Bahamas Billfish Championship

Cowpoke wins Treasure Cay Bahamas Billfish Championship

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
1st Place - Cowpoke.

1st Place – Cowpoke.

From Bahamas Billfish Championship Press Release

For the first three days of the Treasure Cay Championship, Cruiser Crews’ team Cowpoke waged a seesaw battle for first place with the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Champion Fa-La-Me. In fact, when the Committee Boat called ‘lines in’ on the final day, both Cowpoke and Fa-La-Me had 2,100 points with Crews’ team in first place based on time.

2nd Place - Fa La Me

2nd Place – Fa La Me

Day four started with Frank Rodriguez team Fa-La-Me picking up 600 points and jumping into the lead when Steve Butcher released a blue marlin at 9:30. Christy Crews on Cowpoke countered with a white marlin release at 10:07 and a blue marlin release at 1:59 in the afternoon. Cowpoke made it a 1,000 point day when Tony Huerta released another white marlin at 2:45.

During the four-day tournament, the 61 Viking, Cowpoke, caught and released three blue marlin, six white marlin and one sailfish for a total of 3,100 points. The win earned the Avon Park, Florida cattle rancher and his team a beautiful Randy Rich trophy and a $1,000 gift certificate from Aqualuma Lighting. The trophies were presented by the tournament sponsors Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Bertram Yacht. Capt. Mike Brady and the crew of Cowpoke received Randy Rich acrylic trophies sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group.

3rd Place - Blue Eagle

3rd Place – Blue Eagle

Team Fa-La-Me finished second with a very respectable 2,700 points. The Winter Park, Florida team caught and released two blues, seven whites and one sailfish. The 70 Viking edged out the third place finisher, Blue Eagle, by a mere 100 points. Brad Jones’ team Blue Eagle from Port Aransas, Texas caught and released three blues and four whites to finish with 2,600 points. In addition to custom designed Randy Rich trophies, the three winning teams also received gift certificates from Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and bottles of Bacardi Anejo from Bacardi and Bristol Wine & Spirits.

Top Tournament Angler honors went to Luis Bacardi who will receive a Carey Chen artwork entitled ‘Grand Slam’ presented by ISR Marine Insurance and Smith-Merritt Insurance. All anglers in the 2013 BBC series are competing for the newly created Jim Lambert Memorial Trophy. The trophy will be presented to the BBC’s top angler. The presentation by ISR and Smith-Merritt will take place at the 40th Anniversary celebration during the Marsh Harbour Championship.

Despite extremely windy conditions all week, fishing action proved to be excellent for the BBC’s third leg of 2013 hosted by the Treasure Cay Resort & Marina. Of the 51 billfish caught and released, 19 were blue marlin, 29 were white marlin and 3 were sailfish. BBC rules require that all releases be validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

Through the cooperative efforts of the Bahamas Billfish Championship, BBC presenting sponsor Silver Airways, tournament sponsors Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Bertram Yacht, and Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, the tournament participants and the people of Abaco were treated to a free acoustical concert by country recording artist Colton James. More than 200 people packed the Tipsy Seagull at Treasure Cay to enjoy the music of the ‘Reel Water Cowboy.’ Through his music, Colton James promotes the responsible enjoyment of our oceans. During the Treasure Cay Championship, ‘angler’ Colton James caught and released a blue marlin aboard the 63 Bertram Sharkbait.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Bahamas Billfish Championship is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions. The BBC endowed two scholarships that enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology or advanced education in the marine technologies.

