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Abaco Anglers celebrates 43 years

Family Island News
For The Nassau Guardian

Published: May 15, 2013

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ABACO - The Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament, which closed its forty-third edition on April 27, drew a number of boats, both local and tourist, for a fun week of fishing.  Taking the top spots this year were Ashley Knowles, with a 21-pound wahoo on a 30-pound test line, and Sid Roberts with a 53-pound Dolphin on a 20-pound line.  The award ceremony this year was held at Hope Town Inn and Marina and was competently catered by manager Aaron Knowles and his staff.

The event, which started on April 18, had weigh stations throughout Abaco including Lighthouse Marina in Hope Town and Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour.  A particular draw of this tournament is the inclusion of a junior division, where miniature anglers can throw their lines and be recognized along with experienced sportfishers.

New competitors who were recognized at this year’s banquet at Hope Town Inn were Bob Morecraft, Loraine Morecraft, Charlie Horne, Ed Davis and Leonardo Whan.

Competitors used everything from hand lines to 80-pound test lines.  Dolphin, barracuda and wahoo were what appeared to be the most common catches.

During the awards banquet, anglers and visitors were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets.  Many prizes were given out including wine, bottle cozies, tackle gear and a $50 and $100 gift certificate to Hope Town Inn and Marina.

Sid Roberts, who also caught the largest fish in the competition, moderated the event.  Nearly everyone received a prize: Hand-carved trophies by Little Harbour’s Pete Johnston. Sid awarded himself the top catch floating trophy and awarded Ashley Knowles the top lady’s trophy, which was a sculpture carved from a vibrant pink conch shell.

The Abaco Angler Tournament was run for many years by the late Ross Thompson.  It is continued, in his memory, by organizers.

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