The Virgin Islands Gamefishing Club (VIGFC) will host its annual Caribbean Auto Mart Wahoo Windup on November 7. This event marks the finale of St. Thomas’ Small Boat Tournament Series. It’s also a thrill because fishing for a prize-winning wahoo is something St. Thomas-St. John based anglers do and at the same time St. Croix anglers, with the overall winner coming from fishermen in either of these areas.
Last year, 135 anglers aboard 34 boats competed in the event. The top prize went to St. Thomas’ Mike Kuszewski, angler aboard the
Bertram 38, Black Pearl, owned by Scott Niddrie with Capt. Jim Estraca at the helm. Kuszewski, after reeling in a number of dolphin, caught a whopping 94.1-pound wahoo to win the tournament and the prized pick-up truck provided by sponsor, Caribbean Auto Mart.
That monster wahoo is making the prize figuring this year abit more difficult.
Harry Clinton, VIGFC executive director, says: “There’s a general consensus that it’s almost impossible to beat that 94-pound weight. So, we’re looking at alternatives. It might be a group of fish that will quality for top prize. Or, perhaps it will be a fish of a very specific weight. There are a variety of things we need to consider. So, what the top prize is and what you need to do to win it is still up in the air.”
The VIGFC works with industry professionals that help organize tournaments in the southeastern U.S. These folks have been scrambling in the past few months due to the number of hurricanes that have raced through the region.
While the prize-winning is still up in the air at press time, the trio-island format and fun time fishing will all be the same as in past years. For registration or additional information, call the VIGFC at: 340-775-9144.