- Tournament results are up!!
2006 tournament was another milestone success, with a record number
of boats and anglers participating AND a record number of tournament
billfish releases for Trinidad & Tobago. Thirty-three boats
registered for this year's contest but, after a few mechanical problems,
31 boats actually participated, still a new record for us. This
year, our friends from Barbados came up big, capturing top prizes
in five different categories! Happy Hunter, out of Barbados, established
dominance early on day one with five Blue Marlin releases and one
23.4 lb. dolphin, giving them a one day total of 2279.25 points
and huge lead over the rest of the pack. Angler Andrew Rapson was
responsible for three of the marlin, as well as the dolphin. The
boat Hopscotch finished day one 1000 points back with 1200 points,
with Hard Play II in third place with 781.25 points.
two saw the boat Mischief tag and release three Blue Marlin, two
for angler Nick Nothnagel and one for Stephen Dalla Costa, taking
Best Boat for Day Two with 1407.38 points and moving into second
place overall with 1819.08 points. Hook released two Blue Marlin,
brining their two day total to four, and moved into third place
overall with a score of 1700 points. Happy Hunter, while having
a quiet day with only a single 30.4 lb. Wahoo, held on to first
place with 2317.25 points.
Day Three, Hard Play II won Best Boat with two Blue Marlin releases
for 950 points, and they also moved up to take third place overall
with 1731.25 points, just edging out Hook who ended up fourth. Happy
Hunter came up blank and Mischief landed only a 41.3 lb. Wahoo,
but managed to maintain their hold on first and second place overall,
the course of the tournament, we had 44 fish come to scale, and
59 tag and release catches: 58 Blue Marlin, and one Sailfish, breaking
the record for most billfish releases in a tournament for Trinidad
hope that those boats from St. Lucia, Grenada and elsewhere in the
region that were unable to participate this year will be able to
join us in 2007, and we, of course, look forward to seeing the Bajans
back again in Charlotteville!
and thanks to all who participated in this year's tournament, we
hope to see you all again next year. Check back to the site for
next year's dates, as well as some big changes to the site overall!
a comment sent to us from Michael Lee Yuen from the boat Mischief:
had and super wonderful time in Charlotteville, the water taxis
ran on time, your fueling facility was unquestionable, fresh water
supply was excellent, breakfast and dinner was superb, bait was
in super condition, and your entire hard working committee was always
there to assist us when in need. This is my second consecutive year
fishing in your tournament and words can never be enough in expressing
how great, how wonderful, how little Tobago can deliver a game fishing
tournament with such excellence. We continue to promote your tournament
here in Trinidad and thank you for the super wonderful time. God's
richest blessings and great health, and wait with anticipation,
for the 12th Annual Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament."
- The Billfishing Times interviews TGFT Treasurer David Wong
to check out the interview over at The
Billfishing Times, with David Wong, TGFT Committee Treasurer,
answering questions about current and future plans for the Tobago
International Game Fishing Tournament, the tremendous fishing in
the region, and all the things about Charlotteville and Tobago that
make our tournament such a success every year! Big thanks to John
at The Billfishing Times for allowing us the opportunity to talk
about Tobago and our tournament!
- 2006 T-Shirt Design and Tournament Updates!!
new prize list for 2006 has been announced, and it includes lots
of outstanding equipment from Penn, Aftco and more, as well as beautiful
sculptures from world renowned wildlife sculptor, Bodo
Muche, and artwork from The
is big for this year's tournament and the projected participation
of anglers continues to grow! We expect to host many of our old
friends and make many, many new ones with entries expected from
Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia and Grenada, as well as our local
boats from Trinidad and Tobago. Anglers from Europe, North and South
America, and all over the Caribbean will be joining us for four
days of fishing, food and fun.
but not least, the design for the 2006 tournament shirts has
been finalized and it's a real "knockout"!! (pardon
the pun) This year we feature the "fighting" marlin
in fine form, ready to "duke it out" with all comers.
Sorry, enough with the boxing jokes, head on over to the TGFT
store where you'll find a variety of shirts featuring
this year's design, plus TGFT logo and other merchandise!
- St. Lucia tournament becomes Rolex/IGFA qualifier
2005 St. Lucia International Billfish Tournament, scheduled for
29 Sept. - 1 Oct. in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, has been named an IGFA
qualifying event for the 2006 Rolex/IGFA International Tournament
of Champions to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Congratulations
to our friends and fellow anglers in St. Lucia!!
