The Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Association held
their second annual “Best in the West” fishing tournament on
November 12th in Jolly
Based out of “Docs Dock” (Dr. Nick
Fuller’s waterside villa), eighteen entrants of all ages headed out to
sea for a long, sunny day of fun and fishing. And boy, the fishing was good!
Every entrant landed a fish, contributing to the competition total of 1443
coveted Spike Trophy was to be awarded to the Champion Boat and the competition
this year was fierce. Dough Holloway from Miss Fish brought in the
largest Wahoo, winning that prize as well as the Men’s Division trophy,
for a Wahoo weighing in at 66 pounds. Largest Tuna was won by Bridgette Van Dongen on Nichole, with a total weight of 13.2 lbs.
Jason Thomas (also crewing on Miss Fish) won the Youth Division with a
38 ½ pound catch and Caroline Edwards from Megalops
took the Ladies prize for her 33 pound catch.
the only foreign entry, Bruce B, from Montserrat,
that won the historic and uniquely Antiguan Spike Trophy. They caught eight
Wahoo that totaled 199.7 pounds. The three-man team joined the other crews and
spectators as Minister of Sport, The Honorable John Maginley
and Yachting Consultant to The Ministry of Tourism; Nigel Benjamin presented
prizes to the winners.
thanks go out to the organizers, participants and sponsors of “The Best
in the West” including: Nunes Hardware, Aquasports, Paradise Boat Sales, Woods Pharmacy, Automotive
Arts, Big Deal, Cedar Valley Golf Club, CDAL, Antigua Slipway, Catamaran
Marina, Dee’s Service Station, Harney Motors, ERA, Antigua Adventures,
Diamonds International, Budget Marine, Antigua Marine Services, Leeward Island
Boats, and Westrading.