Dia De San Pedro Fishing Tournament 2006

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 20            May 19, 2006

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Last year's tournament saw some big fish reeled in; what will be the outcome this year?

Press Release – San Pedro Town Council – Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 – Attention all lovers of sports fishing – the Annual Dia de San Pedro Fishing Tournament is just around the corner. The San Pedro Game Fishing Association has met to discuss this much-anticipated event which has been scheduled for Saturday, July 1st, and Sunday, July 2nd. The Council and organizers both feel that this tournament could serve as an attractive calling for fishing aficionados countrywide and abroad, and at the same time pay tribute to Saint Peter who was a fisherman himself.

   The winner of the event, based on Most Poundage, will receive $3,000; second place - $2,000; and third place $1,000. Prizes will also be awarded in other fishing categories including Top Junior Angler, Top Female Angler, Heaviest Blue Marlin, Heaviest White Marlin, Heaviest Kingfish, Heaviest Tuna, Heaviest Sailfish, Heaviest Wahoo and Heaviest Dorado.

   The Dia de San Pedro celebrations commence on June 29th and will end on July 2nd with the official trophy giving ceremony and beach party at the Pier Lounge/Caliente Beach. During this time many activities will be held at the Old Football Field, including cultural shows, fireworks, mechanical rides, live performances, and many other surprises. Some of the most traditional observances during the celebration include a unique boat procession around the island culminating with the water vessels being blessed by the resident priest, as well as, the Misa de Gallo (a 4:00 a.m. mass for men only), a breakfast for the entire town at the Lions Den, and a big festival commemorating the day of St. Peter.

   More information on the tournament, as well as other scheduled events will be announced in the near future. On the meantime, the organizers of the tournament are asking the business community to support this event in any way possible. Anyone needing more information regarding the “Dia de San Pedro Fishing Tournament” kindly call Mr. Felix Ayuso at telephone 622-3543/226-2198/2788, Ms. Jennie Staines at 226-2170, Hilly Boo at 601-0086 or Deputy Mayor Nano Guerrero at 600-8428.

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