Over sixty boats and close to three hundred anglers are expected to converge on Grenada for the 2020 Grenada Bill Fish Tournament due to roll of January 26th to the 30th, a period of five days.
The now rebranded Republic Bank Bill Fish Tournament, dubbed one of the most looked forward to marine sporting activity in the region, was officially launched last Thursday at the Grenada Yacht Club in St George’s.
Member of the Organising Committee Clinton Bailey, addressing members of the media and sponsors during the brief launch of the 2020 event said the event will start with registration of participants on Sunday 26th of January, followed by the parade of the boats on the morning of January 27. This is followed by a full day of fishing. The tournament continues on January 28 with another full day of fishing, followed by a rest or Lay Day on January 29 with the final day of fishing and awards dinner on January 30.
Chairman of the committee Richard Mc Intyre who also addressed last Friday’s launch took the opportunity to thank outgoing Title Sponsor Budget Marine for their contribution over the years and welcome new title sponsor Republic Bank for answering the call and ensuring that the tournament remains a viable activity on the sporting calendar of Grenada.
Looking back at fifty years of service to sport fishing in Grenada Mc Intyre said it was not an easy feat, however he noted that they were able to weather the storms and today they are reaping the harvest of having one of the most looked forward to sport fishing tournaments in the region.
One of the hallmarks of the Grenada Bill Fish Tournament Mc Intyre said, is the number of releases they have had during the tournaments, last year alone he said they had close to one hundred and sixty releases. This he noted is what makes Grenada’s tournament different from the others, one that speaks purely to conservation. Because of this he said, they are able to attract boat from far and wide and this year he said they are looking to host a total of sixty boats outside of the local participation.
Apart from the fun and comradery that comes with the sport Mc Intyre said, winners get to take away some attractive prizes among them a Yamaha engine sponsored by Mc Intrye Brothers. Other prizes include coolers, life jackets, among others. Also at stake is a special Grand Slam prize of a rubber dingy, for the first boat or angler to catch all three species of billfish on the same day of fishing.
Addressing the gathering as title sponsor, Managing Director of Republic Bank, Keith Johnson said his organization was delighted to be the main sponsor of this prestigious event; one he said that has become the top sport fishing event not just in Grenada but the Southern Caribbean.
Johnson noted that apart from the activities the event contributes significantly to the nation’s GDP and should not be taken lightly.
Prior to signing the sponsorship agreement with Chairman Mc Intyre, Johnson said it is the hope of the bank that Grenada can score big from this tournament and the bank he said is more than willing to provide the necessity financial support. Other sponsors partnering with the Bill Fish organisors are Pure Grenada, Spice Island Marine Services, Rubis, Westerhall Rum, Century 21, Camper & Nicholsons, Sissons Paint, Bryden and Minors, FLOW, Glenelg Spring Water, Maitland’s Motors among others.