The recently concluded Spice Island Billfish Tournament was once again praised for being the best sport fishing tournament in the southern Caribbean. Title-sponsored this year by Republic Bank, the tournament, which ran from 26th – 30th January, hosted more than 280 anglers.
On 26th January, boats from Grenada, Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and – for the first time – Jamaica, paraded around the picturesque Carenage for the eagerly anticipated Bimini Start. At the sound of the cannon from Fort George, the 56 boats set off for Day 1 of the 2020 Republic Bank Spice Island Billfish Tournament.
After three days of exciting sport fishing competition, Magic Lady from Trinidad & Tobago captured the top prize of 1st Place Boat with a total of 12 releases and 4,200 points. Vesper from Carriacou was named the top Grenada boat, and Gary Clifford from Yes Aye was awarded the prize for Top Grenada Angler.
Francois Mouttet from Magic Lady was named the Top Angler and awarded the Spice Island Marine Services – Robert “Bob” Evans Memorial Challenge Trophy in memory of the late Robert Evans who was a key member of the local organizing committee. Anisa Thomas from Maverick (St. Lucia) copped the Top Female Angler award and Anthony Sabga Jr. from Zaaron (Trinidad & Tobago) claimed the top spot among the junior anglers.
The Grand Slam prize remained unclaimed in 2020; however, a total of 152 billfish – 20 Blue Marlin, 2 White Marlin and 130 Sailfish – were landed and released.
For full tournament results and photos, visit www.sibtgd.com
SIBT Grenada is the Southern Caribbean’s premier sport fishing event. Our tournament base is held at the Grenada Yacht Club, St. George’s, Grenada.
Bull Captures The Top Prize Annual Local Outboard Parish Competition
The Spice Island Billfish Committee (SIBT), with assistance from the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information, staged the Local Outboard Parish Competition as part of the 2020 Republic Bank Spice Island Billfish Tournament (RBSIBT).
Seventy-three (73) boats representing St. George, St. John, St. Mark, St. Patrick, St. Andrew and Carriacou participated in this year’s competition on 24th January. The prize giving ceremony was held on 29th January at the Grenada Yacht Club. Hon Alvin Da Breo, Minister with responsibility for Forestry and Fisheries, assisted with recognizing the winners in each parish and the overall top three performers in the competition.
The 2020 results saw Curtis Allard, captain of the winning boat – Bull, presented with the grand prize of a 40HP Yamaha 2 Stroke Engine, compliments Mc Intyre Bros. Ltd. and a savings account at Republic Bank.