This tournament, which took place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1st March 2015, was a resounding success. In this, the 2nd year with Budget Marine as title sponsor, there was a noticeable increase in boats as well as anglers entering, according to Mark de Verteuil, Tournament Chairman, ”the highest that this tournament has ever seen.” The atmosphere was one filled with sheer fun and excitement. Anglers braved the very rough waters on both days, each determined to be triumphant. Despite the heavy conditions along Trinidad’s North East Coast and Grande Boca, 142 anglers (including 4 female and 10 junior anglers) on the 32 participating boats still managed a good catch totaling 2609.75lbs of fish, 72 Wahoo and 1 Kingfish. The gesture of the Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association (TGFA) with their donation of 1000 pounds of fish to various charities was a reflection of the support and passion of the game fishing community and their desire to give back.
Gi Gi II, captain Winston Chong Ashing, won the Best Boat prize, Weigh to Go, captain Robert Mac Lean, placed 2nd and Blue Fever 2, captain Travis Ali, was 3rd. Fernando Navarro of Blue fever 2 won best angler, Nikita Mac Lean of Ruff ’n it was Best Female Angler and Heaviest Wahoo prize went to Stephen Agostini of Papasan, with a beauty weighing 77.65 lbs. Jesse De Freitas won the junior angler prize. At the prize-giving held at the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club, which was attended by David Bobb, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Sport, Risa Hall, Store Manager of Budget Marine Trinidad expressed her pleasure at the success of the fishing tournament and pledged Budget Marine’s continued support as title sponsor.
GiGi II won Best Boat prize