Catch of the day: Hugh Gransaull, above, far right, celebrates a good day fishing with his family. *Photos by Don Burgess
Catch of the day: Hugh Gransaull, above, far right, celebrates a good day fishing with his family. *Photos by Don Burgess

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20: Hugh Gransaull celebrated his 91st birthday, doing what he loves best — fishing. What’s more, was he got to do it with his family as they competed in the second day of the International Light Tackle Tournament.

The Trinidad native is here with two teams, all comprised of his family — a son, three sons-in-law and two great grandsons.

He competed in the first ILTT event 20 years ago.

Gransaull said: “I’ve always loved coming here. The people are always so hospitable and they remember me. At my age I can’t say the same thing — I can recognize them but I can’t remember their names.

“Whenever they meet anyone from Trinidad they ask “Do you know Hugh Gransaull?’

“For me to come back after all these years is a pleasure, a real pleasure. Bermudians have always treated me like a brother.

“There is lovely fishing and lovely people here.”

While Gransaull has competed at the Light Tackle Tournament before, this is the first time for his son and great grandsons, but his sons-in-law have competed in Bermuda before.

With so many family members, Gransaull has two boats competing in the event and representing Trinidad.

He said Bermuda “is one of the best places to come to go fishing. It’s really well looked after here. It’s a pleasure coming here.”

“I’m 91 and I’m fortunate to be here. Right now, I feel less than 91.”

He said fishing has help keep him young and he’s been doing it all his life.

“The two most wonderful things that can happen to anybody, is being a sports fisherman and being a golfer.

“Because the people you meet fishing and the people you meet golfing, you never seem to forget.”