La Mensagera Wins Wahoo Tournament – Series Title Too

Seas were rough for the Golden Hook Fishing Club’s annual
2005 Series Finale Wahoo Tournament, but that didn’t stop the fish catching
action aboard the 25-foot center console, La

first day, we headed out to a FAD on the north side of St.
Croix," says La Mensagera mate, Kevin Moran. "We didn’t have much
luck, except one wahoo and one tuna. Then, we went to
another FAD. With only two hours left before lines out, we caught four wahoo including a doubleheader. They were all on a blue and
white lure with ballyhoo. It was a really fun first day."

Come the
second day of the tournament, Moran says, "It was a really slow day. We
only caught a nice size tuna."

For their
five wahoo weighing 115.6 pounds, La Mensagera,
captained by Alberta Sanchez, won Best Boat for the tournament.

Best Boat was Golden Eagle, with 4 wahoo weighing 105.4 pounds, while
earned Third Best Boat with
the catch of 3 wahoo weighing 93.4 pounds.

It was
Golden Eagle
, captained by Joe Hollins, which boasted the angler catching the Largest
Wahoo. Richard Belliveau reeled in a 43.6-pounder.

Edgar Bengoa, fishing aboard Plumb
with Capt. Pat Barsotti at the helm, hooked
the Second Largest Wahoo, a 36-pounder.

angler, Peggy Noel, fishing from the Megu with Capt. Harold Price, rounded out the winner’s
circle with the catch of a 34.6-pound wahoo for Third

tournament marked the end of the Golden Hook Fishing Club’s yearlong series.
La Mensagera
triumphed big, as Capt.
Sanchez pocketed prizes for Best Boat in the Sportfish
Division and Best Boat Overall. Oh
, with Capt. Mike Fuller, earned Best Boat in the Billfish division.

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