The Guana Cay leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship went off without a hitch last week, concluding with a raucous awards dinner at Sunsetters restaurant at Orchid Bay Marina where Jichi, owned by Luis Isaias and captained by Eugenio Lebron, took top honors. Wave Paver (owned by Jr. Davis and captained by Russell Sinclair) and Torta (owned by Joe Posillico and captained by Artie Meadows) took second and third place, respectively.
So far this year’s BBC has been marked by overall goodwill on the docks, and good times both on the boats and at the tournament festivities. Some notable parties and dinners in Guana Cay included an opening night captains meeting and dinner at the infamous Grabbers Bar & Grill, sponsored by Belize Beach Resort & Spa; a pig roast at local hotspot Nippers, sponsored by AIG; and a terrific closing-night awards dinner sponsored by CAT and Vetus-Maxwell (the latter of which had some sweet BBC trophies custom designed). The first Place trophy was an actual Vetus Windlass with a gold-plated billfish on it. First, second, and third place winners received not only trophies, but also Costa Sunglasses and a gift certificate from ROFF’s. Lewis Marine sponsored the crew trophies.
The swag was markedly improved over previous years as well. Visors, t-shirts, and custom tumblers flew off the event organizers’ tables like hot cakes, and nothing was left by the end of the tournament. And all reports say that all of it, in particular the tumblers, was put to very good use. The improved swag is due to two separate things working in conjunction—angler requests, and the willingness of new BBC owner Active Interest Media to go above and beyond when it comes to making tourney participants happy.
As for the fishing action, well let’s just say there weren’t a whole lot of complaints. There was a 597-pound blue marlin on the docks caught by Full Time, and also a grand slam recorded by Jichi. There were also lots of meat fish caught. The plentiful mahi on the docks and in the restaurants kept everybody happy and full, that’s for sure. Not bad for the first leg of a four-part tournament in some of the most beautiful, pristine, and fish-packed waters in the entire world.
Anglers and tourney organizers are looking forward to the next leg of the series, which takes place at Green Turtle Cay on May 6-9, and which promises to have tons of fish, lots of fierce competition, and a whole lot of fun!
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