Living the Dream Captain Austin Schneider and his crew dominated ten other vessels in the 2014 Wahoo Madness fishing tournament, hauling nearly twice the weight in wahoo as the runner-up team and winning the contest’s top three prizes.
The St. Croix-based team caught the two heaviest wahoos at 42 and 41 pounds, and the largest overall haul at 134 pounds, receiving more than $8,000 in prize money.
To top it off, crewmember John Prather was honoured for being the tournament’s best angler.
“For newcomers, they did well. We’ve never had one team win first, second, and third prize,” said tournament coordinator Angie Flax. “They have promised to return next year and bring along other boats.”
St. Thomas vessel Indigo received an honourable mention for its 76-pound haul of wahoos.
This territory was represented well by Bad Dog from Anegada, who had the youngest angler, with 11-year-old Lakeisha Barry catching a 20-pound wahoo. Bad Dog also had the best female angler, with Traeisha Emanuel catching a 20- and 14-pound wahoo, a 21-pound mahi mahi, and a 20-pound tuna.
See the April 24, 2014 edition for full coverage.