|A 28 pound Wahoo captured the prize for heaviest in that category.
|Hundreds gathered at the Belize Yacht Club pier to hope to get a glimpse of
prize winning fish as boats and anglers bring in their catch.
|This angler took the prize for heaviest dolphin fish at nearly ten pounds.
|Trevor Roe (left) stands with the crew of the Camelot. Roe landed a 43 1/2
pound Sailfish to help Camelot win the $3,000 grand prize for catching the
most fish during the 12th Annual Belikin Fishing Tournament.
|Robert Hyde weighs another tuna while John Crump, Captain of the Camelot
|The boat Freedom weighed in nine tuna during the first day of the
The boat Freedom weighed in nine tuna during the first day of the
Deep-sea anglers, along with an eager audience, gathered at the Belize Yacht
Club (BYC) last weekend for the 12th annual Belikin Spectacular Blue Water
Fishing Tournament. Belikin Beer and the Belize Yacht Club sponsored the
event, which was held over the Pan American Day Holiday weekend.
This year 24 boats competed, all hoping to win the "big bucks."
The tournament offered over $100,000 in cash awards along with other prizes
and trophies. Hopeful participants competed to win the most prestigious
awards ó Top Boat and heaviest Marlin. Top Boat honor came with a $3000 cash
prize and should a lucky angler hook the heaviest Marlin, the winner would
On Saturday and Sunday afternoon crowds gathered on the pier at
the Belize Yacht Club, everyone anticipating the catches that would soon
come in. According to tournament regulations, all fishing lines had to be
out of the water by 5:00 PM and all boats had to return to the dock no later
than 8:00 PM. Many boats returned by 6:00 PM and excited onlookers watched
as large fish were unloaded and weighed. Some of the returning crews were
excited about their day out fishing, while others complained that they were
disappointed. Adults and children alike enjoyed getting a look at the
variety of fish that were brought in, and there was much conversation about
what kind of fish they were looking at. Others estimated out-loud what the
fish would weigh and friendly bets were placed. Laughter and festivity added
to the excitement as tournament officials weighed, measured and recorded
The highlight of the weekend was on Saturday, when officials
were informed by radio that a large sailfish had been bagged near St.
Georges Caye, just prior to the 5:00 PM deadline. Most of the crowd had gone
home by the time the boat "Camelot" docked, bringing in a 43-pound sailfish.
The excited angler, Trevor Roe, proudly posed with beautiful blue fish while
The San Pedro Sun photographed the happy occasion.
The awards banquet, held at the Belize Yacht Club on Sunday evening, was
hopping with happy anglers and partiers. People danced and enjoyed the
libations, provided by Belikin Beer.