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Island fishermen are excited for the first-ever Spearfishing Tournament to be held in San Pedro Town on Sunday, October 28th. Aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing, the tournament is being organized by local spearfishing guides of San Pedro Town.

"In many parts of the country, they host spearfishing tournaments. So we decided to get together and host this tournament for the island fishermen as well as a way of raising awareness of this type of fishing," said Roan Gonzalez, one of the organizers.

On the day of the tournament, all participants will leave at 7AM from Boca Del Rio Park en-route to the deep sea beyond the reef. All boats are to be back at the weighing station by 4PM, where the different types of fish will be counted, measured, and weighed.

Teams will be competing to catch the biggest Hog Fish, Barracuda, Red Snapper, Black Snapper, Grouper, Jack and even Lionfish. There will also be prizes for the top three teams that accumulate the most points overall.

Spearfishing is a form of fishing using a spear. It is considered the most ecologically sustainable method of catching a fish, because a diver is restricted to shallow water, is very selective and can target the species and size of the target without the negative impacts of other fishing methods such as bycatch, bait, loss of gear and damage to the habitat.

The deadline to sign-up is on Friday, October 26th. For more information or to sign up, you can call Gonzalez at 636-6797. All spearfishing guides of Ambergris Caye are invited to join this local tournament.

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Video: Spearfishing competition on Ambergris Caye

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Team Bimini wins first Spearfishing Tournament in San Pedro

Team Bimini won the top prize during San Pedro's first annual Spearfishing Tournament on October 28th, bringing in a total of 72.6 pounds of fish. They were followed by Team Black Tuna, who took second place with 68.5 pounds and Team Main Squeeze settled for third place with 66.9 pounds of catch. The tournament, organized by Roan Gonzalez, saw the participation of 11 teams from San Pedro Town, Belize City and as far as Hopkins. The tournament was aimed at promoting the importance of spearfishing as one of the most ecologically sustainable ways of fishing.

Third place Team Main Squeeze from Belize City took home $300 cash and a $100 gift certificate. Main Squeeze also won prizes for the biggest Jack, Grouper, and Snapper. Second place went to Black Tuna, who won $400 cash and a gift certificate as well. Taking home the grand prize of $700, a $200 gift certificate and a trophy was Team Bimini, who say they will be defending their title at next year's tournament.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see LOTS more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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