Two hours after lines in, David Stuedell felt a tug on his line unlike any other he’s experienced in more than two decades of fishing in this year’s 30th anniversary Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, 15 July 2018. On the other end of his line was the 45.55-pound whopper that ultimately earned Stuedell the Largest Kingfish prize. Stuedell, a part-time St. Thomas resident, was fishing aboard the 39’ SeaVee Silver Fox with Captain Chris Berry at the helm. He was one of 167 anglers, including 30 junior anglers, on 54 boats who fished in this Northside Sportfishing Club-hosted tournament.
First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament has become one of the highlights of French Heritage celebrations on St.Thomas. Budget Marine was proud to be one of the sponsors of this
sporting event that was named one of the Top Ten Best Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in the World by online travel advisor, Hotwire.com.