|The boat “Baby Mel” took home the largest prize of the tournament. Captained by Robert “Robby” Guerrero Sr.(far right), the boat brought in some heavy catch, including the “biggest sailfish” caught by Robby Jr. (far left), “biggest tuna” by Andre Perez (second from left) who also won the Calcutta.|
|Winning “Youngest Angler” was Shedaney Bradley who is pictured here (left) measuring fish alongside second place captain Alberto Bradley, whose boat brought in 155 pounds of fish.|
|Jennie Staines won “Best Female Angler” in this year’s competition.|
|Chase McCann of “Miss Y Jess” won the prize for “Biggest Dorado”, weighing 32 1/2 pounds.|
|Luis Contreras & crew from Quintana Roo cashed in big, winning both the “Biggest Wahoo” and “Biggest Kingfish” in the competition.|
The 2nd Annual Fishing Tournament was a grand success as the island’s leading sports fishing enthusiasts went head to head to with boats from Belize City and a boat from Chetumal Quintana Roo to compete on who could bring back the biggest and best catch as part of this years Día de San Pedro festivities.
Boats lined up at the Ambergris Divers dock on both days of the competition bringing in their catch, while the crowd anxiously gathered round looking excitedly at what was brought in. The tournament was a two-day event that was held over the weekend, Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd. Prizes were awarded in a variety of fishing categories and boaters had a chance to win the Calcutta prize. The grand winners were based on the most poundage and are as follows: first place went to “Baby Mel” captained by Roberto “Robby” Guerrero with the most poundage of 192 pounds and cashed in on the biggest prize of $3,500 plus other prizes. Second place was “Stacey” captained by Alberto Bradley with 155 pounds, “Aaliyah Marlee” captained by Roberto Canul with 83 pounds placed third, last year’s winners “Get Some” placed fourth, captained by Adrian Heusner with 82 pounds, and “Miss Y Jess” captained by Ivan Staines placed fifth with a 75 pounds catch. Other categories in the tournament were awarded for Biggest Wahoo, which was won by Luis Contreras of “Daddy’s Toy”, and weighed in at 43 pounds. Andre Perez of “Baby Mel” won for the category of Biggest Tuna weighed in at 10 pounds eight ounces. Biggest Sailfish was given to Robby Guerrero Jr. of “Baby Mel” weighing in at 33 pounds; Biggest Kingfish was Luis Contreras of “Daddy’s Toy” which weighed in at 14 ½ pounds; Biggest Dorado was won by Chase McCann of “Miss Y Jess” weighing in at 32 ½ pounds; Biggest Barracuda was won by Jennie Staines of “Freedom” who cashed in a cell phone package. The Junior Angler prize was won by Shadaney Bradley; Top Captain was given to Enrique “Ricky” Marin as he fished in rough seas with a 23 foot lanchon. Top Female Angler went to Jennie Staines of “Freedom”, and Youngest Female Angler was received by Mariah Guerrero of team “The Rock”. The tournament once again proved to be a first class event and the fisherman and elated fans got more than they bargained for. After the official winners were announced, some generous fishermen gave their catch to the people that were on the dock. Already fishing enthusiasts and aficionados are gearing up for next year’s event!
The organizers of the tournament would like to take the opportunity to thank the businesses and supporting community who made this year’s fishing tournament such a great event.