Beautiful as Charlotteville is, and hospitable as the people are, the real reason the event moved there, is the fish. And they are many and large. The waters off Charlotteville are cool, deep, and fed by nutrients from the nearby Orinoco River. Over the years we have scaled several Blue Marlin, a few over 600lbs, and in 2013, a 1005.9lb record breaker Blue Marlin was caught during the tournament. Besides bill fish, we regularly see significant catches of other species, such as a 252lb grouper.
In addition to the excellent fishing conditions, the event is designed to also cater to spectators. Unlike traditional tournaments where the best parts of the competition usually occur in areas that cannot accommodate large gatherings of spectators (e.g. a marina, hotel or fishing facility), the village setting changed this completely. All our land-based activities occur near the entrance of the jetty. For example, the weigh station and hospitality areas are all within easy access to competitors and spectators alike. Spectators get to see some of the largest prize catches they will ever see, and be present for the grand retellings on how those fish were landed.