Guy Harvey Magazine

SPR 2017

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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70 | the fishing commences merely a good golf drive shot away from the marina, where steep oceanic topography puts the 1,000-fathom curve within reach in minutes. Lines out at 8am and let the games begin! The international fleet consisted of several large Vikings, Bertrams, and Hatteras sportfishers with a smattering of smaller convertibles, express boats and center consoles that know these waters well. But it was the Trading Time, a 47' Viking Express that made the open ocean run from Grand Cayman and took home top honors along with a pile of SWAG. Tournament dates fell close to the full moon and the bite was a bit off. But over 30 marlin were hooked, 16 were caught, with all but one released, which scaled 372 lbs.—a very respectable blue marlin for these waters. With a long list of other prizes, it seems everyone took home something from this tournament, including awards for biggest tuna, wahoo, and non-billfish, sportsmanship, best female angler, best captain, best angler, best overseas boat, best dockside lighting, heaviest marlin and best Viking boat overall. To cap off the event, a huge raft-up party was thrown on Sunday following the last day of the tournament. Once again, there was a mind-blowing display of genuine Jamaican style hospitality. There was an open bar where sponsored party spirits were constantly flowing and the air was filled with reggae and rock tunes that had everyone's hips swinging and other body parts swaying. I left the MBYC full of terrific memories of one of the most fun international tournaments I've fished in years. The competition was formidable, but the attitudes of the anglers and the hometown hospitality of the Montego Bay hosts are a throwback to an earlier age. If you're in the area or in need of a fun family vacation, pen this tournament in your 2017 calendar. You might even find yourself following in the footsteps of the Harvey family and starting a great tradition of your own. Special thanks to Sandals resorts for hosting the author during his stay. They offer three properties in the Montego Bay area: Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Inn. Visit them at For more information on the Montego Bay Yacht Club Tournament, visit www. Attendees say what separates the MoBay Tournament from so many others is the unprecedented nightly gatherings and real camaraderie among the competing anglers.

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