The Guana Cay leg of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship went off without a hitch last week, concluding with an exciting awards dinner at Sunsetters restaurant at Orchid Bay Marina where ‘Bamboo,’ owned by Bill Canida, took top honors. ‘Wave Paver’ (owned by Jr. Davis and captained by Russell Sinclair) and ‘Sandrita’ (owned by Kevin Fish and captained by Kyle Sherman) took second and third place, respectively.
The 40’ Cabo ‘Bamboo’ started off the tournament releasing a blue marlin on day one. They went on to release 2 white marlin on day two and capped off the win releasing 2 blue marlin and a sailfish on day 3. ‘Wave Paver,’ a 61’ Garlington, made the scoreboard all 3 days as well releasing a blue on day one, a white marlin on day two and a white and a blue on the 3rd day. The 62’ Ocean ‘Sandrita’ released 2 blues and a white to give them the 3rd place win.
In response to participant input the BBC made some changes this year to the point structure. Blue Marlin remain 600 points per release, white marlin are now 100 points and sailfish are 50 points. Also new this year is the $5000 Grand Slam Bonus. The prize will be awarded to the first boat in each leg to catch a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish in one day.
Back by popular demand is the $1 Million Dollar Marlin! The BBC will issue the award to the angler that catches a blue marlin that breaks the current Bahamas record of 1119 pounds. All of the prior granders have been caught during BBC tournaments. Many boats saw big fish last week. As we get further into the season the fish only get bigger! The excitement is palpable!
So far this year’s BBC has been marked by 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 AIG; a pig roast at local hotspot Nippers, sponsored by Vetus Maxwell; and a terrific closing-night awards dinner sponsored by Anglers Journal Television.
Vetus Maxwell had the trophies custom designed just for the BBC winners. The first, second and third place trophies were made with an actual Vetus Windlass with a gold-plated billfish on it. Winners received not only trophies, but also Costa Sunglasses and a gift certificate from ROFF’s, and Yeti Tumblers from sponsor AIG. The top captain and mate received beautiful trophies designed and made by Inside Design.
Tournament sponsors HUK Performance Fishing and Required Team Gear supplied the anglers with amazing sportswear with the BBC logo and artwork by the tournament artist Carey Chen. Along with the sportswear, visors, hats and buffs kept everyone looking their best!
A big thanks to the tournament’s major sponsors, which included: AIG, Costa, ZF Marine,
Vetus-Maxwell, Aqualuma, Roff’s, Starbrite, Huk Performance Fishing, Required Team Gear, Black Bart Lures, and Silver Airways. All of those brands worked in coordination to make sure the tournament had great resources and great parties.
Anglers are looking forward to the next leg of the series, which takes place in Marsh Harbour at the Abaco Beach Resort on May 18 – 21, and promises to have tons of fish, lots of fierce competition, and a whole lot of fun. Anglers Journal Television will be filming an episode during this event. AJ TV begins airing in July. The inaugural episode will be aired at a special premier during the Boat Harbour Championship.
For the very latest information, results, and overall standings, or to register for any of the remaining tournaments, visit their Web site at www.bahamasbillfish.com. Be sure to follow on Facebook (Bahamas Billfish Championship) or on Twitter @Bahamasbillfish. You can also download the BBC app for your Android or Apple device. Search “Bahamas Billfish Championship” in the Play Store or App Store. To contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship call 954-761-7073 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.