Slayton Wins Bastille Day Kingfish Tourney

The anglers and crowds that came to watch enjoyed big fish and lots of them at the St. Thomas Northside Fishing Club’s 21st Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament held July 12 at Hull Bay Hideaway.

Josh Slayton of St. John reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a record-setting 58.78-pounder, aboard the 33-foot custom sport fisher, World Class Anglers. Slayton pocketed $2000 in cash, a prize sponsored by NEMWIL, managed in the USVI by Red Hook Agencies, Inc.

The Second Largest Kingfish prize went to 14-year-old junior angler, Robert A. Greaux, Jr., who caught a 56.66-pounder aboard C-Hawk and won $750 in cash. Eddie Bryan, fishing aboard Jus Chillin, reeled in a 41.91-pounder to win the Third Largest Kingfish cash prize of $500, sponsored by Offshore Marine and Yanmar.

With 18 fish (141.39-pounds) caught total, Shawn Berry aboard Weapon of Mass Destruction won Best Boat and was awarded $1000 cash from Offshore Marine and Yanmar. The catch of four kingfish (50.38-pounds) earned Fernando Silva, aboard Karaho, the Best Captain award and $1000 cash from Offshore Marine and Yanmar.

Raymond Petersen’s catch of a total of 141.39-pounds of fish, aboard Weapon of Mass Destruction, earned him Best Male Angler, and a $500 cash prize from Offshore Marine and Yanmar. Tarn Hildreth, aboard World Class Angler, reeled in a total of 31.19-pounds of fish to pick up the Best Female Angler award and a $500 cash prize from Red Hook Agencies.

The Best Junior Male prize of $250 cash from Offshore Marine and Yanmar went to Robert A. Greaux, Jr., who caught the 56.66-pound kingfish aboard C-Hawk. Nicole Berry won the Best Junior Female prize, $250 cash from Offshore Marine and Yanmar, with the catch of 49.28-pounds of fish, aboard Friendship.

Nearly $12,000 was awarded this year in cash and prizes. Each year, the club makes donations to community organizations. This year’s beneficiaries were the Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue, the American Red Cross, Kidscope and the Family Resource Center. The Club also awards college scholarships.

The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is part of the French Heritage Week activities, a week observed this year from July 8-July 14.

Report and photo submitted by the Northside Fishing Club

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