David Fengland and his 46.9lb wahoo. *Photo by Don Burgess
David Fengland and his 46.9lb wahoo. *Photo by Don Burgess
MONDAY, JUNE 18: David Fingland was happy with his catch of a 46.9lb wahoo on the opening day of the International Light Tackle Tournament.

Eight teams representing Bermuda, the United States, the Bahamas, and Trinidad are competing in the Bermuda Anglers Club tournament, which runs through Friday.

Fingland said it didn’t take him too long to get the wahoo into the boat.

“He was cruising through the chum nice and slow, but it probably took about 15 minutes.

“Conditions were lovely today, but it was unfortunate we didn’t see any fish. We were looking for tuna, but we also didn’t see any black fin and we didn’t see any yellow fin. We saw a lot of trigger fish taking our bait, but hopefully some of the other boats were luckier than us.”

Fingland said part the beauty of the International Light Tackle Tournament was that a boat could be in last on the final day and come out on top.

The Freeport, Bahamas, native is one of the veterans of the tournament, with this being his 13th year competing. He said one of the reasons he keeps coming back to Bermuda “is every year is different and every day is totally different. This is such a unique way of fishing.

“I love all the anglers and their families. I love the camaraderie. There are different people every year, but then there are the same old familiar faces as well. Plus Bermuda is such a fabulous great host.”

Spectators are invited along each day to watch the daily weigh-in at Barr’s Park starting around 4:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.