Big news is that Capt. Billy Borer and Andy Courteau have taken on the directorship of the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT). This will allow Capt. Jimmy more time to focus on the building of 'MarlinFest' and the training of the growing number of students in the ABMT's beneficiary - the Marine Vocational Program (MVP). The 45th Annual ABMT fishing dates are the 4-5-6 of August. Format has changed... no more rod rotation, 1-4 anglers, basic IGFA rules and any line test is allowed. The boats have grown larger (less maneuverable) and there have been a lot of big fish out there... maybe fewer will become shark dinner with the allowance of heavier line. Everyone come down for MarlinFest and rub elbows with some of the best fishermen in the sport!
July 04, 2017 - Happy Birthday America! We in St. Thomas will enjoy the fireworks that can be seen coming from St. John which is also wrapping up a week of Carnival fun. The fishing fleet is growing, more and more boats are showing up and the fishing on the July Moon has so far been phenomenal!
June 23, 2017 - The sport of Big Game Fishing is changing and in the 45th year of the ABMT's operation comes the announcement of a big change to our rules format. The event will now be operated by IGFA rules only and there will no longer be the requirement of rod rotation or the minimum of two anglers. Nor will observers be provided to each boat to verify the species and the following of specialized angler rules. Capt. Jimmy wants it known that the primary reason for the change is because the boats are growing larger (they are now yachts) and its felt that the owner's deserve the privacy of their palaces.
June 15, 2017 - For those following the ABMT's tournament developments - We've been informed that the BVI Goverment is processing our tournament license. Dates are subject to change but right now they are Aug. 2,3,4 and 6. Our readers will note that we gave up the traditional Full Moon "Lay Day" to enable a "back to back" tournament to be operated in the BVI on the premium fishing days on the backside of the moon. The BVI has asked that we operate a tournament in their waters on their behalf and we will be discussing this with the boat owners and our captain friends.
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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