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THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Check out the ABMT's new "Team" format... change has come! Now two divisions to choose from, another industry first from the ABMT! Hopefully the development of the new "Team Division" will attract boat owners who in the past were not intrested in competing by the longstanding rules of the "Angler Division".
Nice prizes will be won by the contestants in both divisions and importantly the Caclutta dollars are up for grabs by the anglers of either division! In our eyes the ABMT has found a way to "change with the times" and yet we've managed to continue honoring those who have won the tournament in the past. See New
July 24, 2016: Didn't realize it yesterday, the 3 blue marlin caught on the 'Never Say Never' were caught by young Maryann Skubal (age 21) who's father John is a long time friend of the St. Thomas fishing scene. Today Maryann caught her 4th and it appears from tonight's interview that she is hooked on blue marlin fishing! Back in the early "A" dock days her father John was first mate on the Jim Smith built 'Knightlines' with Capt. OB O'Bryan at the helm. Betsey fished a half day and was 1/1. Sodium was 1/1+1. Everyone has finished fishing and the July reporting is now complete. Anglers... Let us know if you plan to fish the 44th Annual USVI Open/ABMT (Aug. 15-19) because you will need an observer.
July 23, 2016: The 46' Bertram 'Vitamin Sea' was the hot boat today - they were 2/3+4 more. Sodium was 1/3, Betsey 3/3+1, Never Say Never 3/4 (avg. fish 300 lbs.) and Sea Hunter was 2/2. Not bad for the backside of the moon!
July 22, 2016: They are still having fun! Sodium was 1/2+3 and one fish was 500#. Mike's Betsey was 2/3+1, Sea Hunter from Panama was 0/1 and Never Say Never 0/? (small fish).
July 21, 2016: Sodium is having fun... only boat reportng was 2/2 +1 (400/250) and they caught dinner with a nice 35 lb. wahoo.
July 20, 2016: Only two boats fishing. Story of the day is on the Sodium - They were 02+2 after fighting a fish on 130 lb. for 25 minutes - but sharks got it inside the rigger mark. Capt. Randy said it was and easy 750 lb. fish. Never Say Never was 2/2 with Zac catching his 19th blue marlin!
July 19, 2016: Good again, Wave Paver 2/3+3 (Finn didn't get a shot), Pescador 4/4 (Ralph is still with us!), Never Say Never 2/2+1 (Zac walked away with it!) and Sodium 1/2. A big welcome to John Tierney and soon come the reports of the August Moon!
July 18, 2016: The top story of today deserves to be about Robbie Richards catch of a blue marlin on 30 lb. test aboard his dad's Mixed Bag. Robbie (9 yrs) and young Finn (10 yrs.) on Wave Paver and Zac (14 yrs.) on Never Say Never have all done an outstanding job as young angers this week! By the way, so far Zac has caught 4 blues in the July Open and a total of 18 since his summer of fishing began! The fleet report: Pescador 1/4, Wave Paver 2/4+1, Never Say Never 2/2, Black Pearl 1/?, A-1-A 3/3+3 (big fish!), Mixed Bag 2/2 and Sodium 1/2+1. No one is complaining about the bite or the size of the fish!
July 17, 2016: High boat of the day was Mojito with owner Jose Jr., Captains Tito, Mike (Lemonhead) and first mate Eileen - finishing up their July Moon stint going 4/4+2. Pescador was 0/4 (what?), Never Say Never 2/4, Wave Paver 1/2 blues +0/1 on whites. Sdium 1/1+1 (a first on a pitch bait) and A-1-A 1+2+1. Many reports of "all nice fish " being seen. Welcome home Captains Cujo Brinkmeir and Capt. Randy Jendersee!
July 16, 2016: Slower day but still decent... Never Say Never 2/2, Betsey 3/3, Wave Paver (Finn caught his second on a pitch!) 1/1, Black Out 0/1+ a nighttime Tarpon, Mohito 2/3 +3, Marlin Prince 1/1 White +? (didn't get Capt. Eddie's report). A-1-A 0/2 blues 1/1 on whites. Sodiaum 1/3+1 (sharked) and Andy from St. Crox 0/3 on blues.
July 15, 2016: It keeps getting better! Best story of today was aboard Wave Paver. They were 3/5+1 and young Finn Sinclair (age 10) caught his first blue marlin on a "pitch" bait. Others crushed them too... Black Out was 4/9 with fish that were 200 - 400 lbs. Mike's Betsey did well going 3/6 and Mojito was 4/5+2. Further down the famous "A" dock was A-1-A going 2/6 and Sodium hitting it at 0/3+1 including a 2 hr. fight on 130 lb. test that wound up being eaten by the sharks. Never Say Never took a break and went cruising and diving. A great day on the North Drop and stay tuned for the possibility of a record catch. The bite is on and it's looking real good for the VIGFC's upcoming July Open!
July 14, 2016: The bite is steady - big fish and ample bites! Today: Never Say Never 1/1+1, Wave Paver 2/3+2, Mojito 2/3 and Betsy 2/2. Tomorrow Black Out and A-1-A's numbers will be added to the daily report. We suggest that a big bait on the 130 is kept handy... the big girls are coming through!
July 13, 2016: Three boats out there and all had a decent day! Svengati's center console was 1/2 on whites and 0/1 on blue marlin. Jose's Mojito was 0/1 on blues +3 and they released a white. Never Say Never was hot.. they were 2/3+2 and Eddie Herbert said they had two big fish (500+) on. Tomorrow there are more boats out there and we'll be reporting on the happenings.
July 12, 2016: The fish are out there...today Never Say Never was 2/4+1 and yesterday they were 3/6=2. According to Capt. Eddie Mojito was 3/4 today when he left the drop. All nice size fish 300+ are being reported.
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12/31/15 - See the ABMT website results. So far in 2015 27,254 visitors around the world have read 61,855 pages! Thank you for your readership and we invite you to come to MarlinFest and to fish our tournaments!
TOP TEAM - STEVEN DECKOFF'S TEAM PESCADOR - 5 BLUE MARLIN
Second Place Team - Never Say Never (4 BM) - Capt. Eddie Herbert Third Place Team - Marlinraptor (3 BM) - Capt. Hunter Easthope
RELEASE MARINE - BEST BOAT AWARD PESCADOR - CAPT. JEREMY FOWLER
TOP JUNIOR ANGLER AWARD
John Deckoff - Age 16 years - SF Pescador
TOP LOCAL CHARTER BOAT
Black Pearl - Capt. Jim Estraca
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