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St. Thomas Airport - Catches Record Blue Marlin!
THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
We are now into our summer mode and preparing for the August activities of the 45th Annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, the 5th Annual MarlinFest and the 3 Annual Sept. Wet N' Wild Center Console Tournament. Volunteers... we need your help! Let's better the sport of Big Game Fishing and help to fund the Marine Vocational Program (MVP) by our efforts. Call 340-775-9500 to join the team.
ABMT'S BIG NEWS!
It's time to announce a major change to the format of the famous USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT). The old business saying "times change and you either change with them or go under" has become a reality.
Unfortunately a fellow tournament operator has begun a BVI tournament (same fishing waters) on the same dates as the long operating (45 years) USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Had he respectfully planned his event with a single day separation between tournaments - the fish would have still bit and the boat owners would likely have enjoyed fishing in both events.
Bottom line is efforts to fund our local youth program (now a trade school) are being threatened. We must act to protect our school’s badly needed income as well as the tournament’s rich history. We’ve developed a plan that can benefit all parties (including our BVI neighbors) and the hope is the fishing community will appreciate the ABMT's willingness to compromise - without dishonoring the feats of our winners of the past. Read Plan: Changes Here
CONGRADULATIONS USCG ENSIGN NIKOLE BARNES!
Here's a happy story to share with our readers. Nikole Bareuther Barnes, daughter of Dean Barnes and Carol Bareuther (Carol writes for ABMT) recently graduated the US Coast Guard Academy. Niki was born and raised here on St. Thomas... imagine how proud her parents are of her!
18,000 magazines were printed in time to debut at the 2017 Miami Intl. Boat Show! They are now being distributed (year-round) to marine locations on the mainland, from Key West to New Jersey. Magazine is also online (20,000 web viewers) and a link to the online magazine is provided our 5,400 Facebook followers! There are two racks featuring the magazine on the ABMT's 1282 lb. IGFA world record centerpiece in the St. Thomas airport (baggage claim area) and the publication is widely distributed around the island via public racks.
On The Edge is a great advertising buy and the profits of the magazine help to support our marine vocational program.
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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