XXII International Roatan Fishing Tournament, End of Competition Recap

The "XXII International Fishing Tournament in Roatán" has just come to an end, and as always it was an exciting event for every Roatan fishing fan.

The West End community was the host of the Tournament, which lasted 4 days, starting on September 16th and ending last Sunday, September 19.

Participants from Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, and Honduras entered in five categories and added 59 boats in this popular contest of skill with the hook and the rod.

The organizer of the event, Oneal Nixon highlighted the increase in participation compared to last year: ‘‘ We managed to beat last year's record, due to the pandemic, only 25 boats had participated, while today we already have 60 ’’.

The tournament organizers contributed part of the tournament proceeds to five different NGOs that received 50,000 lempiras each, such as RBC Insular, Patronato de West End, I Was I Am, Cattleya, and Hospital Roatán.

As an additional community contribution, it's worthy to note that the previous year all the fish were donated to low-income families who suffered the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.

Roatan Fishing Tournament's winners

In the Billfish category, which is the main and led the largest number of boats participating, the grand prize was won by the Barana boat which added 2,000 points, followed by Triple XXX with 1,500 points and 1,200 points collected by the crew of Boatweiser.

In this category, there were 22 boats crewed by families and friends that fought for a trophy and an economic recognition of 336,000 lempiras.

In the final standings of the Rodeo category, the winning boat was the Linda María with 53 points, followed by the Bandit and Midnight Tide boats.

In the Junior category for young fishermen, the boat Deez Nots participated and obtained 22 points. While in the children's category, the winner was Dad's Toy with 146 points, followed by Last Lady and KNot Tide.

Due to the pandemic, this year the usual live music and dance shows were not held, to maintain biosecurity only the award ceremony and closing of the tournament were held.