For the very latest tournament information, results, overall standings or to register for the remaining tournament, visit www.bahamasbillfish.com. Or contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship at 866-920-5577 or e-mail: info@bahamasbillfish.com. Be sure to download the new BBC App for your Android or Apple device. Search ‘Bahamas Billfish Championship’ in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

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“Krazy Salt’s” Wins BBC Marsh Harbour Championship

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

KRAZY SALT'S takes First Place in BBC Marsh Harbour Championship

MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (June 10, 2012)–David Anderson’s team Krazy Salt’s wasted no time showing the twenty-seven teams fishing the Marsh Harbour Championship that they were out for victory. On the first day of the tournament, team Krazy Salt’s caught and released three blue marlin and a sailfish for an impressive 1,900 points. By contrast, day two was nonproductive for the Palm Beach, Florida based Viking 70. With the forecast for westerly winds, the team opted to use day three as their ‘lay day.’ The Bahamas Billfish Championship’s fishing format allows teams to fish three out of four days with a required ‘captain’s choice’ lay-day. The lay day decision was apparently the right call as Krazy Salt’s added another blue marlin and a white marlin on the final day to finish the third leg of the 2012 BBC series with 2,700 points.

Krazy Salt’s was not the only team busy catching blue marlin. Fishing only their second ever BBC tournament, team Island Time released a blue marlin on day one and two blues on day four to edge out the winner of the Harbour Island Championship, Fa-La-Me, on time. In fact, on day four, Fa-La-Me hooked-up with their forth blue marlin of the tournament just before the call for ‘lines out.’ Whether Fa-La-Me finished second or third depended upon catching this fish. Frank Rodriguez’s team continued to battle the big blue for three and a half hours before losing the fish at 6:39 p.m.

The Marsh Harbour Championship was sponsored by Bertram and Silver Airways and executives from each company were competitive anglers during the tournament. Alton Herndon, President of Bertram and Matt Holliday, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Silver Airways presented the handsome Randy Rich trophy for First Place to team Krazy Salt’s. The winner of each tournament also receives a $500 Gift Certificate from Treasure Coast Propellers and a box of custom BBC and TBF teasers from Reel Tease. ‘Top Captain’ and ‘Top Crew’ trophies, sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group, were awarded to Capt. Keith Greenberg and the crew of Krazy Salt’s.

ISLAND TIME took the Second Place seat in the BBC Marsh Harbour Championship.

The Second Place team, Island Time and Third Place team, Fa-La-Me each received Randy Rich designed trophies and the top three finishers at each leg of the BBC receive gift certificates from Maui Jim Sunglasses, Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and bottles of Bacardi Anejo compliments of Bacardi International and Bahamas based Bristol Wine & Spirits.

Third Place winner of the BBC Marsh Harbour Championship, FA-LA-ME, moves into the lead in the overall standings for the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

During the tournament, a total of 35 billfish were caught and released; 22 blue marlin, 9 white marlin and 4 sailfish. At all BBC tournaments, catches and releases are validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

The BBC’s annual Hors d’oeuvres Contest took place during the Marsh Harbour Championship hosted by the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina. The nine competing teams submitted recipes using products provided by TABASCO® and Jane’s Krazy Mixed-up Seasonings®. The top three entries, selected by a team of judges from Bertram and Silver Airways, each received a cash prize, a bottle of Bacardi Anejo and a serving platter from the McIlhenny Co., manufacturers of TABASCO products. Team Bob Along finished third with an eggplant based entry called, “Mother-In-law’s Tongue.” Second place went to Blackhawk’s “Stoned Tenderloin,” a blend of bite-sized pieces of beef tenderloin and stone crab with a tangy dipping sauce. Finishing in first place was Bluewater Cat’s “Seafood Ceviche.” Shrimp, lobster and conch were used to create this ceviche that was served in a hand-carved pineapple shaped like a blue marlin.

The Third Place finish at the Marsh Harbour Championship enabled Fa-La-Me to improve its lead in the overall standings for the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Championship to 6,700 points. Miss Annie remains in Second Place overall with 5,400 points. Moving into Third Place in the overall standings is team Wave Paver with 4,100 points. For overall standings of this year’s BBC teams and online scoring during tournaments, visit http://bahamasbillfish.com/bbc_results/2012_results/ or download the new BBC App (search ‘Bahamas Billfish Championship’ in the App Store).

