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26th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament Set for July 13

Photo: Mathew Laban, far left, wins the Largest Kingfish and Best Male prizes, while Tamika Turbe, second from right, wins Best Female award at the 25th Anniversary Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. Credit: Dean Barnes
Photo: Mathew Laban, far left, wins the Largest Kingfish and Best Male prizes, while Tamika Turbe, second from right, wins Best Female award at the 25th Anniversary Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament.
Credit: Dean Barnes

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Calling all anglers! The 26th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament – the inshore fishing tournament that offers the best prizes and attracts more participants that any other of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands – will take place on July 13.

First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament last year attracted 211 anglers, including 39 junior anglers, aboard 55 boats.

Matthew Laban, of St. Thomas, reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a 34.26-pounder aboard the Calypso 34, Emanuel. Laban took home many prizes which included $2,000 in cash. In addition, there are a dozen more prize categories that include Best Boat, Best Captain, Best Male, Best Female, Best Junior Male, Best Junior Female and other fish species such as Largest Jack, Barracuda, Bonito and Mackerel.

The fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at Noon, sharp, when the beachside party begins with food, music and fun lasting right up until the time of the Awards Ceremony.

The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is one of many activities that celebrate French Heritage Week in July.

As well as being a day of fishing and fun for the whole family, the Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament benefits a variety of local organizations.

For more information, call (340) 998-0854.

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