4th Annual Blue Marlin Cove Wahoo Tournament
WEST END, Grand Bahama Island - Known as the fishing capital of Grand Bahama Island, the West End community has become one of the most sought-after locations to host world-class fishing tournaments.
This year, approximately 50 visiting anglers congregated in the settlement at the Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina to participate in the 4th Annual Blue Marlin Cove Wahoo Tournament.
(PC: Blue Marlin Cove)
Designed to foster a competitive angling atmosphere, visiting fishermen had the opportunity to vie for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights for the heaviest catch.
Over the course of three days, the Floridian team, Corkscrew, proved to be victorious overall.
Allen Shrown, Captain, Corkscrew, said, "This is the first time we've ever fished together and we had a good time out there.
The seas were really bad but we love it here in The Bahamas." The teams Rising Tide, Sabre, and Charlie placed second, third, and fourth, respectively. The Jr. Angler trophy was won by Shurhold.
Kristina Forden, Director, Blue Marlin Cove Wahoo Tournament, said, "We would like to thank the resort and the staff for all the hosting that they've done for us. With this event we're all here to help because this is actually our ocean backyard, and we enjoy coming to The Bahamas. Everybody where I'm from definitely supports here and that’s why we have the Wahoo Tournament, because we want to support The Bahamas."
All proceeds collected from the tournament were donated to the West End Primary School and matched by the Reiger family, hosts of the annual event. As a goal of the Niche Markets Department is to drive more sports fishing business to local resorts through the staging of sports fishing tournaments, Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Manager, Niche Markets, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA), welcomed all participants and said that he "Hope[s] [this] won't be [their] last time at the Blue Marlin Cove Marina.”
Over the tournament participants’ stay on Grand Bahama Island, local vendors were able to take advantage of the business that came from anglers who chose to venture throughout the settlement.