Now celebrating its 39th season, the BBC is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champion. In an effort to give-back to the Bahamian people, the Bahamas Billfish Championship has two endowed scholarships that enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology or advanced education in marine technologies. For more information, visit www.bahamasbillfish.com or contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship at 866-920-5577 or e-mail: info@bahamasbillfish.com.

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“Fa-La-Me” wins Bahamas Billfish Harbour Island Championship

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

FA-LA-ME wins Harbour Island BBC Championship

HARBOUR ISLAND, ELEUETHERA, BAHAMAS (May 29, 2012)—As the eighteen teams gathered in Harbour Island for the second leg of the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Championship, the weather forecasters were calling for windy conditions for part of the tournament. No one realized, at the time, that the forecast weather system would adversely affect the tournament and go on to become Tropical Storm Beryl.

The BBC’s new format allows teams to fish three out of four days with a required ‘captain’s choice’ lay-day. And, since the worst of the weather was predicted for day two, the fleet was anxious to fish on Wednesday, day one. With five blue marlin and three white marlin releases before noon, it looked as if the Harbour Island Championship was off to a great start. As the day went on, the weather deteriorated and so did the fishing. Day one finished with five blues, five whites and one sailfish released.

One of the highlights of day one was the ‘Grand Slam’ performance of team Fa-La-Me. The blue, the white and the sail accounted for 900 points and the Grand Slam meant that Frank Rodriguez’s team would receive 700 bonus points at the conclusion of the tournament.

As expected, none of the teams ventured out on day two. Day three’s weather was not much different than day two; however, forecasters predicted improving conditions as the day progressed and several teams opted to wait to see if the forecast was correct.

Dawn on the final day brought gentle breezes and patches of sunshine between the rain squalls. And, shortly after the call for ‘lines in,’ the Committee Boat was reporting releases. For some of the fleet, fishing had improved. Three of the teams that did well on day one continued to add points on day four. By day’s end, three more blue marlin were released along with five more white marlin.

Junior Davis, whose team, Wave Paver, led the tournament with two blue marlin releases on day one, could only manage two white marlin releases on the final day to finish the tournament with 1,600 points. Fa-La-Me added a white marlin on day four and, this along with the Grand Slam Bonus, finished with 1,800 points. Team Miss Annie finished the tournament with two blue marlin releases and 1,200 points.

WAVE PAVER takes Second Place in BBC Harbour Island Championship.

The Harbour Island Championship sponsors, Bank of America’s US Trust and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Silver Airways acknowledged the winning teams during the awards ceremony at the Romora Bay Club & Resort. Sponsor representatives making the trophy presentation were Lisa Verbit of Bank of America and John Domenico of US Trust Wealth Management. The  Randy Rich trophy for First Place was presented to Winter Park, Florida based Fa-La-Me along with a $500 Gift Certificate from Treasure Coast Propellers. ‘Top Captain’ and ‘Top Crew’ trophies, sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group, were awarded to Capt. Rob Moore and the crew of Fa-La-Me.

MISS ANNIE takes Third Place in BBC Harbour Island Championship

The Second Place team, Wave Paver, from Kissimmee, Florida, and Third Place team, Miss Annie, from Allenwood, New Jersey each received Randy Rich designed trophies and the top three finishers each received gift certificates from Maui Jim Sunglasses, Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and bottles of Bacardi Anejo compliments of Bacardi International and Bahamas based Bristol Wine & Spirits.

During the tournament, the eighteen participating boats caught a total of 19 billfish. Blue marlin accounted for 8 of the total along with 10 white marlin and 1 sailfish. At all BBC tournaments, catches and releases are validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

The opening reception and dinner was held at the Coral Sands Resort. The closing cocktail reception was hosted by Caterpillar Marine Power and Treasure Coast Propellers. Both the opening dinner and awards banquet were hosted by the tournament sponsors Bank of America’s US Trust and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Silver Airways.

