Belikin Spectacular reels in small catch

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 38            October 16, 2003

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1st Mate Dwaine Thompson, Captain Vernon Wilson, Glen Schwendinger, Simon Catewell and Tim Budd of Outreach

Ambergris Caye was filled with avid anglers last Friday who were anxious to put out to sea in search of "The Great Blue Marlin," and a chance to win $100,000 in prizes at the 11th annual Belikin Spectacular fishing tournament. Although it was announced at the end of each day's competition that not a single marlin or sailfish had been caught, the anglers continued to sail the deep blue sea, determined to score a big catch. One fishermen commented, "The fish weren't biting because the moon was full and the tide was high."

    The official awards ceremony was held on Sunday evening at the Belize Yacht Club in San Pedro Town. Master of Ceremonies Adrian Heusner of the Belize Game Fishing Association congratulated the winners and presented their prizes. Winning the first place prize of $3,000 was the team from Camelot. The second place prize of $2,000 was won by the anglers aboard Big Trouble, captained by Bob Spindler. The third place prize of $1,500 was given to the crew of Get Some and their captain, Adrian Heusner. In fourth place, winning $750, was the Outreach fishermen. Coming in fifth place was the Wide Open team who received $500.

    Although the grand prize marlin was not caught, every team was still able to hook some big ones. The winning anglers and the boat on which the fish were caught are as follows: Heaviest Dorado - 12.5 pounds - Dee Ann Musa of Carib Lady; Heaviest Wahoo - 37 pounds - R. McCory of Camelot; Heaviest Tuna - 6.5 pounds - Adrian Heusner of Get Some; Heaviest Kingfish - 32 pounds - Bob Spindler of Big Trouble.

    The prize for Top Female Angler went to Dee Ann Musa of Carib Lady, who reeled in the Heaviest Dolphin at 12.5 pounds. Top Junior Angler went to Andrew Roe for catching a 35-pound Wahoo aboard Camelot.

    The Top Dog award went to the crew of Outreach (alias "The Jetsons") for snagging a 15-pound barracuda. Angler Glenn Schwendinger of Rendezvous Restaurant & Winery in San Pedro told The San Pedro Sun, "It was slow fishing but at least everyone had time to get to know each other this year. It's always a Žspectacular' time!"

    This year's Calcutta prizes went to Camelot with first place winnings of $15,150. Second place monies went to Big Trouble, winning $7,575.

    On behalf of the Belize Game Fishing Association, Mr. Adrian Heusner offers special thanks to tournament sponsor Bowen & Bowen, to the Belize Yacht Club for hosting the ceremony, to Weigh Master Chetin Encalada, and to "Tournament Base" Leslie Rudon.
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