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Anglers aboard Islandseeker show some of their catch as they make their way to Hull Bay Hideaway for the Noon Weigh-In Credit: Dean Barnes
Anglers aboard Islandseeker show some of their catch as they make their way to Hull Bay Hideaway for the Noon Weigh-In Credit: Dean Barnes

Register Now! Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament this Sunday!

Reel in a whopper kingfish and earn more than bragging rights. The Northside Sportfishing Club’s 26th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, set for Sunday July 13th at Hull Bay Hideaway, is your chance to catch that ‘big one’ and pocket $2000 in cash courtesy of NEMWIL. Didn’t catch a colossal king? No problem! There are more than a dozen other ways to win and over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Register now! Entry forms can be obtained now from Neptune Fishing Supplies. Register at the Captain’s Meeting on July 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Hull Bay Hideaway, or on Saturday July 12th at Hull Bay Hideaway from Noon until 7 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, entry fees are low – $45 for adults, $35 for juniors ages 8 to 17. All registered anglers receive an official Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament T-shirt, hat and TOPA canvas bag. Over 200 anglers – adults and juniors of all skill level – as well as over 50 boats are expected to enter. Boat owners take note. Tri Island Energy will provide a fuel truck at Hull Bay Hideaway on Saturday July 12 starting at 2 p.m.

Lines in the water starts at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday July 13th, and ends at Noon, sharp. From Noon until 2 p.m., while the weigh-master and judges go to work, registered anglers can quench their thirst with Coors Light and Captain Morgan Rum punch or Snapple, depending on age.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. at Hull Bay Hideaway on Sunday July 13. New this year is a Mariner’s Safety Kit valued at $500 donated by Budget Marine.

Junior anglers are eligible for the special “Catch in the Hat” drawing. All registered junior angler names will be placed in a hat. The first eighteen names drawn will receive $50 cash and the next one will win $100 dollars, for a total award of $1000. Junior anglers must be present at Hull Bay Hideaway to win. The drawing will take place during the band break Sunday afternoon. There will also be two bounce houses for the kid’s in the afternoon.

Come for the fishing and stay for the party! Cool Session Brass plays from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by the Get Together Band from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Hull Bay Hideaway will be serving a special lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs and potato and pasta salads for lunch and for dinner: beef brisket, BBQ chicken, garlic shrimp, seasoned rice, pasta macaroni, baked beans and rolls. The Armstrong Real Tasty Ice Cream Truck will also be parked at the beach during the day.

The 26th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is sponsored by Coors Light, Captain Morgan and Snapple, distributed by Bellows International; Offshore Marine, the Yamaha and Yanmar distributor in the Virgin Islands; NEMWIL, managed in the USVI by Red Hook Agencies, Inc., providing homeowners and business insurance in the USVI for over 20 years; TOPA Insurance Services Inc., and Budget Marine, the Caribbean’s leading chandlery.

First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament has become one of the highlights of French Heritage Week festivities. The event benefits the Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue and My Brother’s Workshop, as well as provides college scholarships. For information, Email nssfcvi@gmail.com or call (340) 998-0854. Follow us on Facebook!

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