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Weathering the Storm at Martinique

Martinique hosted their annual Billfish Tournament from November 8—12. 43 boats carried 173 anglers from Barbados, Trinidad, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin, the USA and as far afield as bonny Scotland!

Flying the flag for St Lucia were Hack Attack, Grey Ghost (Winner of St Lucia’s Billfish Tournament), Rocky Bluff and Brave Heart—who hails from Fraserburgh, Scotland.

In all, 28 blue marlin and 7 sailfish were released with the largest sailfish weighed being 46.25lbs by Francis Watt of Brave Heart. Leon Philis on Tim Manzell had the largest Blue Marlin, weighing 446.25lbs.

The four-day tournament began on Wednesday November 8 and anglers fished Thursday and Saturday with Friday as a lay day. However, when it wasn’t rough, it was usually raining, apart from the final Saturday—according to St Lucia’s Game Fishing Association’s driving force, Annie Hamu.

“The rain was torrential,” said a damp Annie, who ran fish control from game fishing boats. Flying bridge, she might have been sodden but her spirits I’m told, were never dampened!

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