On the hook: Any child under the age of 16 can take part in the first-ever Junior Fishing Tournament. *Photo supplied
On the hook: Any child under the age of 16 can take part in the first-ever Junior Fishing Tournament. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: This August marks the inaugural Junior Fishing Tournament run by the Bermuda Anglers Club.

This event is open to all boys and girls under the age of 16.

No boat?  No problem!  There is a category for children fishing from the shore.

And there are age categories for kids of all ages, so there is no reason why even the youngest of Bermuda’s kids can’t be out fishing!

The tournament will be held on Sunday, August 19 on a rain or shine basis and kids will be able to start fishing at 8:30am.

The junior tournament has been made possible by the success of this year’s International Light Tackle Tournament. 

Bermuda Anglers Club President Mark Henneberger said: “we wanted to introduce a dedicated junior tournament open to all children across the island. 

“We earmarked any surplus from the ILTT for that purpose. 

“We were very fortunate to have a great group of sponsors for the ILTT as well receiving additional support from people who want to get kids involved in fishing on the island. 

“Fishing is a great way for families to spend time together and we encourage all parents, guardians, family friends and children to get behind this important event.”

Entry forms for the junior tournament are available from Flybridge Tackle in Hamilton and Daisy & Mac in Hamilton and Dockyards and Bermuda Linens and Gifts in St George’s until August 11  or on-line at www.bermudaanglersclub.com. Entry forms have to be returned by 3pm on Saturday, August 11. 

Each child that comes to the weigh station will receive a free t-shirt. The weigh-in will be held west of the Flagpole on Front Street between 3pm and 5pm on the afternoon of August 19. 

There will be 25 prizes to win. The overall winner from the shoreline, along with a guardian, will enjoy a half day fishing trip on the Jolly Roger Charter Boat. The Prize giving will be held at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club on Saturday, August 25 at 10am.

Children can enter any fish they land other than a billfish (marlin, spearfish or sailfish), a shark and a parrot fish. Part of the goal of the tournament is help children understand and respect Bermuda’s Fisheries Regulations. When each child picks up an entry form they will also receive a ruler which shows how big certain fish must be before they can be presented at the weigh station.

To find out more visit www.bermudaanglersclub.com or go to the Bermuda Anglers Club Facebook page to keep up with all the tournament news.