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Virgin Islands 2007 Fishing Calendar Boasts a Dozen Tournaments

From marlin to mackerel, from the best in the sport to beginners, from half a day to four days sun-up to sunset, the U.S. Virgin Islands offers something for every competitive angler:

Couples Tournament – February 11
This is a half day fun time with awards intended to tie Valentines Day and couples together.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel. 340-775-9144

Golden Hook Dolphin Tournament – March 4
Fish for a day, brag for a year:  the new challenge begins.
Golden Hook Fishing Club, St. Croix. Tel. 340-778-5738, ext. 33 

Golden Hook Challenge – March 31-April 1
The beast is out there, can you find him? This year’s date change to the spring lets anglers take advantage of the annual migration of blue marlin along the South Drop.
Golden Hook Fishing Club, St. Croix. 340-778-5738, ext. 33 

Dolphin Derby – April 1
An established event that brings anglers from all walks of life to enjoy catching and eating the dolphin fish at the awards dinner following the weigh-in. Hundreds of anglers and their families enjoy the food prepared by the club.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel. 340-775-9144

Memorial Day Tournament – May 26-28
Fish your way from St. Thomas to St. Croix, enjoy a day of fish tales, food and party fun, and then fish your way back to St. Thomas.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel: 340-775-9144

July Open Kids Tournament – July 4
Held on shore and for all kids 16 and under, this event helps young islanders learn to enjoy and respect the sea around them while exposing them to possible employment opportunities it offers. This is a "no charge to entrants” event.  Over 150 kids entered in 2006 with free T-shirts, food and drink, and prizes for everyone.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel. 340-775-9144

Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament – July TBA
Hosted by the Northside Sportsfishing Club, this annual tournament is the biggest little tournament in the Virgin Islands, meaning it boasts the largest participation of anglers and fish for an inshore tournament. Weight-in and post-fishing party and festivities take place at Hull Bay Hideaway.
Northside Sportsfishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel. 340-774-5206

July Open Tournament – July 27-29
For over four decades, this prestigious event presents the winning angler an opportunity to win the famous Give-M-Line Trophy. Past winners read like a list of who’s who of sports fishing. This is an all release event. Net proceeds are donated to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel: 340-775-9144

USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament – August 25-29
One of the most prestigious blue marlin-only sportsfishing events in the world benefits the Virgin Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Contact Jimmy Loveland. Tel: 340-775-9500 or Email: loveto@islands.vi or www.abmt.vi

Guy/Gal "Reel" Challenge – September 22-23
Ladies fish against the guys on the high seas.
Golden Hook Fishing Club, St. Croix. 340-778-5738, ext. 33 

Offshore Four Tournament – September 30
This two-day event is for offshore fishermen and the most competitive event of the year, featuring the "Grand Slam.” Targeting only eatable fish, dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo, the anglers have to work to win this Small Boat Tournament double points event.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel: 340-775-9144

Golden Hook Series Finale Wahoooooo Tournament – November 10-11
The one that decides it all:  this tournament decides the annual St. Croix series winners.
Golden Hook Fishing Club, St. Croix. 340-778-5738, ext. 33 

Caribbean Auto Mark Wahoo Wind-Up – November 11
Over $30,000 in contingency prizes will be awarded for the winners of this, the last tournament of the year on St. Thomas. Large numbers of entrants and double points for small boat series contenders.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel: 340-775-9144

Small Boat Tournament Series – Season Long
Consisting of seven local events and honoring the best boats under 30-feet in length in each of those events; these may be the most prized trophies local boaters win. Over 1,000 anglers participate.
Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, St. Thomas. Tel: 340-775-9144

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