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Virgin Islands’ Game Fishing Club’s 21st Annual Dolphin Derby Set for April 24

VIGFC President, Kelvin Bailey, Jr; 2015 Top Angler Gilbert Laban; VIGFC member Melissa Petit. Credit: Dean Barnes

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

This is the top prize in the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s (VIGFC) 21st Annual Dolphin Derby, sponsored by Budget Car and Truck Rental and set for April 24, 2016.

“Fifty-five-pound dolphin have been caught here in waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands, just not in the tournament. This might be the year it all comes together for a lucky angler,” says tournament director, Lori Bailey.

Up for grabs is a total of over $30,000 in cash and prizes. 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.

“This is a very popular tournament and we have great participation from the local community. However, we would also like to invite our hotel guests to participate. There are several charter boats available,” invites Bailey.

Last year, St. Thomas angler, Gilbert Laban, fishing aboard the 34’ Calypso, Emanuel, with charter Capt. Alvin Turbe at the helm, caught the largest dolphin, a 30-pounder. Meanwhile, the Best Boat award went to The Best Boat award went to Backlash, a 37-foot Calypso in the Ocean Sufari fleet, with the catch of 251-pounds of dolphin. Kayne Santor, Kyle Santor, John Hiebert and Tom Fields were the anglers aboard Backlash.

Register for the tournament at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club in Red Hook on Friday April 22, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $275 for member boats, which includes four anglers and four rods, with $50 for an extra rod. Non-members pay $325 with $60 for an extra rod. The Captain’s Meeting will follow registration.

Fishing begins with lines in the water at 6 a.m. on April 24. All boats must be past ‘P’ dock at IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina by 4 p.m. Weigh-in is held at the marina. The Awards Dinner will take place on Monday April 25, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club, in Red Hook, St. Thomas.

The Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club appreciates the sponsorship of Budget Car and Truck Rental.

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

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