FRIDAY, JUNE 15: A revitalized International Light Tackle Tournament starts on Monday with new sponsors, a new location and more teams.
This is one of Bermuda’s oldest and most well established fishing tournaments, with anglers representing Bermuda, the United States, the Bahamas, and Trinidad.
The Bermuda Anglers Club, the island’s oldest fishing club, hosts the event, which is fished over four days.
The tournament headquarters has moved to the more central location of Barr’s Park making it easier to see the daily weigh-ins and this year five international teams will pit their skills against three teams from Bermuda.
Anglers can expect to catch a variety of local fish — wahoo, blackfin and yellowfin tuna, barracuda and almaco jacks are among the most common contributors to points allocated at the end of each day’s fishing. Blackfin tuna under 18lbs and yellowfin tuna under 24lbs are released but points still awarded.
The occasional white or blue marlin has also been caught in this event.
Many will hope to land world record catches such as almaco jack.
The winning team qualifies for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Offshore Championship Tournament to be held next year.
Anglers yielding the best catch can look forward to winning trophies for a number of categories.
The overall high point rod (the angler with the most points in the tournament) wins a watch donated by Crisson Jewellers to be presented at the prize giving on June 23.
Anglers can fish using either 12lb or 15lb test with more points awarded for fish caught on the lighter line class. It is most certainly an even playing field and all teams compete on the same basis.
Traditionally the ILTT has been designed to showcase the fine light tackle fishing available here in Bermuda. This year the Bermuda Anglers Club has decided to go further and to use any surplus made on the ILTT to fund a Junior Tournament in August 2012 to help Bermuda’s youth reconnect with the sport of fishing in a family friendly atmosphere.
Spectators are invited along each day to watch the daily weigh-in at Barr’s Park starting around 4:30pm on Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Thursday 21 and Friday 22.
There will be a cash bar at the Park provided by Goslings Ltd.
The Championship team earns the right to go on and fish in the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Offshore Championship Tournament to be held in 2013 with the most likely venue being Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
A few years back local anglers Danny Fox and Bobby Rego were part of a 2002 ILTT Championship Team. They went on to compete in and to win the IGFA event in Cabo San Lucas in 2003.
In recent history the most unusual fish was a Pompano Dolphin Fish (new world record) caught by Glenda Kelly in 2005 during our 40th tournament.
Note, a Dolphin Fish should not be confused with the common dolphin, which is a mammal and is strictly protected.