With the win at the Harbour Island Championship and a strong showing at the Guana Cay Championship, team Fa-La-Me moves into First Place in the overall standings for the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Championship with 4,300 points. Miss Annie, who finished in Third Place at Guana Cay and Harbour Island, takes over Second Place in the overall standings with 4,000 points. Miss Annie and team leader Barry Weshnak won the BBC title in 2010. Fish Tales, which won the Guana Cay Championship, slips to Third Place in the overall standings. For the overall standings of this year’s BBC teams, visit http://bahamasbillfish.com/bbc_results/2011_results or download the new BBC App. (Search ‘Bahamas Billfish Championship’ in the App Store.)

Now celebrating its 39th season, the BBC is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champion. In an effort to give-back to the Bahamian people, the Bahamas Billfish Championship has two endowed scholarships that enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology or advanced education in marine technologies.

For more information, visit  www.bahamasbillfish.com or contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship at 866-920-5577 or e-mail: info@bahamasbillfish.com.

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BBC Update: “Krazy Salts” Snags Great Guana Cay Championship

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Krazy Salt takes the 2011 Guana Cay Championship

The fourth leg of the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship—the Guana Cay Championship and the first billfish tournament ever held on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos—was snagged by David Anderson’s team Krazy Salts of Medford, New Jersey.  Keith Greenberg, captain of the Viking 70, directed the team in releasing two blue marlin on day one and concluding with three blue’s on the final day to win the championship with 3,000 points.

Thirty-six (36) boats participated in the three-day tournament and in spite of higher than usual June winds, seventy (70 billfish were caught and released: 49 blue marlin, 13 white marlin and 8 sailfish.

For the win, Krazy Salts received the Randy Rich designed First Place trophy from Alton Herndon,President of Bertram and Don Jones, Vice President of Bertram. As Top Release Team for the Guana CayChampionship, Krazy Salts was presented with an original Hy Jacobsen teak sculpture awarded by BBCsponsors Murray Products and the Al Behrendt Marine Group. The Lewis Marine Group sponsored Top Crew trophies were presented to Capt. Keith Greenberg and the crew of Krazy Salts.

Winner of the Central Abaco Championship, Bear Trap, finished in Second Place. John Stout’s Chattanooga, Tennessee based Spencer 66 captained by Greg Eklund caught four blues and one white marlin for a 2,600 point total. Michael Anderson of Baldwinsville, New York, chartered Capt. Geno Pratt’s Vista 49 Geno IV for the BBC’s Guana Cay leg.  The team managed to release four blue marlin over the three fishingdays to capture Third Place with 2,400 points. In addition to the Randy Rich acrylic trophies, the top three teams all received gift certificates from Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and Bacardi Anejo Rum from Bristol Wine and Spirits of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas Billfish Championship utilizes time and date stamped digital images to validate the species and release times of all billfish. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team releasing fish further confirms that the billfish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

Bertram and Allied Marine hosted the fourth leg of the BBC’s five-tournament series and representatives Alton Herndo, Don Jones, Rob McDougal and Seth Flippen served as judges for a Bacardi Anejo competition held at Guana Cay’s famous ‘Nipper’s’ on Thursday evening. Host resort Orchid Bay provided the fleet with outstanding graciousness that included greeting returning boats with fresh conch fritters on the docks each afternoon. The Bahamas Beverage and Brewery Company also kept the fleet supplied with iced Sands Beer and High Rock Beer at the conclusion of each fishing day.

Current first, second and third place standings for the 2011 BBC crown are:

First Place: Zues – 9,700 points
Second Place: Wave Paver – 8,300 points
Third Place: Chasin Tail – 7,400 points

Complete standings are available at http://www.bahamasbillfish.com/bbc_results/2011_results/.

The season’s fifth and final leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship takes place June 22nd through 25th at Treasure Cay Resort & Marina.

Now celebrating its 38th season, the BBC is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas BillfishChampions. The Bahamas Billfish Championship has two endowed scholarships that enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology or advanced education in marine technologies.

For the very latest information, registration forms and tournament photos visit www.bahamasbillfish.com or contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship at 866-920-5577.

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