Clive Mahabir, fishing aboard the 40-foot Luhrs Express sport fisherman Mixed Bag II, reeled in a 91.8-pound wahoo on Sunday to win the $10,000 cash prize in the Wahoo Windup, hosted by the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club (VIGFC) and sponsored by Budget Marine. Twelve boats from all three U.S. Virgin Islands and 62 anglers competed in the favorite annual fishing tournament. Full results and awards will be presented Monday night in a ceremony at the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club.
Also, the catch of eight wahoo earned Team Biscoe the title of Top Boat.
“We had a great time,” explains Dr. Byron Biscoe, whose 12-year-old son, Billy, caught three of the wahoo and 9-year-old son, Brett, reeled in one during his first-ever offshore fishing tournament. The team fished aboard Double Header’s 35-foot custom center console. “When we weren’t catching fish, we were telling fish stories and really enjoying our day together,” Biscoe says.
Cash prizes were awarded to the anglers who caught the 10 largest wahoo.
In addition to Mahabir’s five figure prize, the team aboard Double Header III caught seven of the ten largest wahoo: Chris Berry, second, with a 46.31-pounder; Tyler Maltby, third, with a 39.05-pound wahoo; Abby Bowman, fourth, 31.35-pounder; Jules Oderm, fifth, 28.05-pounder; Angela Berry, sixth, 27.61-pound wahoo; Jane Townsend, eighth, 26.4-pounder and Matt Driscoll, ninth, 26.29-pounder. St. Croix-based Livin The Dream scored the other two with Nicole Johnson reeling in the seventh largest wahoo, a 27.06-pounder, and Darby Kirby, catching the tenth largest, a 25.19-pound wahoo.
Prizes were presented at an awards dinner at the VIGFC held Monday night.
A fleet of 12 boats from all three U.S. Virgin Islands with 62 anglers fished the tournament. Personnel from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife Department, headed by director Roy Pemberton, Jr., conducted the official weigh-in.
For more information about the VIGFC, visit: www.vigfc.com