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Good start for Super Stars Marlin tournament

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Anglers fighting a blue marlin at sea during the opening day of the Super Stars of Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament.


On a day when seven blue marlins were tagged and released, Director of Game Fish Events and organiser of the inaugural West Indies Petroleum- sponsored Super Stars of Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament, Robert 'Bobby' Stewart, has labelled the angling competition as one with a bright future.

Speaking to The Gleaner, following day one of the three-day tourney, Stewart pointed out that the competition got off to a smooth start with all the anglers upbeat about the tournament, while committing to next year's staging.

"It was a good first day for fishing," said Stewart.

He added "The overcast sky and the light breeze made it perfect. Fourteen boats competed on Wednesday's first day, and we are expecting another three or four boats to join in - between today (Thursday) and Friday. Anglers also caught dolphins, tuna and barracuda. These will attract special prizes.

The tournament, which was launched on Tuesday, at the Errol Flynn marina in Port Antonio, will see approximately 64 anglers participating over three gruelling days of competition for varied prizes.

Yesterday, the boats Lady Susan, Keeping it Jiggy, Persistence, Gaby Milan, Odyssey, Prospect 11, and Running Over accounted for one marlin each that were tagged and released.

The tournament climaxes tomorrow with a prize giving and awards ceremony, to be followed by a stage show featuring one of Jamaica's leading reggae stars.

A beach party at the Errol Flynn marina on Saturday, featuring a Trinidadian soca band, Kesnar, will bring the curtains down on the Super Stars of Port Antonio international marlin tournament.