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Article by Steven Valdez.
Team On ‘D Job was rewarded for a hard day’s work in the annual Budget Marine TTGFA Wahoo Blowout Tournament that was held recently at the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC) on March 22nd and 23rd, 2014.
One hundred and thirty-nine anglers competed in rough waters on twenty-eight boats along the North Coast and the Grande Boca off Trinidad. One hundred and fifteen of them were male and three were female. Twenty-one junior anglers participated in the annual event.
Captain of team On ‘D Job, David Duncan along with his teammates Adam Hive, Rolph Hive and Nigel Garcia emerged in the number one spot after they accumulated 256.6 points. They caught three wahoo on the first day and two on the second.
Team Moonshadow, captained by Mark Thompson placed second with 246.25 points followed by team Trendsetter, captained by George Sheppard in third with 231.45 points.
Nigel Garcia of team On ‘D Job won best angler with his haul of two Wahoo on the first day of the two-day tournament.
Nigel also won heaviest Wahoo with his 66lbs 1oz catch. Ajodha Singh on board, Go Up The Road came second with his 59lbs 7oz Wahoo and Dean Fakoory of team Blue Fever placed third with his 56lbs 10oz catch.
Andrew Valdez won the junior angler prize for his catch of a 46lbs 12ozs Wahoo on the first day and a sailfish, which was released, unharmed on the second day.
President of the TTGFA, Marylin Sheppard thanked the title sponsor Budget Marine, along with other sponsors, Carib Pilsner Light, John Dickinson & Company and Subway for their continued support.
At the prize giving dinner at the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC), Sheppard said that the overall catch was very good with one thousand, six hundred and eighteen pounds of Wahoo, fifty-nine pounds of Kingfish and sixteen pounds of Cavali making the scale.
She went on to say that one thousand and forty three pounds of fish was donated to several charities including the Christ Child Convalescent Home, Rainbow Rescue, St. Dominic’s Home, St. Jude’s, Battered Women’s’ Home, Blanchisseuse Community Centre, Sophia House and the Credo Home.
Mr. David Bobb, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Sport, also attended the prize giving function and the weigh station at the TTYC marina on both fishing days. Bobb was very high in praise for the conservation efforts of the TTGFA and the ongoing encouragement in getting young anglers to participate in their tournaments.
CAPTION: NIGEL GARCIA POSES WITH THE HEAVIEST WAHOO (66LBS 1OZ)