Abyss wins 13th Annual Billfish Tournament

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 7            February 27, 2003

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The fish might not have been biting for some but the crew of the Abyss celebrated last weekend as they were awarded Champion Boat at the finish of the 13th Annual Esso/Radisson Billfish Tournament. Captain Richard "Bo" Sjogreen was responsible for navigating the winning crew comprised of Pie Marin, Dr. Victor Lizarraga and island resident Byron Warren. As well, San Pedro's own Jennie Staines came away with the tournament's Heaviest Tuna at 11.5 pounds aboard the boat Outreach.

    Twenty-three boats took part in the tournament. An awards ceremony took place on Sunday at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina in Belize City. Based on points given for billfish only, the following anglers received prizes: Heaviest (only) Blue Marlin - 149.5 pounds - Pie Marin aboard the Abyss; Heaviest (only) White Marlin - 46.5 pounds - Dr. Victor Lizarraga aboard the Abyss; Heaviest Wahoo - 47 pounds - Jorge Castillo aboard Lara; Heaviest Dolphin (Dorado) - 40.5 pounds - James Nisbett aboard Benchaela. Also aboard Benchaela was Benny Feinstein who reeled in a 46.5 pound Wahoo to win the Top Junior Angler award.

    The Abyss also shared the Calcutta prize of $15,900 with Ms. Suzanne Wilken. The next Belize Game Fishing Association tournament will be the 2nd Annual Fun Weekend Fiesta sponsored by Federal Express scheduled for sometime this summer.

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