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One Month until 30th Anniversary Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament - July 15 Fishing Report - June 15, 2018

Date of trip: June 15, 2018
Posted June 15, 2018 by FishTrack Member
  • This small boat tournament is big on fun! Credit: Dean Barnes 1 of 4
  • $2000 cash prize for the largest kingfish. Credit: Dean Barnes 2 of 4
  • Prizes for adults, men and women, and junior anglers. Credit: Dean Barnes 3 of 4
  • Beautiful Hull Bay Hideaway venue, on St. Thomas' northshore. Credit: Dean Barnes 4 of 4
Celebrate Bastille Day in the U.S. Virgin Islands! St. Thomas, home of the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament on July 15 at Hull Bay Hideaway, is one of the Top 10 destinations worldwide to commemorate this French National Day, according to online travel advisor, No wonder! There’s food, drink and fun on land and fantastic fishing on the sea, with a chance for anglers to win over $13,000 in prizes – including $2000 cash for the fisherman or fisherwoman who reels in the largest kingfish. What’s more, 2018 marks the tournament’s 30th anniversary.

“Everyone is invited,” says Catherine Bryan, one of the tournament co-directors. “This includes our regular participants to newcomers, residents to visitors, men and women, and junior anglers ages 8 to 17. Even if you don’t fish, we invite you to come down and enjoy the tournament’s festivities at Hull Bay Hideaway. There will be live bands, food, drink and activities for the kids.”

Mark your calendars now! Registration starts July 9 at Neptune Fishing Supplies in Red Hook, St. Thomas. On July 13th at 7:30 p.m., the Captain’s Meeting takes place at Hull Bay Hideaway where sports fishermen can also register. Late registration will be on July 14, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Hideaway.

Prize categories include: Largest Kingfish, 2nd Largest Kingfish, 3rd Largest Kingfish, 4th Largest Kingfish, Best Captain, Best Boat, Best Male Angler, Best Female Angler, Best Junior Male Angler, Best Junior Female Angler, Largest Barracuda, Largest Bonito and Largest Mackerel.

More than 200 anglers – men, women, boys and girls of all skill level – are expected to enter. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, entry fees are low – $45 for adults, $35 for juniors ages 8 to 17. All registered anglers will receive an official Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament T-shirt, hat and goodie bag.

Festivities on shore features a great line-up of bands. Cool Session Brass will play from Noon until 5 p.m. and Full Circle from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday July 15. The Awards Ceremony starts at 8 p.m. at Hull Bay Hideaway.

The Northside Sportfishing Club first organized the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament in 1987. The Club was named Best Sports Organization of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas for 2016 and 2017, in the Virgin Islands Daily News ‘Best of the VI’ reader’s poll. Proceeds from the Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament this year will benefit the Joseph Sibilly School, Nana Baby Children’s Home, St. Thomas Rescue and the St. Thomas Civil Air patrol, as well as provide college scholarships.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the tournament’s Facebook page ( The scholarship application deadline is June 29. For more information, Email or call (340) 998-0854.

The Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament is sponsored by Coors Light and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International; Offshore Marine, the YAMAHA distributor in the Virgin Islands; NEMWIL and Red Hook Agencies, Inc.; TOPA Insurance Services Inc.; Budget Marine, the Caribbean’s Leading Chandlery; Hawaiian Tropic; Scoops & Brew Gelato and Coffee Bar; Frank’s Electric; Amalie Car Rental; and Hull Bay Hideaway.

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