|Montserrat Hosts 14th Annual Fishing Tournament|
Montserrat Hosts 14th Annual Fishing Tournament
For Immediate Release
Montserrat, West Indies – August 28, 2008 – Anglers from around the world are invited to compete in the island's biggest fishing event of the year, the 14th Annual Open Fishing Tournament to be held on October 25, 2008 at Little Bay. Hosted by The Montserrat Fisherman's Cooperative and the Montserrat Tourist Board, the event provides an opportunity for avid game fishermen, regardless of skill, to win numerous prizes and bonuses.
Little Bay’s ideal sport-fishing conditions offer enthusiasts some of the finest fishing in the world. Due to the volcanic eruptions that devastated portions of Montserrat nearly 15 years ago, the destination’s pristine waters remained untouched for a period of time allowing a resurgence of underwater life. The island also features a variety of offshore game fish that include Marlin, Tuna and Kingfish.
"It is our hope that Montserrat gains recognition as a destination for competitive sport fishing,” said Director of Tourism Ernestine Cassell. "Anglers will find Montserrat's annual tournament to be a challenging yet thrilling and rewarding experience."
Prizes for the best catch will be given in four categories including Kingfish, Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi Mahi. The Champion Boat prize goes to the heaviest catch and special bonus prizes will be awarded to anyone that breaks existing records. Past record catches include a 71 lb. Wahoo (2003), a 302 lb. Marlin (1995), a 51 lb. Dolphin (1990), a 51 lb. King (1989) and 78 lb. Tuna (1989). To be eligible to participate in the tournament each contestant must have a completed entry form with a paid registration fee of $46 USD for each person on the boat. All boats will depart from Port Little Bay at 4 a.m. and must return by 3:30 p.m. for the weigh-in.
After the tournament, water sport enthusiasts looking for even more excitement can choose to kayak in the island’s pristine waters, snorkel through breathtaking reefs or dive and explore Montserrat’s underwater landscapes. Travelers looking to relax may bask under the sun on miles of glistening dark or white sand and enjoy a cool swim at one of Montserrat’s picturesque beaches.
Tropical Mansion Suites, conveniently located on the north end of the island close to Little Bay, is currently offering accommodations at a special nightly rate of $90 USD for single occupancy and $120 USD for double occupancy. Rates include all applicable taxes and are valid from October 20 – 27, 2008. For reservations and more information visit www.tropicalmansion.com or call 664-491-8767.For information regarding the 2008 Open Fishing Tournament or registration details, contact the Montserrat Tourist Board at 664-491-2230.
Montserrat, a lush green and mountainous island of approximately 39 square miles, lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, this pear shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers, and honeymooners. This British overseas territory boasts the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano, a modern day Pompeii in the form of its buried former capital city Plymouth. For more information on Montserrat and its breathtaking scenery and unspoiled, unpolluted coral and volcanic vistas, visit www.visitmontserrat.com.