June 4, 2023
A victorious Mon Chari returns to port after the ultimate leg of the 2022 event sequence.
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For many years, the North Drop within the Virgin Islands was often known as maybe essentially the most constant spot on the planet for blue marlin fishing, particularly through the intervals simply previous to and simply after the total moons from July by way of October. These are large, aggressive fish that crash baits and teasers with abandon. Captains additionally get pleasure from this fishery since you’re actively searching alongside greater than 25 miles of construction.

This summer time, two back-to-back occasions will spotlight simply how good this fishery might be. Get able to fish the Scrub Island Invitational Billfish Sequence: Leg One is slated for August 27-31, and Leg Two will happen August 31-September 4. Every leg will function three days of head-to-head event competitors amid these blue marlin-rich waters through the distinctive “blue moon” interval, simply 25 miles from the Scrub Island Resort and Marina. It’s a sequence you received’t wish to miss.

A sport-fishing team celebrates with a champagne shower.
Mon Chari’s Capt. Matt Coppoletta will get a champagne bathe from boat proprietor Damon Chouest through the 2022 sequence.
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Within the breaking-news class, there’s now gas out there at Scrub Island for visiting sport-fishers. Not do they should head to Tortola or elsewhere within the BVI to refuel. One other spotlight of the resort is the excellent facilities it provides nonfishing visitors and households. They’ll chill out and be pampered within the resort’s spa; go snorkeling, diving or exploring across the utterly secure non-public island; or hop a water taxi to Tortola to go to the world-famous Baths. Air journey to Scrub Island can be simple, with flights touchdown in close by Tortola, with the ­aforementioned water taxi shuttling guests forwards and backwards day and night time. If there have been a event vacation spot to deliver the spouse and children, that is definitely one which’s worthy of consideration.

A fleet of sport-fishing boats returning at the end of a tournament.
The boats return to Scrub Island on the conclusion of the second event.
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Final yr’s sequence winner and proprietor of the 68-foot American Customized Yacht Mon Chari, Damon Chouest, says: “We love fishing the North Drop—and have for a very long time—for lots of causes, however principally it’s the constant chew. You can begin per week on the entrance aspect of the [full] moon in August or September and fish by way of to a couple days after, and be fairly assured of excellent fishing.” The savagery of the chew is one other field to examine: “We fish with all bait quite than lures, and the teaser bites are normally fairly wonderful to see. Typically after the moon, the fish can get a bit lazy, however normally they’re aggressive, and it’s a variety of enjoyable.” Mon Chari received the 2022 sequence with 17 blue marlin, one white marlin, three sailfish and one spearfish in six days of fishing. Once they returned to fish in early November, normally thought of the tail-end of the season on the Drop, they’d unimaginable fishing, going 9-for-9 on blues, 2-for-2 on whites and 3-for-3 on sailfish. That’s a scorching chew in anybody’s guide.

A Scrub Island Invitational attendant handing out cocktails on the boat docks.
Unbeatable hospitality is simply a part of this system.
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Once more, the event employees can have a authorities liaison in place to help visiting groups with all licensing and permits this yr, and multiple-month permits are additionally out there. Scrub Island is a superb host vacation spot, with 55 deepwater slips, provisioning, a number of choices for eating and ingesting simply steps from the docks, luxurious lodging, and extra. The employees can be top-notch.

An angler reels in a large blue marlin on the leader.
A feisty blue marlin takes off.
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For extra info on the Scrub Island Invitational and to request an invite to fish, head to scrubislandinvitational.com.