- TGFT members compete in 6th Annual Rolex/IGFA ITOC
teams containing members of the TGFT tournament committee, one representing
the TGFT 2004 winners and the other representing the Sagicor/Mount
Gay Rum Tournament in Barbados, competed in the 6th Annual Rolex/IGFA
Offshore Championship in Cabo San Lucas this past week. Fishing
for the TGFT team were Treasurer David Wong and Webmaster Edgar
Dapremont, as well as winning boat captain and crew, Peter "Panic"
De Silva and Johnny Ming Hon. For Sagicor were President Gerard
"Frothy" De Silva and Secretary Andrew Llanos, as well
as friends and fellow anglers David Maharaj and Frits Faber. The
TGFT team came out strong on the first day, landing seven Striped
Marlin and a Sailfish to take an early first place lead with 2200
points. Unfortuantely, their luck slipped away as they landed only
two more Striped Marlin for the remaining three days for a total
of 2800 points, finishing 16th among the 68 international teams
present, a respectable showing nonetheless.
Sagicor/Mount Gay team produced steady results for the four days
of fishing, landing 10 Striped Marlin and a single 31.6 lb Dolphin
for a final tally of 3031.6 pts and a 13th place finish. Congratulations
to all the anglers, and a HUGE thank you to all of the folks at
the IGFA and the tournament sponsors for putting together such a
great tournament. We hope to see you again next year!
- Tournament results are up!!
2005 tournament was a fantastic success, despite the early season
start and less-than-ideal water conditions resulting from prior
heavy rains in the region. A total of 26 boats participated in this
year's contest, a new record for the TGFT. Braveheart, out of Trinidad,
took an early lead on day one with 378.3 points after tagging and
releasing a Blue Marlin, and landing a 28.3 lb Dolphin. Angler Dip
Singh of Trinidad was responsible for the marlin, his very first
in 25 years of fishing the waters off Trinidad and Tobago. The boat
Mischief finished day one a close second with 350 points, and Alpha
Lime in third place with 137.63 points.
two saw Braveheart tag and release two more Blue Marlin, by anglers
Kirk Agard and Steven Valdez, adding another 850 points to their
total and keeping them in the lead. Jessie James emerged from the
pack with 428.7 points to take second with four Yellowfin Tuna and
a single Blue Marlin tag and release. Mischief dropped back to third
with 401.5 points after landing a single Yellowfin Tuna for the
was a quiet trip for Braveheart on day three but, despite a Dolphin
and another Blue Marlin tag and release by Jessie James, the anglers
of Braveheart held the lead and took first place as Best Boat with
1228.3 points. Jessie James remained in second with 859.1 points,
and Gavilan released their second Sailfish of the tournament to
edge out Mischief for third place.
we had 43 fish come to scale, including one Blue Marlin that just
missed the minimum qualifying weight, and 11 tag and release catches:
seven Blue Marlin, three Sailfish, and one White Marlin, the first
to be seen in many years in the waters off Tobago. Also, the water
conditions in the nearby fishing grounds had many boats heading
30 or more miles offshore in search of game, and this resulted in
more than half-a-dozen hookups with Blue Marlin estimated in the
500+ lb. range. Unfortunately, none of these resulted in a successful
catch, so they'll remain "the ones that got away" until
and thanks to all everyone who participated in this year's tournament,
we hope to see you all again next year, 30 March - 2 April, 2006!
- Updates, updates, updates!!
of new information added to the site today: updated prizes and two
NEW prize categories, new charters and accommodations, and new items
added to the online store!!
Check it all out!
- TGFT online store launched
our online store for the latest in TGFT logo gear, and be sure to
check back often for new designs and products!
- 2005 Prize list announced!
list of prizes for the 2005 TGFT tournament has been added to the
Prizes page and, as last year, the top prize for the winning team
is an invitation and paid registration to the 2006 Rolex/IGFA Offshore
Championship in Cabo San Lucas, valued at US$5200.
this year, the prize for breaking the Trinidad & Tobago All
Tackle Tournament record for Blue Marlin (currently 649lbs.) is
a brand-new Suzuki Jimmy, sponsored by Lifestyle Motors & Norman
Gabriel Insurance Brokers!! This prize is valued at TT$114,000 (US$19,000).