Joss Lines caught a 90lb yellowfin tuna. *Photo supplied
Joss Lines caught a 90lb yellowfin tuna. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31: Over 150 kids from across the island signed up to participate in the Bermuda Anglers Club Annual Junior Tournament. 

The event was held on Sunday, August 19 and was open to any boy and girl under the age of 16 who wanted to participate.  Prizes were up for grabs for a number of categories for boys and girls, which included fishing from shore or boat, using a rod and reel or hand line.

The weather did not do the participants any favours with plenty of wind and rain showers punctuating the day’s fishing.  But the wet weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants with plenty of smiles evident at the Front Street weigh-in.

A total of 66 junior anglers weighed in their largest fish, some of which were still very much alive. Once the weigh-in formalities were completed those live specimens were promptly returned to the waters of Hamilton Harbour to fight another day.  Bermuda’s young anglers landed a wide of variety of species like wahoo, tuna, cowfish, snapper, bream and jacks.

Tournament director Kip Froud commented the Bermuda Anglers Club was delighted with the response to the junior tournament. The junior tournament was made possible, in part, by the success of BAC’s International Light Tackle Tournament. The ILTT was held in June and the surplus from that event was used to support the junior tournament. 

Froud said: “We were very fortunate to have a great group of sponsors for the ILTT as well receiving additional support from people who want to get kids involved in fishing on the island.  We wanted to hold an event where kids all across Bermuda could participate and enjoy time with their friends and family members, and we achieved that outcome.  It was especially rewarding to see kids participating and having fun irrespective of the circumstances facing their families in these challenging economic times”.

The prize giving was attended by 25 lucky junior anglers at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club on last Sunday. The overall winner for the shoreline category, Ryan Grant, along with a guardian, received a half-day fishing trip donated by the Jolly Roger. The overall winner of the boat category went to Joss Lines, 15, who caught a 70lb yellowfin tuna. Lines received a rod and reel prize.

Dean Rea is a spokesperson for the International Light Tackle Tournament.