HOOK UP IN ST. LUCIA
More than $100,000 in prizes, plus entry into the world-famous Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica, are two good reasons to hook up at the St. Lucia International Billfish Tournament. Set for November 7-11 and hosted out of IGY’s
Rodney Bay Marina, it’s the waters just north of the island and south of neighboring Martinique that are hot for single- and doubleheader blue marlin bites in the fall.
Last year, 19 tournament boats from the Caribbean, U.S. and Canada released more than 50 billfish during three days of competition. “Rodney Bay Marina has great nightlife for socializing after each day of fishing,” says Sean Devaux, marina general manager. “Plus, the tournament…features some of the best anglers in the southern Caribbean.”
Charter boats are available. Captain Mike’s, run by brothers Bruce and Andrew Hackshaw, operates a fleet of 31- to 46-foot Bertrams and hold bragging rights for catching a 940-pound blue marlin in 2003, the St. Lucia record. Exodus Boat Charters and Reel Irie are two other sportfishing charters.
Carol Bareuther, Southern Boating November 2017