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Fun and Prizes on the Hook at Upcoming July Open Kids Tourney

Big fish, little fish. Ugly fish, cutest fish. These are just some of the prize categories tots and teens can fish for this Fourth of July when the Virgin Islands Gamefishing Club (VIGFC) and Offshore Marine host the 43 rd annual July Open Kids Tournament.

“The real fun of this event is watching the kids fish. It may be their first time fishing or they may be regulars who look forward to this event each year. Either way, there’s nothing like the look on a kid’s face when they catch something,” says tournament director, Harald Tapp.

Kids can fish in one of three age groups: 3- to 6-year-olds, 7- to 12-year-olds, and 13- to 15-year-olds.

Kids, and parents, do have to supply their own bait and tackle, but the first 200 junior entrants receive free T-shirts, lunch, drink and prizes. Kid’s free lunch includes hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, juice and ice cream.

Prize categories include most fish, biggest fish, ugliest fish, cutest fish and funniest fish.

Fishing starts anytime July Fourth morning, but all fish must be brought for weigh in starting at 11 a.m.

Additional festivities include an inflatable fun house where kids can bounce to their heart’s content, face painting by colorful clowns, and cool spray compliments of the V.I. Fire Department who will bring their big red trucks and hoses.

Free registration will be held at Offshore Marine, located next to WAPA in Subbase, on Saturday July 1 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, call: 776-5432 or Email: htapp@offshorevi.com

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