June 9, 2003 – The prizes are piling up for the Northside Sportfishing Club's annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, set for July 13, and hundreds of anglers are expected to vie for them.
As usual, the competition — which perennially draws the most anglers of any in-shore fishing event in the area, will be based at Hull Bay Hideaway. "Were expecting more than 300 anglers this year and are grateful for the positive response weve received from all our sponsors," tournament director Monica Lester said.
Among the prizes to be awarded:
Largest kingfish — $2,000 cash from sponsor N.E.M. (West Indies) Insurance Ltd., managed locally by Red Hook Agencies.
Second-largest kingfish — $750 cash from sponsor FedEx.
Coors Light and Snapple, distributed by Bellows International, are back as major product sponsors, having donated more than $75,000 in product and related items over the last 12 years, according to publicity.
Another perennial sponsor, Offshore Marine Services, will be offering one lucky winner a choice of three prizes: a 12-foot Caribe inflatable dinghy with a 15hp Yamaha outboard, a four-stroke 50hp Yamaha Outboard, or a two-stroke 90hp Yamaha Outboard.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Dorothea Tot Lot and college scholarships for students of French descent.
There also will be prizes for best boat, for best male and female anglers in adult and junior categories; and for whoever reels in the largest barracuda, bonito, dolphin, jack, mackerel and tuna. More than a dozen V.I. hotels have supported the event by offering overnight getaways, and numerous restaurants have contributed dinner prizes.As usual, it will be lines in the water from 5:30 a.m. to noon, then party-time for the anglers while the weighmaster and judges go to work. For the public, there will be live music with food and drink available all afternoon. And for everyone, the finale will be the awards ceremony that starts at 8 p.m.
Entry fees are $35 for adults and $20 for juniors (ages 8 to 16). The registration deadline and captains' meeting is at 7:30 p.m. July 11 at Hull Bay Hideaway. Entry forms are available now from Bryans Electrical Contracting and from Neptune Fishing Supplies. For more information, call 774-5206.
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