For immediate release
August 20, 2010
41 BOATS SET TO FISH THE 38TH ANNUAL USVI OPEN/ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
“The bite began to pick up today, and like the past several decades, it will continue to pick up all week long as we approach the full moon,” says tournament director, Jimmy Loveland.
Forty-one boats and 124 anglers are registered to compete.
a high level of competition here and more boats only means more
competition,” says Capt. Eddie Morrison, who helms the local charter
boat, the 45-foot Viking,
the vessels set to fish this tournament, known globally as the ‘Super
Bowl of Sports Fishing’, include Click Through, winner of the 2010
Bermuda Triple Crown; Big OH, winner of the International Cap Cana
Shootout and July Open Billfish Tournament, and Revenge, which is the
defending champion from the 2009 ABMT. There are also several boats visiting
For the first time, viewers can get in on the fun from anywhere in the world by entering the boat pool on line for the chance to win prizes. Visit: www.abmt.vi/pages/boatpool.htm to learn more.
The angling action continues Sunday, Monday and Wednesday – three days before and a day after the month’s full moon.
The public can catch the spirit of sport fishing by ‘doing the docks' or watching the big rigs come in around 6:30 p.m. and counting the number of marlin release flags flying from the outriggers. The more flags, the more marlin the boat released. Blue signals the catch was a blue marlin, while white flags denote a white marlin. Commemorative tournament T-shirts will be on sale each night of the event and there will be a cash bar and other festivities on the docks.
Monday, enjoy Cheese Burgers in
The ABMT’s final fishing action on Wednesday ends
with the sport fishing fleet's swift Jim Smith ‘Race from the Edge’
at 4:30 p.m. 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 2010 USVI Open/Atlantic
Blue Marlin Top
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 legs of the prestigious
Bermuda Triangle Series and Spanish Main Series. This year, Senf’s
grandson, Blain Tomlinson, is traveling from
The ABMT is fished under International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) rules, and is overseen by a professional Board of Captains and well-qualified observers.
The tournament benefits the Virgin Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
For more information, call: 1-888-2-FISHVI (1-888-234-7484), or 340-775-9500, or Fax: 340-779-8605, or visit www.abmt.vi