Published: July 10, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - Reel in a monstrous kingfish and you will earn more than bragging rights.
The Northside Sportfishing Club's annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament will be held Sunday at Hull Bay Hideaway and a top prize of $2,000 is up for grabs.
Registration is open until Saturday. Fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. Sunday and ends at noon. Festivities include live bands and a beach party.
The tournament will be held in honor of Kimberley Brin, who died in a car crash.
More than 200 anglers - men, women, boys and girls of all skill levels - are expected to enter. Entry fees are $45 for adults and $35 for juniors aged 8 to 17.
Prize categories include Largest Kingfish, Second Largest Kingfish, Third Largest Kingfish, Best Captain, Best Boat, Best Male Angler, Best Female Angler, Best Junior Male Angler, Best Junior Female Angler and Largest Jack, Bonita, Mackerel and Barracuda.
Junior anglers are eligible for a drawing called the "Catch in the Hat" award. The names of all registered juniors will be placed in a hat. The first eight names drawn will receive $50 cash and the next one will win $100 - for a total award of $500.
Juniors must be present at Hull Bay Hideaway to win. The drawing will take place during the band break Sunday afternoon. There will also be face painting for the kids in the afternoon.
Entry forms are available at Neptune Fishing Supplies in Red Hook and a captain's meeting and registration will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hull Bay Hideaway. Late registration will also be held on Saturday at Hull Bay Hideaway from noon until 7 p.m. The weigh-in and party starts at noon Sunday.
First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament has become one of the highlights of French Heritage Week festivities that run from July 8-14. The event benefits Joseph Sibilly School, St. Thomas Rescue and Nana Baby Children's Home and provides college scholarships.