August 3, 2009
Carol Bareuther, RD
PUERTO RICO'S PRIME TIME LEADS DAY 1 AT 37th ANNUAL USVI
OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
The first day of fishing in the 37th annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin
Tournament (ABMT), nicknamed 'the Boy Scout Tournament' for its beneficiary,
proved to be a day of catching and releasing as the 34-boat fleet scored 42 blue
marlin for the day.
Prime Time, a Viking 52, out of Puerto Rico, took the Day 1 lead by
releasing three blue marlin first.
Javier Berrios, Prime Time angler, says, "The marlin were pretty spread out
through the day. We released two between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., then another one in
the afternoon. In total, we saw five marlin and released three, so it was a
pretty good day."
Three other boats also released three blue marlin. Their ranking on the
scoreboard is based on time, or in other words, who caught their three fish
Lady Brianna placed second, with Reel Pushy third and Blue Bird
Robert Baker, from Jacksonville, Florida, angling aboard Reel Pushy, a
Viking 64, says, "We saw fish right off the bat and ultimately saw four and
released three. The (North) Drop is always good fishing and it sure was
William Morrison, aboard Blue Bird, is leading as top angler with the
release of two blue marlin.
Albert Castro, fishing aboard Sharky's Revenge, a 46-foot Knicheloe
Nickerson, out of Florida, only released one blue marlin. But, he took the prize
for catching the first marlin of the day and of the tournament.
Rob Ruwitch, owner and angler of Sharky's Revenge, describes Castro's
catch: "We were heading down sea and had just set out the second line when I
said 'there he is' and saw a marlin come up on the cockpit teaser. We teased him
up; pitch baited and he was released in 6 to 7 minutes. Two minutes later,
another marlin came up on the same lure. We teased him up and ended up losing
the pitch in a wave. So, in the first 12 minutes of fishing we saw two marlin
and caught one. After that, we didn't see anything else for the rest of the day.
But, there's a whole lot of fishing left in this tournament."
The angling action continues Wednesday and Friday; with a lay day break for
the full moon.
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts invite visitors and
locals alike to their cookout at Camp Wahoo, located by the tournament tent at
the American Yacht Harbor Marina. It's time for Cheese Burgers in Paradise. The
Caribbean Night Show starts at 8:15 p.m.
The ABMT's final fishing
action on Friday ends with the sport fishing fleet's swift Jim Smith 'Race From
The Edge'. The best place to watch this often photo finish is from the spit of
land past the pool at the Sapphire Beach Resort. The Awards Ceremony takes place
later in the evening along with the naming of the 2009 USVI Open/Atlantic Blue
Marlin Top Angler, who pockets a $10,000 cash prize.
Started by Chuck Senf back in 1972 - and nicknamed The Boy Scout Tournament
since a portion of the proceeds have always benefited the VI Council of the Boy
Scouts of America, one of Senf's favorite charities - the ABMT has evolved into
the competitive saltwater sports fishing events in the world. It's one of
tournaments making up Bisbee's World Billfish Series and is the last leg of the
prestigious Bermuda Triangle Series and Spanish Main Series.
For more information, contact: Jimmy Loveland, tournament director at: Tel:
1-888-2-FISHVI (1-888-234-7484) or 340-775-9500; Fax: 340-779-8605; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
; Web: www.abmt.vi