The 15th Annual Montserrat Open Fishing Tournament that took place on October 31, 2009 was once again a resounding success, with the participation of twenty seven fishermen on eight boats including five from the neighbouring island of Nevis.
A sizable crowd turned up at Moose’s Place in Little Bay to witness the weigh-in and the presentation of prizes. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Easton Taylor Farrell and the Director of Tourism Ernestine Cassell were also on hand, to welcome the visiting boats.
Black Fin from Nevis was crowned the Champion Boat and received a check for EC$2500, sponsored by the Montserrat Tourist Board. Black Fin also secured wins in two categories for the largest wahoo (49lbs) and largest tuna (17.5lbs).
Boats from Nevis continued to dominate the prizes awarded, with Miss Bluegrass winning for the largest king fish caught (20 lbs) and Fast Forward for the largest dolphin caught, which weighed in at 45.5lbs. Alison Richards took the lone prize for Montserrat boats, winning the category of largest fish caught by a lady, which was a 28 lb wahoo.
The Montserrat Fisheries Co-op and the Montserrat Tourist Board thanked all the local and overseas participants for entering the tournament, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of this year’s event.
Report and photo submitted by Montserrat Tourist Board