clyde Tapp – 2,448 grams

2nd Ashby Gibson – 1,734 grams

3rd Charles Patterson – 567

Largest Fish

3-6 Year Olds

Antonio Danet – 483 Grams

7-12 Year Olds

Raiyna Lanclos – 213 grams

13-15 Year Olds

Clyde Tapp – 558 gram Barracuda

Ugliest/Funniest Fish

Michael Roberts – Harry Blenny

Smallest Fish

Cody Mettitt – 3 Grams

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