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Fishing tournaments boost Abaco’s economy

Family Island News
Courtesy of The Abaconian

Published: May 01, 2013

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ABACO – Visitors have flocked to Abaco in recent weeks to participate in fishing tournaments held on the island.

These tournaments included the 43rd Abaco Anglers Tournament, the Man-O-War Offshore Fishing Tournament, The Bahamas Billfish Championship Guana Cay Leg, and the Abaco Beach Resort’s Signature Series Fishing Tournament.

These tournaments were held in April and the next one scheduled is The Green Turtle Cay Fishing Tournament from May 7 to 10.  It will be followed later in the month by the Custom Shootout scheduled for May 15 to 18, and the Abaco Beach Resort’s Signature Series Leg II, May 22 to 25.

More tournaments are tentatively scheduled for June.

Many of these tournaments are long-running fixtures on Abaco’s calendar of events, such as The Bahamas Billfish Championship.  It is celebrating 40 years.

Local and visiting anglers take an active role in many of the tournaments.

During the events local fueling stations, restaurants, shops, grocery stores and other businesses receive a much-needed boost.

In the past, successive Bahamian governments have supported the tournament season by allowing concessions on duty for many items brought in for the tournaments.  Without such concessions many of the tournaments would not be possible.

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