The St. Maarten Big Game Fishing Foundation was first founded by a group of fishing fanatics in the early 1990’s. This bunch was led by Robert “Robby” Cijntje, Egbert “Slim” Richardson and Richard “Ricky” Lawrence, and followed by a group of supporters (too many to mention) . This group organized deep sea fishing tournaments for 16+ years on St. Maarten, hosting their last event in November of 2006.
In April of 2008, these members decided to retire as organizers and handed the torch down to particular group of fishing fanatics with hopes that the upcoming group would continue what they have started and maintained for so many years.
In May of 2008, the St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation was born. The newly formed board of organizers led by Sergio Hodge and Dean Hodge Jr. quickly stepped up to the plate by organizing and hosting their very first annual fishing tournament in November of 2008.
This first St. Maarten’s day weekend Fishing Tournament totaled 23 participating boats, an even mixture of local and overseas boats. This was seen by many as a successful event, in which served as a stepping stone for future events to come.
The St. Maarten Sport Fishing Foundation is currently the only foundation organizing fishing events on the Dutch side of the Island.