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2012 Dolphin Derby Top Angler, Joseph Lee. Credit: VIGFC/Dean Barnes

Register Now – VIGFC’s Dolphin Derby – April 21

Catch the largest dolphin (mahi-mahi) over 55-pounds and win $25,000 cash!

“I feel confident that the prize-winning catch will be won this year,” says Kelvin Bailey, Jr, who with Craig Friedenberg co-directs the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s Dolphin Derby, sponsored by Budget Car and Truck Rental and set for April 21, 2013. “I’ve seen monsters over 55-pounds on a regular basis out there, and with over 50 anglers expected, it’s time for that prize to be won!”

What’s more, a total of over $30,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. Cash prizes will be awarded to anglers who catch the 10 largest dolphin by weight. Ties in weight will be broken by length. The Best Boat award will be given to the vessel with the most dolphin by weight, with ties broken by count.

Last year, Joseph Lee fishing aboard the 32’ Phoenix, Southern Belle, caught the largest dolphin, a 15.9-pounder. Meanwhile, the Best Boat award went to Bob Petersen’s 27’ Monza, Fish Tales, with 21 dolphin weighing collectively 120.3 pounds.

Register for the tournament at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club in Red Hook on Friday April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The fee is $250 for member boats, which includes four anglers and four rods, with $50 for an extra rod. Non-members pay $300 with $60 for an extra rod. The Captain’s Meeting will follow registration. There’s late registration on Saturday April 20 at Neptune Fishing Supplies in Red Hook.

Fishing begins with lines in the water at 6 a.m. on April 21. All boats must be past ‘P’ dock at IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina by 4 p.m. Weigh-in will take place at the marina. The Awards Dinner will take place on Monday April 22, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club.

For more information, call 340-775-9144 or Email: [email protected]

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