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Little Fry Reel in Fun at 15th Annual Innovate Wireless Handline Tournament

Some two hundred tots to teens recently took to the docks at
St. Thomas’
American Yacht
Harbor for the 15th
annual Innovative Wireless Handline Tournament.

“This has become a regular event for us,” says Lisa Newton,
Innovative’s project coordinator. “We really enjoy it. The kids and
parents always seem to have such a good time.”

Good
times there were during the August 14th event, which benefits the
Virgin Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is part of the
festivities for the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Junior anglers
relished the entire fishing process, from baiting small hooks with slimy squid
and laying belly flat on the dock. peering into the water for denizens of the
deep, to winding in a catch and running with it up to the weigh station.

“I
just put the line in, waited a minute and there it was. I thought it was going
to snap my line,” said 13-year-old Corey Pardee, a visitor from
Sacramento, California,
about his 4-pound Puffer fish.

Ten-year-old Fritz St. Rose, a St.
Thomas member of Boy Scout Troop 1, caught a 1-plus
pound Barracuda. His secret to catching it? “I stayed quiet,” he
said.

Three
Puffer fish and one Red Snapper were 4-year-old Sky Moraino’s catch for
the morning. “He fishes here all the time, right off C-dock,” says
dad, Joe Moraino, who operates a powerboat rental company.

Even
those who didn’t catch anything weren’t totally skunked. Free pizza
and beverages, goodie bags and T-shirts were given to all registered
participants.

RESULTS

UNDER AGE 10

Most Fish

1st: Aileen Phelan

2nd: Christopher Smith

3rd: Jovani Ashtian

Longest Fish

1st: Fritz St. Rose

2nd: Thomas Cordelle

3rd: Christopher Smith

Largest/Heaviest Fish

1st: Fritz St. Rose

2nd: Christopher Smith

3rd: Dominique Lizana

Smallest Fish

1st: Javon Ashtian

OVER AGE 10

Most Fish

1st: Luke Perry

2nd: Rouil Oemar

3rd: Edric Martin

Longest Fish

1st: Alayna Belsha

2nd: Etienne Lazana

3rd: Jeffrey Jacobs

Largest/Heaviest Fish

1st: Corey Pardee

2nd: Antonio Urena

3rd: Mike Vogel

Smallest Fish

1st: Brandon Cardalho

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