On the Docks: Spice Island Billfish Tournament

Hot fishing marks this year’s event in Grenada

2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
The Hard Play II team celebrates their hard-fought victory in the tournament.Courtesy SIBT

The Spice Island Billfish Tournament is one of the southern Caribbean’s premier tournaments. This year’s event was held January 21 to 25, 2017, and hosted by the Grenada Yacht Club in St. Georges, Grenada. Participating boats from across the region attended, including teams from the islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique, among others. This is the second year that the event has been 100 percent catch-and-release for billfish as well.

This year's Spice Island Billfish Tournament was won by Hard Play II, based in Trinidad and Tobago. The team racked up nine billfish releases: four blue marlin and five sailfish, for 4,200 points. Reelin' & Dealin', another boat from Trinidad and Tobago, had six releases (two blue marlin and four sailfish) to place second with 2,700 points. In third was De Reel Viking from Barbados with four releases, three blue marlin and one sailfish, and 2,400 points. David Sheridan from Hard Play II was the event's top angler with two blues and three sails, and Silvie Rolles was the top lady angler with one blue marlin released on Destiny. Isaiah Aleong-Baksh was the top junior with three sailfish and one white marlin on Pair-a-Dice. Anthony Laurence landed the largest yellowfin tuna at 145 pounds on Cocobel. Max Maugee caught the largest wahoo of the tournament at 36 pounds on Two Thou, while Robert Miller landed a 37-pound mahimahi to win that category on ZuZu.

Enjoy a photo gallery from the awards and around the docks at this annual event.

2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Hard Play II accepts their prizes during the awards presentation.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
David Sheridan was the tournament's top angler.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Reelin' and Dealin' finished in second place.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
In third was De Reel Viking.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Silvie Rolles was the top lady angler on Destiny.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Chris Cole on Pipe Dream was the top Grenadian angler.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Isaiah Aleong-Baksh was the top junior, fishing aboard Pair-a-Dice.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Anthony Laurence had the event's largest yellowfin on Cocobel.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
The winning anglers celebrate during the awards.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Boats head out for the second day of fishing.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Another look at the harbor in Grenada.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
With deep water just offshore, the runs were relatively short.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
An aerial image of the shotgun start.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
The docks were abuzz throughout the week.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Angler John Murray scales a big yellowfin.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Pair-a-Dice comes to the scales.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
A shot of the yacht club docks at night.Courtesy SIBT
2017 Spice Island Billfish Tournament
Another night-time drone image of the docks.Courtesy SIBT