Wahoo Windup set for Sunday

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Catch the largest wahoo weighing more than 75 pounds and win $10,000. This is the top prize in the annual Wahoo Windup, which takes place Sunday.

In 2003, St. Thomas' Mike Kuszewski, fishing aboard the Black Pearl, reeled in a whopping 94.1-pound wahoo, which is a tournament record that has never been beat.

"The reports are coming in, 'the wahoo are here' on both the North and South Drops," said tournament director Paul Meyer.

Cash prizes will be awarded to anglers catching the next three largest wahoo by weight. Ties will be broken by length.

The Best Boat prize will go to the team catching the most wahoo by count. Weight will be used as the tie-breaker.

Registration can be done beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday at the V.I. Game Fishing Club headquarters in Red Hook. The captain's meeting will also be held at this time. Entry fees are $200 for VIGFC members, $250 for non-members and includes four rods. Extra rods are $60 each.

Fishing begins 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The weigh-in begins at 2 p.m. at IGY American Yacht Harbor Marina. All boats must be back at the dock to weigh their fish by 4 p.m.

An awards dinner will take place at the VIGFC at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Fishermen must be present to receive their awards. For more information, call 775-9144 or email to usvigfc@gmail.com.

The tourney is hosted by the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club and sponsored by Budget Marine.

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