Aug. 28, 2001 – The V.I. Game Fishing Club's Offshore Four tournament is this weekend off St. Thomas, offering prizes for four species of fish — dolphin, kingfish, yellow-fin or black-fin tuna, and wahoo.
The Labor Day weekend competition is one of the club's small boat series of fishing events. Anglers will be trying for a Grand Slam, at least one fish of each target species, or a Slam, any three of the four. The combined catches for the two days of the tournament are what count.
First prize is cash plus a pair of U.S. Air tickets to anywhere in the continental United States, total value $3,500. Second prize is $500 cash.
The boat with the most target-species fish by weight will collect $300.
There will be awards to the boats with the largest and second-largest Grand Slams by weight. (If no Grand Slams are recorded, the awards will go to the boats with the largest and second-largest Slams by weight. And if there are no Slams, they'll go to the two boats with the largest two of the species by weight.)
Whoever catches the largest fish of each individual species will win a Shimano TLD 25 reel; whoever lands the second-largest will receive a Shimano TLD 70 rod.
Fish to be weighed in for prizes must be iced, in eatable condition, and are to be turned over to the V.I. Sport Fishing Club to be served at the awards dinner on Monday evening. Any fish not used for the dinner will be divided among the anglers who caught fish. Anglers must be present at the awards dinner to receive awards.
Tournament registration is from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the club headquarters in the Frigate East building in Red Hook, with the captains' meeting to follow there. On Saturday and Sunday, it's lines in the water at 6 a.m., with weigh-in at Offshore Marine no later than 4 p.m. both days.
The tournament is being run according to International Game Fishing Association rules, with live bait permitted but wire lines and electric reels not allowed. The IGFA rule book is available at the club. The entry fee is $180 per club member boat and $200 per non-member boat. For more information, call the club at 775-9144.


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