On July 31, members of the Northside Sportfishing Club, organizers of the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. one of the world’s “9 July 14 celebrations celebrating French culture” has been canceled due to precautions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet, as was done during last year’s cancellation, club members felt it was important to continue the tournament’s long tradition of giving back to the community by donating to a long-standing recipient. date, Joseph Sibilly primary school; the award of a scholarship (this year to Ryan Querrard); and lead a beach clean-up and beautification effort in Hull Bay. The club hopes to host the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament in 2022.
“A special thank you to the Northside Sportfishing Club on behalf of the staff and students of Joseph Sibilly School. The donation is greatly appreciated and will be used for academic and beautification purposes, ”said Dr. Merlene Jones, Director.
“I want to thank the Northside Sport Fishing Club for all they have done, not just for me, but for all the young people of Northside in helping us gain our education and advance our knowledge,” said Querrard.
Querrard is a second year student studying computer science and cybersecurity at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Club members cleaned up trash along Hull Bay beach and planted sea grapes, almond trees and maho.
“The beach was in good condition today. We were delighted to see the size of the sea grapes we planted after the storms of 2017. Six more native trees and shrubs were planted today as part of the beach clean-up to mark the Kingfish Day Bastille tournament Day which would have taken place earlier this month. We hope to keep this long-standing community event alive, ”said Catherine Bryan, one of the organizers.
Since its inception in 1987, the club, through the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, has donated approximately $ 150,000 to community organizations and approximately $ 60,000 in college scholarships. The last tournament in 2019 attracted 168 anglers, including 30 juniors, aboard 55 boats. Additionally, in 2019 Matthew Bryan of St. Thomas caught the largest kingfish, a 43.45 pounds aboard the 36ft. I feel good.
In addition to National Geographic, online travel advisor, Hotwire.com, named St. Thomas, especially the annual Bastille Day Kingfish tournament, as one of the top 10 destinations in the world to celebrate Bastille Day in 2012.
The main sponsors of the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament are Coors Light and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International; Offshore Marine, the YAMAHA distributor in the Virgin Islands; NEMWIL; Red Hook Agencies Inc .; TOPA Insurance Services Inc .; Budget Marine, the leader in Caribbean fittings; Caribbean gifts and items; Scoops & Brew Gelato and Coffee Bar; Frank’s Electric; Amalie Car Rental; and Hull Bay Hideaway.
For more information, call 998-0854. Or check out Facebook @ Northside Sportfishing Club.