On the Docks at the Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

One of the Caribbean’s most popular events

The fishing off Antigua can be outstanding: The Incognito team released three blue marlin during their pre-fishing day.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament

The Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament is one of the most popular events of its kind in the Caribbean, with an expected fleet of nearly 50 boats and thousands of spectators turning out each evening for the weigh-ins. It’s also the newest qualifying event for the prestigious Offshore World Championship: The winning team will have the opportunity to represent the Antigua and Barbuda tournament in the 2017 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica. Dan Jacobs, tournament director of the OWC, is attending the event, which is hosted at the historic Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua. The tournament also has a bonus of $100,000 for the team that breaks the tournament record for blue marlin, which currently stands at 771 pounds.

The event is hosted in beautiful Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Big John, the mate on Rum and Coke, shows the marlin what to do.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Center console boats are popular in the islands.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Double Header heads to sea.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
The fleet begins to arrive in Antigua.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Tournament prep includes respooling reels with fresh line.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Lure fishing is a popular option off Antigua.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Salt Shaker gets prepped for the tournament.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Sweet Peace at rest.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Double Rum and Coke returns to port after a day offshore.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
Sea Ghost runs for home.Courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament
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