The Oliver ‘Ollie’ Turnbull Fisherman’s Tournament was hit with an all-time low in participants as the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta went underway on Thursday, August 8.
Member of the Fisherman’s Tournament Committee Levette Walters told BVI News only two fishermen took part in the event.
“We didn’t get as much support as we liked. In the past, an average of nine to 10 fishermen usually takes part,” she said.
Despite the low turn-out, Walters said the two fishermen who participated did their best. They went out to sea early in the morning and returned before 4 pm for the weigh-in.
Robin Smith reeled in the most catches with a combined total weight of 209.5 pounds. Larry ‘Instructor’ Henley caught the biggest fish overall at 7.5 pounds. He also returned with a ‘special fish’ — the tuna.
“Fishing is in their blood, and they look forward to it every year. We have persons that were sad they were unable to participate for different reasons. But, as usual, it is a highly-anticipated event for the Cultural Fiesta,” Walters said,
She continued: “Some people do it for sport, some as their livelihood but it is something that all of our forefathers have been doing and it is part of our culture. And as part of the Cultural Fiesta, it is something that we try to emphasize and keep at the forefront of our celebrations and if we highlight it, it will continue to be around for a long time.”
Bulk of activities kick off today
In the meantime, the Carrot Bay village where the events will be held will officially open on Friday, August 9.
There will be cultural races, donkey races, and a tug-of-war competition.
The Xtreme Band, Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and OMG band will provide musical entertainment later this evening.
On Saturday, the activities continue with the Traditional Market Day event. Entertainment from Pure Mass Band, Adam O, Pumpa, Jah Cure and VIBE will bring the proverbial curtains down on the activities.
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