Welcome to the Super Bowl of Sportfishing! It Pays to Play! Observer Information BTS Leg #3 US Virgin Islands
St. Thomas

43rd. Annual

FISHING DAYS AUGUST 26, 27, 28 & 30, 2015


The eastern tip of St. Thomas known as Red Hook isn't a full grown town as yet - but it's a self-sufficient area in terms of services. It contains a shopping center with a drug store, medical clenic, 2 banks with ATM machines and postal & secretarial service. Across the street is a busy marina, taxi stand, laundry, marine supply store and a bunch of great restaurants! Within walking distance is the public ferry to the island of St. John. And... within a 5 to 10 minute ride from Red Hook there are several hotels and many more restaurants! .

It's a good idea to make reservations for dinner. There's no need for men to wear a coat and tie, but do put on a shirt and shoes. Woman can wear skirts, long pants or nice shorts. Please, no bathing suits in public areas. Most restaurants accept major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted most places.

There is ample taxi service available during dinner hours and like everywhere else, be sure to discuss the rate before you get into a taxi. Airport to Red Hook by taxi takes 30 minutes in medium traffic. The residents of the islands are english speaking. It's a custom of the island to offer a greeting to locals before you attempt to discuss business or ask questions. Simply say "Good Day" or "Good Evening" and you'll be welcomed everwhere.


Located in Red Hook, St. Thomas - and visible for its Danish-style red-roofs - American Yacht Harbor Marina has a 105-slip capacity and two operational fuel docks, metered water and electric and telephone at every slip. A dive shop, 5 restaurants, ice cream shop, video rental store, bank, bait and tackle shop and several luxury stores are located on the AYH property. AYH's high-flying American flag - the largest in the territory - has come to symbolize not only the East End's boating center, but shopping and social hub as well. Monitoring VHF Channel 16. Tel. (340) 775-6454. Fax 776-5970.

AYH's sister marina is the newer Yacht Haven Grand (YHG), dubbed the most luxurious marina in the Caribbean!


Richard Gibson Photo - THE RITZ-CARLTON. A favorite with our anglers! The beautiful Ritz-Carlton is located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, 8 minutes away from the marinas and tournament headquarters. Nestled within a 30-acre estate, this luxury Caribbean resort overlooks the sparkling turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. At the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, guests can explore the underwater world, enjoy gourmet dining and exceptional levels of personalized service. Giving back the tournament participants and the community, the Ritz-Carlton is the sponsor of the popular "Full Moon Party" held on the tournament's lay day. Tel. (340) 775-3333. Visit the Ritz-Carlton's web site:go there


Neptune Fishing Supplies

Neptune Fishing Supplies is the best-stocked tackle shop in the Caribbean! When it's needed, you can depend on owner Stewart Loveland and his crew to find it or somehow get it!

Neptune caters to both the local and stateside fishing fleet - maintaining their oil supply and battery needs and meanwhile keeping the shelves stocked with hooks, rods, reels, lures and colorful skirts. There is also plenty of fresh bait - minnows to mackeral - you’ll find what you need!

In addition to their retail sales and rod and reel repairs, Neptune rents cars and books fishing charters, inshore and offshore.

Contact Neptune Fishing Supply at 340-775-0115 or email


Anglers, if you fish the North Drop - you'll probably spend most of your time in the waters of the British Virgin Islands. A BVI fishing license is required!

Don't wait until you arrive the VI to apply because it takes time to get one! Your boat captain will advise you of the easy online proceedure or you can contact Lori Bailey at 340-775-9144 and she'll assist you for a small service fee.


V.I. Game Fishing Club The V.I. Game Fishing Club (VIGFC) is located in Red Hook (eastern end of St. Thomas). The clubhouse is just a stones throw from the American Yacht Harbor marina. The roots of the club date back to the mid-sixties when it's founders realized the potential of big game fishing in these waters. The VIGFC proudly owns it's own club facility and it's members are very active in their community.

The VIGFC operates many year-round tournaments (Wahoo, Dolphin, Children, Couples, etc.) but the 'July Open' is the most looked forward to event by visiting fishermen. The 'July Open' is aways scheduled 3 days before the full moon. If you would like to join the Club or find out about it's many functions, tournament prizes and Calcutta - Tel. 340- 775-9144 or email See VIGFC website See Here .


Fish Tails - The freshest seafood in St. Thomas! Fried platters, steamed shrimp, oysters and clams. The local fish and lobster are fresh bought daily off the boats on the dock. Located on "P" Dock (AYH), Red Hook. Tel. 340-714-3188

Caribbean Saloon - Savor the sight of twilight over Red Hook harbor then enjoy prime rib, fresh fish or a steak cooked to perfection. Open lunch and dinner daily. American Yacht Harbor. Tel. 340-779-2261.

