“Freedom” prevails at the St. George’s Caye Day Fishing tournament

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 36            September 13, 2007

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The TOP BOAT and grand prize went to “Freedom.”

Third Place winners, “Aaliyah Marlee” bring in their huge haul.

Youngest Angler, Amir Marin from GoFish Belize, has some fun catching big fish with his dad. Afterwards at the ceremony he received his prize from newly crowned Miss San Pedro, Angie Alamilla.

Fishermen eagerly checked the scales to see if it would tip in their favor.
Here is Jovan enjoying a nice day at the beach on September 10th – St. George’s Caye Day.

The September Celebrations have long since become a part of Belizean culture. It is a festive time of year filled with ceremonies, carnivals, parades, pageants, tributes, concerts and more. This is the time when we come together to reminisce and celebrate our history, and look confidently toward a promising future. Over the September 10th weekend, San Pedro had its fair share of festivities and it started off with the official Coronation of San Pedro’s newest ambassador, Angela Alamilla.

    On St. Georges Caye Day, September 10th, Belize’s country-wide public and bank holiday, locals and its visitors, got into the celebration with a parade held in the streets of town. Later in the day, locals, anglers and partygoers rendezvoused at the Caliente beach bash eagerly awaiting the top boats return from a long day of fishing as they partook on the Family Fishing Tournament. The Sun, always in the mood for parties was on hand to catch all the great highlights of celebratory day – September 10th.

    Eleven boats headed out to the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea on Monday, September 10th, for the 3rd annual St. George’s Caye Day Family Fishing Tournament. At the end of the day, “Freedom” captained by Gilbert “Hilly Boo” Lara prevailed as top boat (240 pounds) and took the grand prize of $1,500. The event was a joint venture between the San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Game Fishing Association who over the years, have taken pride in creating an atmosphere of friendly fishing competition and wholesome family fun. Well in its third year, the family fishing tournament began at 6:00 a.m. which was the time designated for the start of the fishing day. This event was open to everyone including families, groups of friends, staff groups, organizations, etc. and the official fishing time ended at around 5:00 p.m.

    Coming in third in the competition were “Aaliyah Marlee” captained by Enrique Marin with 119 pounds of fish and walked away with the $500 cash prize. Second place went to “Christina” captained by Alberto Bradley with his 233 pounds of fish and a $750 cash prize. The TOP BOAT and grand prize went to “Freedom.” Other prizes handed out included: Roberto Bradley who caught the biggest barracuda (18 pounds), Youngest Angler went to 3-year-old Amir Marin from Go Fish Belize whilst Junior Angler went to Byron Lara aboard Freedom.

    Sponsors for the event were: Clean Up San Pedro Campaign and El Secreto Resort, Neil Sullivan of Caye Winds Property and Resort, Amigos del Mar, Jim, Tammy, Faith, Captain Sharks, Blue Water Grill, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr, Abner Marin of Go Fish, and Vern Wilson. Special thanks to the general public, police officials, sponsors and its participating anglers for making this year’s fishing tournament another family classic not to be forgotten.

    Whether you are Belizean or a visitor, this year’s September Celebrations are sure to get you up and moving to the rhythmic Belizean beats. Our nation’s Independence is next weekend, its festivities galore and you sure don’t want to miss out on this one. “Independent, Strong and Free, Belize fi all ah We!”

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