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Mapepire Bites Two Years in a Row at 2010 Tarpon Thunder Tournament

The 2010 Tourism Development Company (TDC) Tarpon Thunder Tournament which was hosted at the Sweet Water Marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, was again a huge success.

This year's tournament had 110 anglers competing on 26 boats all along the North Western coast of Trinidad. A total of 154 Tarpons were released unharmed by the anglers.

Team Mapepire were again crowned champions after releasing 20 tarpons in this year's tournament. They were the winners of the 2009 TDC Tarpon Thunder Tournament with the same team members: Captain Marc Telfer, Dominic Wallace, Travis Ali, Michael De Freitas and Fernando Navarro. Second place went to team Play Hooky which was captained by Jonathan De La Rosa. Team Barbie Doll Too captained by Gary 'Gaff' Story placed third with team De Rog captained by Jonathan Bernard and D Jep captained by JP Agostini placing fourth and fifth respectively.

Joshua Camacho on board Anger Management won the best angler and best junior angler categories. Mike Holiday of team Barbie Doll Too placed second in the best angler category with Alan De Verteuil of De Rog taking the third place honors. Matthew Vilain of Anger Management and Louis Devaux of Geordie II placed second and third in the junior angler category and Susan Persad of Taz won best female angler.

At the prize giving, held at the Sweet Water Marina, Cornell Buckradee, Manager of Investment Promotions at TDC praised the organizers of the event, the Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA), for another successful year in promoting the sport of fishing in Trinidad and Tobago to foreign anglers. This year's tournament had foreign anglers make up approximately ten percent of the total amount of participants.

The winners received David Wirth Trophies, thousands of dollars in cash, Framed Pat Ford Photographs, Shimano Rods and Reels Tackle Bags, Reel Covers, Hats, Reel Tackle Vouchers and Sponsor's Products Gatorade, Carib Pilsner Light, Blue Water and Red Bull.

Submitted by Steven Valdez

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