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Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament – $2000 Cash Top Prize

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Winners of the Bastille Day King Fish Tournament
L to R: Ernest Quetel, Sr. (2011 Largest and Second Largest Kingfish Winner) and sons Derek Quetel and Ernest Quetel, Jr. at the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament

Set the Date for July 15th – Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament


Reel in a whopper kingfish and earn more than bragging rights. The Northside Sportfishing Club’s Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, set for Sunday July 15th at Hull Bay Hideaway and held this year in honor and memory of Kimberley Brin, is your chance to catch that ‘big one’ and pocket some serious cash and prizes while enjoying the camaraderie of family and friends. Festivities also include live bands, a beach party and great food for sale. Plus, proceeds from the event benefit charitable community organizations and provide for college scholarships.

More than 200 anglers – men, women, boys and girls of all skill level – are expected to enter. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, entry fees are low – $45 for adults, $35 for juniors ages 8 to 17.

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Prize categories include Largest Kingfish, Second Largest Kingfish, Third Largest Kingfish, Best Captain, Best Boat, Best Male Angler, Best Female Angler, Best Junior Male Angler, Best Junior Female Angler and Largest Jack, Bonita, Mackerel, Barracuda.

Junior anglers are eligible for a drawing called the “Catch in the Hat” award. All registered junior angler names will be placed in a hat. The first eight names drawn will receive $50 cash and the next one will win $100 dollars, for a total award of $500. Juniors must be present at Hull Bay Hideaway to win. The drawing will take place during the band break Sunday afternoon. There will also be face painting for the kid’s in the afternoon.

Pick up entry forms at Neptune Fishing Supplies in Red Hook. A Captain’s Meeting and Registration will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Hull Bay Hideaway on Friday July 13th. Late Registration will also be held on Saturday July 14th at Hull Bay Hideaway from 12 Noon until 7 p.m. Fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday July 15th, and ends at 12 Noon, sharp. The Weigh-in and party starts at Noon.

There will be food for sale throughout the afternoon provided by Jen’s Island Café & Deli. Cool Session will play from Noon until 5 p.m. and C4 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hull Bay Hideaway will be serving a special dinner menu of Beef Brisket, Roast Pork, Rice & Peas, Potato Salad, Green Salad, Corn-on-the-Cob and Roll. The Awards Ceremony starts at 8 p.m. at Hull Bay Hideaway.

First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament has become one of the highlights of French Heritage Week July 8th-14th festivities. The event benefits the Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue and Nana Baby Children’s Home, as well as provides college scholarships.

The Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is sponsored by Coors Light, Snapple and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International Ltd.; Offshore Marine, distributor of Yanmar, Yamaha and Caterpillar; NEMWIL, managed in the USVI by Red Hook Agencies, Inc.; and TOPA Insurance Services Inc.

For more tournament information, please call: 998-0854. Follow us on Facebook!

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

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