Fishing Fanatics, Grand Caribe's 2022 DeepSea Classic Tournament Is This July"/>
Anglers, get ready. Belize resort Grand Caribe is prepping for one of its biggest weekends to date with the return of the
6th Annual DeepSea Classic Fishing Tournament
this July on Ambergris Caye! Taking place Friday, July 29, Saturday the 30, and Sunday the 31,
Grand Caribe Resort
transforms into a fishing tournament base in San Pedro Town, with events kicking off on Thursday, July 28. Not to mention, there’ll be over $200,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs! Sports betting goes hand-in-hand with fishing tournaments, where rules specifically permit a little friendly wager between participants too with a healthy, mandatory Calcutta. Save the date!
The DeepSea Classic’s Schedule of Events
The weekend officially starts at 6:00 pm on Thursday night with the Captain’s Briefing, including the launch of the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) regional record of species and Grand Caribe’s partnership with the San Pedro Tour Guide Association. Here, 10% of the mandatory Calcutta goes towards scholarships for young tour/fishing guides. Each registered boat will receive its flags and free gift bags during the briefing. This year, special guests include fishing model
and world-renowned marine artist
; a silent auction for original Carey Chen artwork begins at the Captain’s Briefing.
Fishing kicks off at 6:00 am on Saturday and Sunday with Bimini for an adrenaline-packed, shotgun start.
Grand Caribe Resort’s dock in San Pedro Town will be the starting base
where all participating tournament boats in the DeepSea Classic take off from (usually at full speed) to wherever they’ll be fishing for that day. Even if you’re not in the fishing tournament itself, the Bimini start is an epic visual for an exciting weekend! On both days, it’s lines out at 6:00 pm sharp. And on Sunday,
prize giving begins right on Grand Caribe
resort grounds at 11:00 am in the West Room, with a slew of prizes. After the prize-giving, the silent auction will end and international entertainment at the pool will begin.
To enter, teams must pay a total of $3,500: a mandatory Calcutta of $2,000 and a $1,500 entry fee, which includes your boat, captain, and all anglers. Grand Caribe Resort starts the Calcutta with a $25,000 contribution. Applications to enter are now open via
Grand Caribe contributes $25k to the Calcutta. But what’s a Calcutta?
A “Calcutta” is an auction-style event that utilizes a pot and pays out either one or more winners. In simplest terms, a tournament’s Calcutta works like this:
Teams bid, auction-style, on the boat they think will win the tournament. You’re allowed to ‘buy’ your own boat, but you can also bid on another team, too.
If your bid is the highest, you’ve got their Calcutta.
All the money raised through the Calcutta ‘action’ goes into the pot.
At the end of the tournament, those who won the winning team get a predetermined payout from the Calcutta pool!
World-renowned, marine artist returns to Belize as
Grand Caribe’s special guest in their 6th Annual DeepSea Classic
fishing tournament! Chen has participated before with the exception of July 2020 during the 4th Annual, considering Belize’s international airport was closed. Chen’s trademarks are an incredible blend of colors and exquisite detail of marine scenes, including sportfishing.
Not only do guests have the option to silently bet on original artwork by Carey Chen, but the top three tournament boats receive signed and framed artwork too!
Re: 2022 Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
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This weekend in San Pedro was the 6th Annual Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic! It started on Friday, July 29th, and finished Sunday, July 31st, with over $200,000 in cash and prizes. This mega event involves many experienced fisherfolks and even international participants. This year, the fishing content creator with over 4 million subscribers, Blacktiph, participated in the highly regarded event! Also, fitness social media influencer Demi Bagby came to San Pedro to fish in the deep blues!
Team Catchin A Buzz wins the Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
It was another weekend of fun and competition in the sixth annual Grand Caribe Deep Sea Classic. The anticipated fishing tournament, held from Friday, July 29th to the 31st at Grand Caribe Belize in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, saw the participation of 42 teams across Belize, Honduras, and Mexico. With over $200,000 in cash and prizes, 42 teams answered the call, but one emerged victorious at the end of the three-day challenge. Team Catchin A Buzz, with boat number #19 and a total of 2,545 points, took home the grand prize, and team members cheerfully accepted their recognition as the top team and were presented a $90,400 cheque and trophy.
Other teams in the top five included second place, Team Carlie, with 2,530 points, followed by Team Long Range in third place with 1,049 points. Team Bejeweled claimed fourth place with 154 points, while Team Benavi 2 ended the fishing competition in fifth place with 125 points. The tournament, considered the biggest in the country, started on Thursday, July 28th, with a briefing, dinner, registration confirmation, and review about the competition’s Calcutta. A Calcutta in fishing tournaments is essentially a betting pool in which participants can bet on the outcome of the competition. In every event, a mandatory $500 from each boat is included in the registration fee. Each day all teams had to check in before 6AM at the weigh station before heading out to sea and were required to return by 6PM.
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