The popularity of the Annual Custom Shootout continues to grow as this year’s event held at The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour saw over fifty boats signup and fish the tournament.
Skip Smith, Tournament Director, said “This year’s tournament was really awesome. We had an awesome lineup of 53 boats – all big custom boats that average about 65 feet.”
Emerging victorious as the Top Angler of the tournament was Jim Jensen and subsequently his team, Plane Simple, also won the Shootout as the Top Boat.
The Custom Shootout, now in its thirteenth year, is a charity tournament where most of the proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
This year’s tournament saw some of the top fishermen in the world – top anglers, captains and crews – compete aboard custom boats. “So the tournament was really locked and loaded and ready to catch a lot of fish,” Mr. Smith said.
Despite the weather not being the best with very windy conditions throughout the three day tournament the fishermen still managed to catch 35 billfish the first day, another 30 the second day and on the last day about 18. Mr. Smith said that over the tournament about 90 fish were caught, “which is really great especially in The Bahamas.”
The Custom Shootout features only custom built boats and “it’s very unique in that you have a lot of the builders attend the event,” said Mr. Smith.
Mr. Smith said that the economic impact that this tournament provides for Abaco is “probably in the millions of dollars.” He said it is “very fulfilling for me to be able to help my friends in The Bahamas by inviting all these people over here. They go to the restaurants and go out shopping around town, they go to Nippers and many other places.”