The beautiful seas of Grenada are kept busy during the winter, playing host to a variety of competitive activities, including the Grenada Sailing Festival and the South Grenada Regatta. While many of the events center around racing, the competitive season kicks off in January with a competition of a different kind – the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament.
Held January 22nd – 26th, 2013, the competition follows the rules of the International Game Fishing Association, with fisherman taking to the sea for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Sailfish. Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin are also accepted, but only for boat pool and record weight prizes.
First held in 1964, the Tournament has run annually (save for the revolution years), making this the 44th annual Tournament. Sport fishermen come from Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, and around the world to compete.
The competition sticks to a conservationist mindset, and is run as a modified release event with points awarded for released billfish species rather than weight. Weight points are only assigned for fish exceeding the minimum weight for the species. In the end, the points are totaled up and the boat and angler with the most points takes home the top prize.
The water surrounding Grenada is home to a variety of fish, making it ideal for competitive fishing. Many local restaurants, such as the Laluna Restaurant, include dishes featuring locally caught seafood on their menu. The Grilled Catch of the Day at Laluna can’t be beat when it comes to flavorful, fresh-caught seafood.