25th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament Set for July 14

Vince Bryan wins the Largest Kingfish Prize in the 2012 Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Calling all anglers! The 25th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament – the inshore fishing tournament that offers the best prizes and attracts more participants that any other of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands – will take place at Hull Bay Hideaway, St. Thomas, July 14.

First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament last year attracted 228 anglers, including 41 junior anglers, aboard 60 boats.

Vince Bryan, of St. Thomas, reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a 34.43-pounder aboard the Bayliner 24, Absolutely. Bryan took home many prizes which included $2,000 in cash. In addition, there are a dozen more prize categories that include Best Boat, Best Captain, Best Male, Best Female, Best Junior Male, Best Junior Female and other fish species such as Largest Jack, Barracuda, Bonito and Mackerel.

The fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 12 Noon, sharp, when the beachside party begins at Hull Bay, with food, music and fun lasting right up until the time of the Awards Ceremony.

The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is one of many activities that celebrate French Heritage Week in July.

As well as being a day of fishing and fun for the whole family, the Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament benefits a variety of local organizations.

For more information, call 340-998-0854.

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.