I had the pleasure of covering last week’s Spice Island Billfish Tournament for the good folks at Budget Marine.

Emptier than usual scales at the 43rd annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament were signs of a good trend – conservation.  Strict weight requirements and a points-for-release system encourage anglers to release smaller fish, giving them a chance to spawn and grow larger over time.  Fifty sport fishing boats from all over the Caribbean registered this year for the three-day deep sea fishing tournament.  While many white marlin, blue marlin, and sailfish were caught (90 in total!) these conservation-minded fishermen were keen to release them back into the sea with hopes of landing them again next year, ideally with an extra hundred pounds.  This year’s weigh-in was dominated by hefty yellow-fin tuna and massive dolphin fish (mahi-mahi).  Despite the lack of record-breaking billfish the 256 anglers enjoyed good weather, great hospitality, and plenty of rum in the Isle of Spice.

The Grenada Yacht Club
St. George’s, Grenada