Fishing in October

November 11th, 2011
by Alfonso Ebanks

[private] v9-11-Our IslandsBy early Thursday night on October 13, twenty-one boats had paid the $300 inscription fee that entitled them to participate in the annual Guanaja Catch and Release Billfish Tournament. By 6 AM on Friday all were ready to sail on their quest for wahoo and marlin.

A few of the boats that showed up had been in the tournament last year; and as that contest had to be prematurely terminated because of an approaching storm, these vessels were given a special rate at inscription time.

Friday morning was blusterous with black clouds on the eastern horizon and wind gusts throughout the day. Saturday was all roses and the tournament went off without a hitch. Sunday all lines had to be out of the water and all boats at Graham’s Place, which was decked out in flags and colorful banners, by 1 PM for the tallying of their catch.

As usual the top prizes went to the guys from Roatan. Some top prizes: $3,000 and a trip to Cabo St Lucas went to DV Wood, in a México fishing contest for the most points in catch and release marlins. Danny McNab received a money prize for the biggest wahoo, and Roy Powery for the most fish caught. Roy and Richmond Hurlston had tied in numbers for the most fish category, which was then decided by a weigh-off that established Roy as the winner by two pounds. By winning this category Roy also claimed the Calcutta Pot of $750.

There were other winners, such as Derek Antunez awarded for best angler and Albert Jackson for the best fish (or fishy) story. Other prizes went to Kyle McNab, Jerald Bodden, and Barron Dixon. Our Alcalde also got recognition for his sportsmanship by towing a boat with engine trouble.

All in all the second Guanaja Catch and Release Billfish Tournament was a complete success, with local boats as well as those from Roatan, Utila and Omoa. Many Guanajans hope that next year boats will come from places even farther away.

In accordance with the rules and agreement with IGFS, the Guanaja tournament is a non-profit event, and all monies derived from it must be donated to a worthy cause. The worthy cause this year is a proposed hospital to be built on the island. Many of the winning fishermen donated their prize money to the cause. {/private]

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