The Grenada fishing team captained by Derick Steele, with crew members Robert Evans, Richard McIntyre and Leslie Ramdhanny of Crazy Horse, won the 30th Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association (TTGFA) Marlin Madness International Game Fishing Tournament held April 21 to 24 out of Pigeon Point, Tobago.
This prestigious tournament that is sponsored by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA), The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Carib Beer has always been a popular event for local and international anglers, especially since 2008 when the IGFA Male Junior Atlantic Blue Marlin World Record was broken with a whopping 890-pound catch by junior angler Sean Mendonca (15 years old at the time) on board Indigo. The following year another massive Blue Marlin was caught by Jovan Jangoo on board Reel Finatic. This time the catch came in at 825 pounds.
The 2010 tournament was keenly contested by 128 anglers on 27 boats. The first day saw four teams in the running (Machapure, Southern Cross, Blue Fever and Another Tool) as each caught one Blue Marlin. But it was on the second day that team Crazy Horse broke away from the pack when they had a triple release (Two Blue Marlins and a Sailfish). No other boat released a billfish that day and it proved to be the deciding factor in the three-day tournament.
Team Ring Leader came from behind on the final day to release two Blue Marlins, but it was not good enough to beat team Southern Cross as they caught one more Blue Marlin on the final day to place them in second position and just ahead of Ring Leader who had to settle for third place.
Fourth place went to team Blue Fever with Another Tool taking fifth place. Finesse came sixth, and Knot Easy and Machapure placed seventh and eighth respectively.
Mark Laquis of Southern Cross copped the best angler prize, and team mate Jimmy Aboud won best junior angler.
The biggest Dolphin (56.8 pounds) was caught on the first day by angler David Brash of team Papasan while Mark Simmons of Grand Slam 11 caught the largest Wahoo which weighed in at 25.4 pounds.
The President of the TTGFA, Richard De Vertueil, said the tournament was again a huge success even though no large fish were brought to the scale as in previous years. He thanked sponsors which included Platinum Sponsors The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) and The Tobago House of Assembly (THA); Gold Sponsor Carib Beer; Silver Sponsors Black Bart, Sure Parts Ltd, Cargo Consolidators, Real Marketing and Evian Water; and Bronze Sponsors Budget Marine, Casfab Ltd, Gatorade, Smirnoff and Reel Tackle and Seafood Ltd.
Report submitted by Steven Valdez