'Awesome' sailfish catch for Blake
A SAILFISH caught by Olympian Yohan Blake was the top catch on yesterday's final day of the inaugural West Indies Petroleum-sponsored ‘Super Stars of Port Antonio’ International Marlin Tournament.
Blake who was an angler aboard Safe Passage, landed a sailfish weighing 30.5 lbs - coming on the heels of a similar catch by a colleague angler on Thursday, which weighed 33.5 lbs.
“It is an awesome experience," commented Blake.
He continued “On a day when the rain fell heavily, I managed to land this huge sailfish. It is a wonderful tournament and from all indications, the anglers had real fun. All being well and God willing, I will be back next year. Portland is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly.”
During the three days of intense but friendly competition 16 blue marlin were tagged and released. Additionally a total of 23 lbs of Wahoo were caught, 306 lbs of dolphin, and 110 lbs of barracuda, in a tournament that attracted 15 boats and 48 anglers.
Tournament director Robert ‘Bobby’ Stewart boasted about the energy shown by team members, who worked tirelessly in making the angling competition a success.
“It was a remarkable three days of fishing," said Stewart.
He added “And although we were under threat from the inclement weather, which pounded heavily, the anglers braved the conditions and fished right up to the cut off time. This tournament is a huge success and it will only get bigger and better. The local people had access to the docks and they were able to view the many fish that were caught. For most of the anglers, it was a tremendous experience and we are already making plans for next year's staging.”