Excalibur wins 11th Annual Bill Fishing Tournament

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 8            February 22, 2001

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Members of the Excalibur team

San Pedro's own Excalibur captained by Arely Marin captured the honor of Champion Boat at the 11th Annual International Bill Fishing Tournament last weekend. Angler Mike Marin landed the Heaviest Blue Marlin, weighing in at 245 pounds, which earned the Champion boat a total of 490 points (two points for bill fish, one for non-bill fish).

    The tournament began at 8:00 a.m. on February 9th with a Bimini start from the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina, sponsor of the event. At a poolside buffet on Sunday, prizes were announced. Besides the winners mentioned above, the following boats and anglers also took home prizes. They were: 2nd Place boat Vitamin Sea, 300 points, Angler Florence Bouloy, also named Lady Angler for her 150 pound Blue Marlin; 3rd Place boat Lady Advance, 148 points, Angler Patrick Joseph, who also captured the prize  for the Heaviest Wahoo (80 pounds and a possible record winner); 4th Place boat Papa Joe, 112 points; 5th Place boat Camelot, 58 points. Camelot's Jennie Armstrong took the prize for Heaviest Dolphin at 6 pounds. The award for Junior Angler went to Andrew Roe also of Camelot for his 15 pound Wahoo.

    Esso Standard Oil, an annual sponsor of the tournament, generously donated $10,000 for prizes.

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