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LADIES DO THE CATCHING IN COUPLES TOURNEY

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Feb. 25, 2002 – A shared love of fishing drew 15 couples aboard 10 boats to compete in the Virgin Islands Gamefishing Club's annual Couples Fishing Tournament on Sunday.
"The boys helped out — that's our secret," said Adrianne Baird, who with boyfriend Colin Butler won first place with her catch of a 19.2-pound dolphin.
Baird and Butler were fishing aboard the Mary B. with another couple, Krista Sieckman and Rob Barringer. Sieckman's catch of two dolphin weighing in at 9.2 and 7.4 pounds earned her and Barringer the second-place award.
Sieckman said they left the dock about 7 a.m. "and went south, then west. All three fish came right together, about 10 a.m. The guys know where to go to reel them in, but they let us do the fishing today, and it was great."
Marielle Brandon's catch of a 5.2-pound kingfish won third place for her and companion Joseph Ledee aboard the Sea Witch.
While the fish didn't seem to be biting, that didn't stop the fun. In keeping with the couples theme, the weigh-in and awards presentation took place, in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Division of the Planning and Natural Resources Department, at Honeymoon Beach on Water Island. Heidi's Honeymoon Bar and Grill, a new eatery at the venue, provided hamburgers and hot dogs, while the Lover's Lane boutique on the St. Thomas waterfront supplied the lover-ly prizes.
The Couples Tournament kicked off a Gamefishing Club series of small boat events which will continue with the Dolphin Tournament in April. For more information, call 775-9144.

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