Captain Alvin, and his crew aboard Emmanuel from St Thomas, swept the board at the first annual Mahi Mayhem fishing tournament this weekend, taking $9,500 in prize money. They scooped the $5,000 top prize for heaviest mahi at 33 pounds, $2,500 for second heaviest mahi, $1,000 for heaviest overall catch, and $1,000 for heaviest mahi with an outboard engine.
Jack Cadman on Venator won the heaviest tuna award for his 65-pound yellowfin, which also won him Star Angler for heaviest fish of the tournament.
Heaviest wahoo went to E&S Team Nanny Cay BVI with their 39-pound catch. Eli James on 2 To Tango from St Thomas won heaviest kingfish with his 23-pounder. The Youngest Angler award was won by Max Reshetiloff and Sue Durham was awarded Female Angler of the tournament.
Tournament director, Ken Pemberton, from the BVI Conservation & Fisheries Department, was pleased to see 14 boats registered and 56 anglers taking part. He said: “The event was a tremendous success, very well organised at a perfect location for a fishing tournament.”
Anglers caught 573lbs of the eligible species of mahi, wahoo, tuna and kingfish. The two-day event was presented by Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries (CSF) in partnership with Nanny Cay Marina.
Giles Cadman of CSF was delighted with the turnout and said: “We had a great first event and I’m looking forward to many more. The enthusiasm has re-enforced my commitment to the fishermen of the BVI and the promotion of sport fishing to the territory.”
CSF has agreed a five-year deal to sponsor the tournament in conjunction with Nanny Cay, the BVI Tourist Board, the BVI Sportfishing Association and the Conservation and Fisheries Department.
Dates for the 2018 event are 3rd and 4th March.
Tournament festivities were held throughout the weekend. Registration on Friday night included a beach cocktail party and BBQ. On Saturday, the Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries team gave talks on currents and their work with sustainable lobster farming; children then set to work building their own lobster homes. This was followed by the weigh-in from the first day of fishing and BBQ with DJ Juice setting the mood. The excitement of final weigh-in was followed by the closing ceremony with cocktails and canapés as the sun set on the Nanny Cay beach.