The 46th Annual Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament was held April 21-30 with the awards dinner and celebration at Hope Town Inn and Marina. This was the first year the Tournament was under the organization of Ashley Knowles.
Twenty trophies were awarded at the ceremony – beautiful Pete Johnston sculptures attached to driftwood. Before dinner, a delicious buffet prepared by the Hope Town Inn & Marina chefs, Knowles and her young helper sold raffle tickets to those in attendance.
Annelisa Regina and Helen Ponchilla earned trophies in the female angler category.
In the Men’s category Jeffery Ponchilla, Mark Klahm and Luke Jachow took home prizes. The largest fish, a 64 pound Wahoo, was snagged by Jeffery Ponchilla.
Jeffery Ponchilla took the Handline Trophy while Jake Vickers earned the Flyrod Category Prize.
The most fish weighed in belonged to Charlie Parker.
The Tournament, which is a fun, family affair, donates its profits to charity and seeks to encourage a love of fishing among the contestants.
Knowles looks forward to next year and aims to make it bigger and better.