Schnitzel Haus - Located just 5 minutes from Red Hook on the Mangrove Lagoon next to Fish Hawk Marina. Owner Petra cooks up authentic and delicious German dishes. We promise you'll love her "home" cooking! The real deal and one of our favorites and not open on the weekends - reservations are recommended. Tel. 779-2069

XO Bistro - Located across the street from American Yacht Harbor Marina. Great wines and delicious food! Home of the Woo Woo Party! Tel. 779-2069

Island Time Pub - Located on the top deck of the American Yacht Harbour Marina. Casual with great pies to stay or go! Tel. 774-2929


Marlin Prince - Capt. Eddie Morrison

The Marlin Prince is one of the best known boats on the North Drop. Capt. Eddie Morrison has spent many years at the helm and he is always on the leader board when it comes to tournament competition. Marlin Prince is fully equipped for catching the big ones! Tournament.

Contact Capt. Eddie at 340-693-5929 or email See the Marlin Prince web page view

Black Pearl - Capt. Jim Estraca

Black Pearl is an awarding winning 38' Bertram sportfisher captained by Capt. Jim Estraca. Black Pearl specializes in marlin fishing and affords it's clients an excellent opportunity to compete in tournaments. Black Pearl is located on "P" dock at AYH Marina and is available for all Caribbean tournaments.

Contact (340) 775-9982. See the Black Pearl web page view or you can email

Bluefin II - Capt. Don Mertens

Bluefin II is owned and operated by Capt. Don Mertens who custom built the vessel himself.

Capt. Mertens has been fishing the waters of the Virgin Islands for three decades and if there is a marlin, wahoo or tuna out there - he'll find it! Bluefin II is located at American Yacht Harbor's "P" dock. Telephone (340) 775-6691.

See the Bluefin II web page view or you can email

Abigail III - Capt. Red Bailey

Mention the name Abigail III and fishermen will tell you that Capt. Bailey is one of the best in the business! "Red" as he is better known has been fishing the waters of the Virgin Islands for over 40 years and knows the marlin on a first name basis! Note in the photo left that the blue marlin seem to follow him around! Abigail III is located at the Sapphire Beach Marina and just a 3 minute drive from Red Hook. Capt. Red has taken his clients straight to the top in many tournaments!

Telephone (340) 775-6147 or 775-6024. Visit Capt. Bailey's web page view or you can email

Mixed Bag - Capt. Robert Richards

Experience some of the best sport fishing throughout the world in the Virgin Islands with Offshore Adventures.

Captain Robert Richards has been fishing in the Virgin Islands for years. Rob and his wife Marni are the owners and operators of Offshore Adventures. "Mixed Bag" is a 2000 Luhrs 40' Open Express. The boat is equipped with the latest electronics and top of the line fishing equipment.

Telephone (340) 513-0389 or (340) 776-6730. Visit Mixed Bag's web page view or you can email

Silver Fox - Capt. Colin Butler

The Silver Fox is a fast and comfortable 2011 - 40' Sea Vee with twin 480hp. Yanmar diesels. Fish offshore or inshore with top of the line tackle - Crowder Rods and Shimano Reels. Vessel is equipped with full head and is wide, dry and stable. Complete walkaround capability.

Capt. Colin Butler has many years of experience fishing and diving these waters (born and raised) and will guide you to where the fish are biting. Visit website: view or email email. Telephone Capt. Butler at Bluewater Safaris - 340-690-9291.

Ocean Surfari – Capt. Kevin Haddox

Located in beautiful Red Hook Harbor in St. Thomas, Ocean Surfari operates one of the newest fleets of boats in the Caribbean, featuring state-of-the-art amenities to enhance every aspect of your deep sea fishing experience. Ocean Surfari’s unforgettable adventures are led by a crew with decades of fishing and guiding experience, a passion for fishing, and proven skills in both local and stateside tournaments.

Ocean Surfari’s Free Spool, a Custom 48' Buddy Davis Express, offers a fast and comfortable way to fish the famous North Drop. Available for tournaments and everyday fishing (inshore and offshore). Contact Ocean Surfari for the ultimate Virgin Islands fishing experience.

Visit website: view or email. For reservations call toll free 800-358-5808

2015 - 43rd. Annual

Activities Schedule See Activities!

RATES: 2 ANGLERS $4000 - 3 ANGLERS $4500 - 4 ANGLERS $5000

Join us in St. Thomas and fish for blue marlin on the famous North Drop! The fishing dates are August 26, 27, 28 and 30. . The fishing should be great as the full moon is on Aug. 29th.

Here we fish IGFA 50lb. test tournament line. We are a "Modified Release" format, meaning you can boat a large fish in US waters but it won't count for tournament "points" unless it weighs enough to be a potential IGFA World Record.

The ABMT or "Boy Scout" is primarily an "Anglers Tournament" and may the best angler win! Visit the RULES button rules. Last year's purse Calcutta exceeded $300,000 proving that participants in a release tournament can win big bucks without putting the fish on the dock! By the way, bragging a bit... we haven't put a blue marlin on the dock since 1985!

Also See
Center Console Tournament here


The ABMT would like to say "thanks" the community of both the US and British Virgin Islands for their support of our tournaments. The profits of the events help to support our many youth programs. We ask that our contestants first use the services of our listed sponsors. For more information on the US Virgin Islands visit our Visitor's Information website at go there.