Calling all anglers!
Mark your calendars now for Sunday July 10th. This is when the Annual Bastille
Day Kingfish Tournament – the one-day inshore fishing tournament that offers
the best prizes and attracts more participants than any other of its kind in
the Virgin Islands – will take place at Hull Bay, St. Thomas.
First organized by the Northside Sportfishing
Club in 1987, the tournament last year attracted 246 anglers, including 38
junior anglers, aboard 68 boats who collectively caught 147 fish.
Last year, Ricky LaPlace aboard Toots reeled
in the largest Kingfish, a whopping 30.6-pounder and took home $2,000 in cash
and a 12-foot inflatable dinghy with 15 HP engine. LaPlace won one of over a dozen
prize categories. Others include Best Boat, Best Captain, Lady Anglers, Junior
Anglers and other fish species like Jack, Bonito, Tuna, Mackerel and Dolphin.
Fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 12
Noon, sharp, when the beach side party begins at Hull Bay Hideaway, with food,
music and fun lasting right up until 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 for the whole family, the
Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament benefits the Joseph Sibilly School, St.
Thomas Rescue, The American Red Cross and The Family Resource Center.
For more information, contact tournament
director Monica Lester, 340-774-5206.