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U.S. Virgin Islands Wahoo Windup Set for November 13

Catch the largest wahoo over 75-pounds and win $3,000!

This big prize is up for grabs at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s Wahoo Windup, set for November 13, 2016.

“The wahoo fishing has been really good over the last month, with a lot of nice fish in the 30- to 50-pound range and larger,” says tournament director, Paul Meyer. “We’d love to see someone get the big prize this year. That possibility is always there.”

That’s not all!

Cash prizes and carved wood trophies will be awarded to the anglers that reel in the top three heaviest wahoo, with Top Angler sponsored by Neptune Fishing Supplies. The boat team that catches the most wahoo by weight earns Top Boat, sponsored by Budget Marine. There’s also a Best Female Angler and Best Junior Angler prizes. New this year is a prize for the angler that catches the largest tuna, mahi-mahi or kingfish weighing 10 pounds or more.

New this year, and for the first time, wire line rods are allowed.

Last year, St. Thomas’ angler Angela Berry caught a 58-pound wahoo to earn Top Angler. Double Header won Top Boat with 3 wahoo collectively weighing in at 112-pounds. Berry also won Top Female angler thanks to a combined catch of two wahoo for the day tallying to 84-pounds.

Thirteen boats with 61 anglers collectively caught 16 wahoo weighing a total of 414-pounds in last year’s tournament.

Last year, St. Thomas’ angler Angela Berry caught a 58-pound wahoo to earn Top Angler. Credit: Dean Barnes
Last year, St. Thomas’ angler Angela Berry caught a 58-pound wahoo to earn Top Angler. Credit: Dean Barnes

Two anglers in tournament history have reeled in a whopper wahoo. In 2012, Clive Mahabir aboard St. John-based charter boat, Mixed Bag, with Capt. Rob Richards at the helm, caught a 91.3-pounder, while in 2003 Mike Kuszewski, fishing aboard Capt. Jim Estraca’s St. Thomas-based charter boat, Black Pearl, landed a 94.1-pound wahoo.

Entries are expected from St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

Captain’s Meeting and Registration will take place at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s clubhouse in Red Hook, St. Thomas, on Friday November 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. Entry fees are: $250 members and $300 for non-members and includes 4 rods and T-shirts for anglers. Extra rods are $60 each; no limit on extra rods.

Late registration is available on Saturday November 12 at Neptune Fishing Supplies, in Red Hook.

The fishing kicks-off Sunday November 13 with lines in the water at 6:30 a.m. The Weigh-In begins at 2 p.m. at IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina. All boats must pass ‘P Dock’ by 4 p.m. to qualify. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available to anglers at the weigh-in.

An Awards Dinner will be hosted at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s Clubhouse on Monday November 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. Non-angler dinner tickets are $15 per person.

The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club appreciates the contributions of Glazer’s Premier Distributors, LLC, which provides Miller Lite, Presidente and Cruzan Rum.

For more information, call (340) 775-9144, Email: [email protected] or Visit: www.vigfc.com

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