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Saturday, June 22, 2024


Gerald Greaux, on Lady Marie an Answer 24, brought in the largest kingfish in Sunday's Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, walking away with $2,000 cash, sponsored by Vitel Cellular, and a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise for two.
A total of 256 anglers, including 36 juniors, on 70 boats, participated in this one-day inshore tournament that is the largest in terms of participation and prizes of any event of its kind. Longtime sponsors Coors Light, Snapple and Paradise Rum, distributed by Bellows International Ltd. and Offshore Marine Services, dealers for Yamaha and Caribe, as well as sponsors Vitel Cellular and FedEx, assured the event was a success.
With the moon still up, Greaux, Larry Aubain, Alvin Turbe and Ruth Gomez met in Frenchtown, St. Thomas, to board Aubain's Lady Marie, for the Northside Sportfishing Club's Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. "We started catching just after 6 a.m.," Gomez said. Just after a skipjack tuna catch ended as a throw back from a shark bite, Greaux hooked up a 43.14-pound kingfish. "We he got it up to the boat, the hook was just barely in the fish's mouth. Gerald caught it with skill, and some luck," Gomez said.
Next up was Aubain, catching a 37-pound kingfish. "The guys were contented with their catches, so they started coaching me and instructing me every step of the way," Gomez said.
Three kingfish and seven barracuda later, she racked up 88.01 pounds of fish.
Skill, luck, hard work and a bit of being in the right place at the right time – plying the south shore from Sail Rock to Frenchcap – ultimately paid off with Greaux landing the Largest Kingfish prize, Aubain picking up the Best Captain award for five kingfish totaling 108.83 pounds, and Gomez earning Best Female Angler for her third time and setting a new record for total weight in this category.
Second Largest Kingfish went to Rob Carlin who caught a 42.54-pound fish. Carlin also won Best Male Angler for his 48.36 pounds total of fish. Joel Questel reeled in the Third Largest Kingfish -a 37.80 pounder – on the Gizmo.
Carlin pocketed a $750 cash prize sponsored by FedEx, and a pair of round-trip tickets for two on U.S. Airways. Questel won $500 cash, sponsored by Coors Light. Coors Light and Snapple also sponsored all the other cash prizes awarded to the remaining categories of tournament winners.
For his Best Captain win, Aubain won a Caribe C-9 inflatable dinghy with 8HP Yamaha engine donated by Offshore Marine. The Best Boat award went to Fire Fly, with Capt. David Bryan, who reeled in 15 fish weighing 52.35 pounds.
In the Junior Category, Luc Questel won Best Junior Male, aboard Gizmo, with 44.84 pounds of fish, while Tiffanie Bryan, fishing from Fire Fly, won Best Junior Female with 47.08 pounds of fish. Both of these weights set new tournament records for their category.
Although the tournament was focused around kingfish, other species earned anglers prizes too.
Lionel Olive Sr., fishing aboard Sara Lee won the Largest Jack, a 10.62 pounder. Kevin Scotak's 21.24 pound barracuda, caught on Rock-N-Roll, earned the award for this species. The Largest Bonito was caught by Ben Stout, aboard Fruit Loops, a 7.53 pounder. Largest Tuna went to Helen Petersen fishing from Island Warrior, with a 7.71 pounder. A 30.72 pound catch earned Peter Baker, aboard Sea Gull, the Largest Dolphin, a record breaker for this species in the history of the tournament. Finally, junior angler Adam Turbe, aboard the Mary B., caught the Largest Mackerel, a 7.86 pounder.
The catches were officially weighted by judge Herman Richardson.
Each year, the Northside Sportfishing Club makes donations to community organizations. This year, over $3000 was given to beneficiaries: The Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue, the American Red Cross, and The Victims Advocate Program.
2000 Results
70 Boats
256 Anglers (includes 36 Jr. Anglers)
170 Fish, Total Weight 1593.38 lbs.
38 Kingfish, Total Weight 593322.38 lbs.
Largest Kingfish———Gerald Greaux—–43.14——–Lady Marie
2nd Largest Kingfish—-Rob Carlin———42.54———Pablo's Boat
3rd Largest Kingfish—-Joel Questel——–37.80———Gizmo
Best Boat—————-David Bryan——–15 fish——-Fire Fly
(52.35 lbs.)
Best Captain————-Larry Aubain——-5 kingfish—Lady Marie
(108.83 lbs.)
Best Female————–Ruth Gomez——-88.01(*)—-Lady Marie
Best Male—————-Rob Carlin———-48.36——-Pablo's Boat
Best Junior Male——-Luc Questel———-44.84(*)—Gizmo
Best Junior Female—–Tiffanie Bryan——-47.08(*)—Fire Fly
Largest Jack————-Lionel Olive, Sr.—-10.62——-Sara Lee
Largest Barracuda——Kevin Scotak——–21.24——Rock-N-Roll
Largest Bonito———-Ben Stout————7.53——-Fruit Loops
Largest Tuna————Helen Petersen——7.71——-Island Warrior
Largest Mackerel——-Adam Turbe——–7.86——–Mary B.
Largest Dolphin———-Peter Baker——–30.72(*)—Sea Gull
*New Tournament Record

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