The 2009 St. Lucia Game Fishing Association’s 19th Annual International Bill Fish Tournament, hosted in IGY Marina, Rodney Bay, between September 28 and October 2, was won by Par-T-Time of Trinidad & Tobago. Second place went to Free Enterprise of St. Lucia and the third place team, Magic Lady, was also from Trinidad and Tobago.
The win by the Par-T-Time team resulted in their qualifying for the 2010 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Championships to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The all-Trinidad and Tobago team includes Captain Robert Stauble, Graham Barber, Michael Chin Leung Fatt, Mark de Verteuil, Christian Hadeed, Anthony Flynn and Allison Deveaux.
Par-T-Time also won Best Foreign Boat, and team member Allison Devaux won Best Lady Angler. Another Trinidadian, Francois Mouttet of Magic Lady, won best angler.
Allison Devaux and Christian Hadeed, both members of team Part-T-Time, placed second and third respectfully. The Trinidadians took all three top spots in a highly competitive tournament that had 95 anglers (competing on 23 boats) from England, Scotland, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Trinidad & Tobago.
Christopher Mouttet, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Association, congratulated the team on behalf of all the TTGFA members for making the country proud and said he looks forward to them giving a good showing in the 2010 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Championships—the world’s most prestigious fishing tournament.
Report submitted by Steven Valdez