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Record number of boats for ‘MoBay Marlin’

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry
Decorated athlete Asafa Powell (centre) is presented with the Bucket Award at last year's Montego Bay Yacht Club Marlin Tournament. Making the presentation is Erica Williams (right), brand manager, Appleton Jamaica Rum, while Bobby Stewart, chairman of the tournament committee, looks on.


Over 40 boats are now fine-tuning their preparation for the 2015 Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament, which will unfold at the Montego Bay Yacht Club in St James between September 21 and 26.

The popular international tournament, which is affectionately called 'MoBay Marlin' by stakeholders, is now in its 54th year and is one of the most anticipated events among local water sports enthusiasts.

Last year, which had a record-breaking 27 fishing boats competing, saw an average of 10 blue marlins caught each day, producing a record overall catch at the end of the tournament. The catch rate was much higher than similar high-profile tournaments staged elsewhere.

"The yield is expected to be more bountiful this year," a source close to the organisers of the six-day competition told The Gleaner. "We are expecting the tournament to be better in every way."


New events added

A number of new events will be unveiled during the week of the tournament, including a charity stand-up comedy night on Thursday, September 24, and a celebratory beach party on Saturday, September 26.

For the first time, a locally developed tournament app (application) will be available for anglers and participants. In addition, there will be a new website, which allows interested parties to follow the action real-time as well as through daily press updates during the event, which will include video and photography.

Throughout the years, 'MoBay Marlin' has not only offered fantastic fishing, but some of the best hospitality and dock life around. The tournament received international recognition last year for adopting conservation rules.

In addition, its growing regional significance has even led to the creation of a sustainable means for an increase in off-season tourism.

Last Tuesday, organisers held a 'MoBay Marlin Media Mixer' at Regency Bar, Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, where the media, organisers, registered competitors, and teammates, as well as the sponsors got the chance to mingle and talk about this year's exciting staging.