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Culture / Entertainment / Featured / News / Videos / Virgin Islands / July 15, 2019

ST. THOMAS — St. Thomians on Sunday reveled in the 2019 celebrations of Bastille Day, and the annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. The event, sponsored by the Northside Sportsfishing Club, supports nonprofits including the Civil Air Patrol, Nana Baby, the St. Thomas Rescue Inc., and Joseph Sibilly Elementary School.

Below, some pictures and a video.

Miss Carenage Tyra Hunt pays a visit to the Bastille Day events. Carenage — today known as Frenchtown — and the Northside were the original French-speaking communities of St. Thomas. (Credit: Robert Moore)
Bastille Day celebrations in St. Thomas’ Hull Bay (Credit: Robert Moore)
First responders of the St. Thomas Rescue Inc. on hand for Bastille Day events on Sunday. (Credit: Robert Moore)
Hull Bay beach during Bastille Day celebrations. (Credit: Robert Moore)


  • 55 Boats
  • 168 Anglers (includes 30 Jr. Anglers)
  • 87 Fish Caught, 843.05-pounds
  • 35 Kingfish Caught, 398.45-pounds

PLACEMENT                       ANGLER                               LBS                BOAT

Largest Kingfish                   Matthew Bryan                     43.45              Feel Good I

2nd Largest Kingfish            Kevin Blaney                        31.10              Stako

3rd Largest Kingfish             Ruth Gomez                          23.70              About Time

4th Largest Kingfish             Christopher Bachan            22.60              Chum Bucket

Best Boat                               Mark Stiehler                        9 fish              Double Header

Best Captain                         Julian ‘Larry’ Aubain           6 kingfish       About Time

Best Female                         Ruth Gomez                          65.80              About Time

Best Male                              Enzo Newhard                     64.20              Hush Puppy

Best Junior Male                  Kyle Odlum                           35.75              Let-Her-Go

Best Junior Female             Alyssa Pearsall                     13.15              Salt & Pepper

Largest Barracuda               Tamika Turbe                       26.25              Emmanuel

Largest Bonito                      Ben Micholowski                    4.90              Side Thing

Largest Mackerel                 Ruth Gomez                            6.15              About Time

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