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The 11th Annual Tobago Game Fishing Tournament has come to a close and, while we didn't reach the 40 boat mark, we still broke a tournament record with 31 boats and hope to improve on that in 2007! Check out the recap of this year's competition in the News section below.

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4.7.06 - Tournament results are up!!
The 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.

Day 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.

On 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, respectively.

Over 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 & Tobago!!

We 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!

Congratulations 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!

Here's a comment sent to us from Michael Lee Yuen from the boat Mischief:

"We 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."

3.22.06 - The Billfishing Times interviews TGFT Treasurer David Wong
Be sure 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!

3.09.06 - 2006 T-Shirt Design and Tournament Updates!!
The 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 Billfish Foundation!

Buzz 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.

Last, 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!

8.10.05 - St. Lucia tournament becomes Rolex/IGFA qualifier
The 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!!

5.22.05 - TGFT members compete in 6th Annual Rolex/IGFA ITOC
Two 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.

The 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!

3.27.05 - Tournament results are up!!
The 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.

Day 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 day.

It 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.

Overall, 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 next time.

Congratulations 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!

12.9.04 - Updates, updates, updates!!
Loads 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!

11.29.04 - TGFT online store launched
Visit our online store for the latest in TGFT logo gear, and be sure to check back often for new designs and products!

10.7.04 - 2005 Prize list announced!
The 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.

Also 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).

Norman Gabriel Insurance Brokers


6.2.04 - Spearfish added as eligible species
The spearfish has been added to the list of eligible species for the 2005 tournament. Though spearfish are not found in great numbers in the fishing grounds around Tobago, spearfish have occasionally been caught. The tournament committee felt that, should such an event occur, the necessary rules should be in place.

5.22.04 - Tobago Game Fishing Tournament Team takes 2nd in Cabo San Lucas
The Tobago Game Fishing Tournament team headed off for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on May 15 to compete in the 2004 Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship, where they beat out 64 other teams to finish 2nd place in their first Pacific billfish experience. T&T natives Gerard "Frothy" de Silva, Andrew Llanos and David Wong, and Texas resident Edgar Dapremont made up the four man team.

The end of Day 1 saw the team in 11th place with the catch of one striped marlin and a 37.7 lb dolphin (mahi mahi), which was caught by Andrew Llanos, that would prove very important later in the tournament. Days 2 and 3 also saw catches of two striped marlin each, bringing the total to five marlin and one dolphin and the team's standing to 8th and 7th place, respectively.

On the last day of the tournament, the team felt good and the signs suggested a good day of fishing: the white fighting chairs of the day's charter boat were painted with stripes of red and black, the colors of the flag of Trinidad & Tobago! Sure enough, the catch for the day totaled 4 striped marlin and, with Andrew Llanos' dolphin, was enough to move the team from 7th place up to 2nd. The team's final score was 2737.7 points, 3 marlin shy of taking the first place spot in the tournament.