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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.

Fifty three boats fish in Custom Shootout

 

Above: Top Angler, Jim Jensen, with his team, “Plane Simple.” Plane Simple won the Shootout as the Top Boat.
Above: Top Angler, Jim Jensen, with his team, “Plane Simple.” Plane Simple won the Shootout as the Top Boat.

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.”

About Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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