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Gauntlet thrown at Blue Waters Anglers’ prizegiving with world record on cards

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Top angler: Ray Bean, Blue Waters Anglers Club president, left, and Jalen Harvey, Bacardi Bermuda brand manager, right, congratulate Leon Stines, BWAC's 2022 Season High Point Angler, on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the East Broadway club's annual prizegiving. Mr Stines accumulated 6,032.66 points over six tournaments
Kaya Robinson with his potential world record African Pompano

The Blue Waters Anglers Club has submitted records showing a Bermudian has caught the biggest African Pompano ever.

Speaking at the club’s annual prize giving, Ray Bean, the president, called Kaya Robinson’s landing of a 47.1lb pompano on 20-pound test line “a feat”, and said: “To our knowledge, that’s a world record. And for it to be a BWAC rookie makes it even more impressive!”

Blue Waters Anglers members, young and old, turned out at the hall at East Broadway, on Saturday, as the club celebrated a successful fishing tournament season.

Mr Bean also honoured veteran member Leon Stines for his club record of 6,032.66 accumulated points during the year.

Typical of the night, Mr Bean engaged in light-hearted teasing, telling club members and guests: “This – in Leon’s case – is a classic case of if you stay to the wicket, the runs will come. Leon, that thing rolling around at your feet is a gauntlet. There is always next year!”

The club participated in six daylong tournaments in 2022, including its Blue Waters Anglers Club Open sponsored by Bacardi (formerly The Bacardi Open), the Bermuda Fish Club Annual Trophy, and The Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament.

Following Mr Stines as Season High Point Angler was Mr Bean with 3,342.75 points, followed by Rodney Caines at 3,271,55. The club’s top female angler was Sue Bean at 3, 095.52 points and Mr Robinson took home high point rookie with 953.93 points.

Top hired boat prize was Alan Marshall’s “Bay Roots” with 2,420.93 points beating Bobby Lambe’s Last Chance at 2,272,76 points. Taking the top BWAC boat award by default was Sambuca, owned by Roddy Nesbitt Jr. Sambuca accumulated 882.15 points.

Top angler: Leon Stines, Blue Waters Anglers Club's 2022 Season High Point Angler, is shown with all of his trophies for the year on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the East Broadway club's annual prizegiving. Mr Stines accumulated 6,032.66 points over six tournaments in addition to the heaviest wahoo at 60.80lb on April 3, 2022 (Photograph submitted)

In the top fish species category, Kirk Dill won the bonita category with a 10.90lb fish, Tyril Simmons landed a 70.6lb tuna, Mr Stines hauled in a 60.8lb wahoo.

President Bean landed the heaviest fish, an 87.40lb amberfish, off Bay Roots on June 5, while Mr Stines won the high points at a tournament with his wahoo on 12lb test on Last Chance for 2,567.08 points.

In the high point day-winner category, Tournament 1’s high-point winner was Leon Stines on Last Chance, with 3,058.08 points, Rodney Caines won Tournament 2 with BFCAT’s Sea Wolf on 2,030.25.

Mr Stines won tournament 3 (the BWAC’s Open sponsored by Bacardi) with 1,388 points aboard Last Chance, while Delton Outerbridge scored 1,120.12 points aboard Sambuca on July 3.

Kirk Dill won tournaments 5 and 6 with 1,638.21 points and 820.7 points respectively.

Job well done: Jalen Harvey, Bacardi Bermuda brand manager, centre, congratulates Blue Waters Anglers Club members on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the East Broadway club's annual prizegiving. Shown from left are, Daren Mayeaux, Ed Simmons, Mr Harvey, Bobby Lambe, Leon Stines and Rodney Caines (Photograph submitted)

In the line class division, Rodney Caines (793.30 points) beat Daren Mayeaux (185.82) and Bradley Butterfield (85.59) on 30lb test lines, while Delton Outerbridge (1,091.54) took top honours for the 20lb test category, beating Terry Williams, who had 950.71 points, and Kaya Robinson’s 731.23.

Ray Bean’s 2,168.75 points in 16lb test lines beat Bradley Butterfield’s 752.61 points and Troy Baisden’s 461.21 points.

In the 12lb test division, Leon Stines’ 4,394.56 points led Sue Bean’s 2,553.22 points and Rodney Caines’ 1,980.25 points.

Kirk Bill accumulated 2,625.21 points in the 8lb test category over the 78.77 points from Sue Bean.

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Published November 24, 2022 at 7:36 am (Updated November 24, 2022 at 7:36 am)

Gauntlet thrown at Blue Waters Anglers’ prizegiving with world record on cards

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