By Jim Albertson
The 12th Annual Man-O-War Invitational Offshore Fishing Tournament was held April 24th through the 26. Although the criteria for winning, the location, many of the boats and fishing teams remain the same, each tournament is very different.
Last year’s weather was windy and the seas were rough. This year’s weather was absolutely perfect all three days: blue skies and calm seas. Last year’s winning fish was a wahoo, caught in the final minutes of the final day on the “Phyllis C”, Captain Jeffrey Albury. This year’s winning fish was a dolphin, caught the first day of the tournament aboard the “Bimini Twist”/Captain Gene Crockett.
The tournament base was Man-O-War Marina and the awards banquet was held at “Sea to Sea”, the home of Scott and Judy Gregory, Man-O-War Cay.
This year’s winners were:
Top Boat, Largest Dolphin — “Bimini Twist”, Captain Gene Crockett from Wachapreague, Virginia
Tournament Grand Slam — “Flying Tiger”, Captian Buzzy Allen from Jacksonville, Florida
Biggest Tuna — “Bluebird”, Captain Scott Gregory, Quincy, Florida