51st Port Antonio Marlin tourney under way
Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer
PORT ANTONIO, Portland: The 51st staging of the Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament, an angling event, was declared officially open by Hugh Perry, a senior justice of the peace (JP) at the old marina in Portland yesterday.
The JP was deputising for Governor General Sir Patrick Allen who had other commitments.
In his brief greeting, Perry, welcomed the anglers to the resort town and stressed that the competition is being held under rainy conditions, which is ideal for catching blue marlins.
"You have the perfect weather," commented Perry. "Failing to land a marlin will be no fault of ours or the weather, but rather it will be your fault, as it is perfect for fishing. For those anglers who are first timers and also our repeated anglers, I bid you welcome. I wish you happy hunting and that you continue to enjoy the weather," he added.
Twenty-six boats have been registered for this year's tournament and they will compete over what is expected to be four gruelling days of competition, where marlins weighing less than 200lb or measuring less than 99 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail will be tagged and released.
The anglers are competing for the prestigious Appleton VX trophy and other sectional prizes.
The competition will take a break tomorrow to accommodate the 30th staging of the local canoe competition, which is a one-day event, and is being sponsored by Stone's Ginger Wine.
The competition resumes on Thursday, October 2, and climaxes on Friday with a prize-giving ceremony, which will be followed by a grand 51st anniversary celebration and farewell party for the anglers.