St. Thomas Airport - Catches Record Blue Marlin! see here
THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Coming up this week (Sept. 14-15) will be the exciting 2 day 'Wet N' Wild' Center Console Tournament. Presently there are only three boats committed but they are some of the best fishermen in the Caribbean! It will be interesting to see how their catch reports compare to the big boys.
The weather is Center Consold beautiful!
Tues. Sept. 13 - Second Annual Wet N' Wild kicked off from the AYH Marlin Deck tonight on a handshake. Watch for the results! This is a two day tournament with 3 very good fishing teams that are set to go at it tomorrow morning (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). They are after the "Big 5" gamefish in the area which are wahoo, yellowfin, sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin fishing on 50lb. line. Bet on it, this is the beginning of the hottest center console tournament in the world! Sponsors for next year are being invited (340) 775-9500.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 - Day 1 Report (copied from ABMT's Facebook page): Amazing the reach of social media - last night's post regarding our developing 'Wet N' Wild' center console tournament had 3324 responses! Then, hyping it more this morning we either called or emailed all the center console builders in hopes of attracting their sponsorship interest in next years' event... and then? Nothing much happened out there in marlin land... the fish took the day off! Here's the Day 1 report: On the way offshore one of our three contestants blew an engine, ouch... both disappointing and expensive. The other two boats both had a shot at a blue marlin but they didn't hang on to them. Standby for tomorrow night's report and hopefully it will be a better one. We have great tackle prizes to award the contestants and we're confident we'll have winners!
Thursday, Sept. 15 - Day 2 Report (copied from ABMT's Facebook page): Greetings Fishermen! The 2nd. Annual 'Wet N' Wild' "Big 5" Center Console Tournament is in the history books! A fun awards party was held at ITP which is a popular outdoor pizza bar overlooking the Red Hook marina. This was a 2 day event (with major league competition) and though the fishing was slow with only one blue marlin released - no one was disappointed! Reason? Because here you ride around expecting one to pop up any minute!! St. John's Team 'Ocean King' (Contender) took home a bunch of great tackle prizes and everyone has pledged their support for next year!
September Moon Reporting:
Saturday Sept. 10 - Betsey was 5/5+1, Vitamin Sea 2/3, Never Say Never 2/?, Jichi 0/2. Should be a hot moon!
Sunday Sept. 11 - Never Say Never 1/3, AiA 1/2+1, Marlin Prince `1/2, Jichi (Anegada) 1/2+1.
Monday Sept. 12 - Good day on the North Drop! Marlin Prince 1/3, Sodium 3/7+2, Gichi 2/4+1, A1A 3/4 +1, Vitamin Sea 1/2, Andy (STX) 1/2, Wave Pave 2/4. So far still 3 boats signed up for 'Wet N' wild' and they are young and excited!
Tuesday Sept. 13 - And another good day - Marlin Prince 2/2+1, A1A 0/1+1, Ghichi 3/3+1 (their last day for the summer), Wave Paver 2/?, Sodium 2/2+1, Vitamin Sea 1/2+2.
Wed. Sept. 14 - Slower - Marlin Prince 1/1, A1A 1/2+1, Vitamin Sea 1/2+1, Wave Paver 1/1, Mojito 0/2 raised to the teasers. Weather is flat. Full Moon is on Seot. 16th.
Thursday, Sept. 15 - Not so great... A1A 2/2 (double header), Wave Paver 0/1/ Vitamin Sea 0/0, Never Say Never 1/?, Bestey 1/?, Mojito 2/?, Sodium 0/0 (Happy Birthday Chad!). Full Moon is tomorrow.
Friday, Sept. 16 - A better day! Never Say Never 1/4+1, Vitamin Sea 2/3, Wave Paver 2/2+1, Betsey 2/2, Mojito 1/1, A1A 0/2, Commited 1/2, Sodium 0/1+1. - Nice weather, a beautiful large orange full moonrise over St. John tonight!
Saturday, Sept. 17 Winding down and not so hot.. Mojito 1/1, Bluefin II 1/1, Abagail III 1/2. Betsey 0/1, Sodium 2/3, Marlin Prince 0/0 and Never Say Never 0/0.
The kids on the MVP's vessel 'Straight Ahead' are learning to fish and given the choice to "boat or release" proud angler Dameon quickly decided that this yellowtail was destined for the frying pan!
Sunday, Sept. 18 The Sept. Moon bite is over. Today Abigail III was 1/1, Never Say Never 0/1, Mojito 0/0 and Sodium 0/0+1. Summer 2016 is in the history books!
Monday, Sept. 19 Hsppy Birthday to Capt. Eddie Morrison on Marlin Prince! His birthday gift from the North Drop was going 2/2 on the Blue Marlin!
St. Thomas Airport Display Unveiled - She's the 1282 lb. IGFA 'All Tackle' Atlantic Blue Marlin that was caught by Larry Martin in 1977 aboard the 43' Merritt Xiphas on the North Drop. This was a community project that required lot's of help - Gray Taxidermy restored and crated the mount, Crowley shipped it back to it's Virgin Island home (took up a 20' container!) and the kids at 'My Brothers Workshop' built it a platform to rest on. A long time friend of fishing helped with the material costs and today's airport arrivals were treated to a special sight! See photos of the project at: marlin project Also see press release on ABMT's Facebook page and listen to early morning radio interview:
TOP ANGLER - STEVE "Spanky" McFARLAND 4 BLUE MARLIN ABOARD CHAD DAMRON'S 'SODIUM' CAPT. RANDY JENDERSEE
Second Place Angler - Rod Windley - Third Place Angler - Andy Venable
RELEASE MARINE'S 'BEST BOAT' AWARD ROD WINDLEY'S GULF RASCAL CAPT. BILLY BORER
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