Anglers from around the world are invited to compete in the island’s biggest fishing event of the year, the 14th Annual Open Fishing Tournament to be held on October 25, 2008 at Little Bay. Hosted by The Montserrat Fisherman’s Cooperative and the Montserrat Tourist Board, the event provides an opportunity for avid game fishermen, regardless of skill, to win numerous prizes and bonuses.
Little Bay’s ideal sport-fishing conditions offer enthusiasts some of the finest fishing in the world. Largely due to the volcanic eruptions that devastated portions of Montserrat nearly 15 years ago, the destination’s pristine waters remain abundant with underwater life. The island also features a variety of offshore game fish that include Marlin, Tuna and Kingfish.
“It is our hope that Montserrat gains recognition as a destination for competitive sport fishing,” said Director of Tourism Ernestine Cassell. "Anglers will find Montserrat’s annual tournament to be a challenging yet thrilling and rewarding experience."
Prizes for the best catch will be given in four categories including Kingfish, Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi Mahi. The Champion Boat prize goes to the heaviest catch and special bonus prizes are offered for anyone breaking the existing records. Past record catches include a 71 lb. Wahoo (2003), a 302 lb. Marlin (1995), a 51 lb. Dolphin (1990) and a 51 lb. King and 78 lb. Tuna (1989). To be eligible to participate in the tournament each contestant must have a completed entry form with a paid registration fee of $125EC (approximately $46 USD) per each person on the boat. All boats will depart from Port Little Bay at 4 a.m. and must return by 3:30 p.m. for the weigh-in.
Visitors attending the event will have the option to stay at the Tropical Mansion Suites conveniently located on the north end of the island close to Little Bay. The hotel is currently offering accommodations at a special nightly rate of $90 USD for single occupancy and $120 USD for double occupancy including all applicable taxes. For reservation information visit www.tropicalmansion.com or call 664-491-8767.
For information regarding the 2008 Open Fishing Tournament or registration details, contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by phone at 664-491-2230/8730 or e-mail [email protected]. www.visitmontserrat.com.
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