The Marsh Harbour Championship, leg 3 of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship, was held last week at Abaco Beach Resort. Leg 2 winner, team ‘Uno Mas,’ put another BBC tournament in the win column.
The 69’ Bayliss ‘Uno Mas’ got on the board releasing two blue marlin and a white marlin on day two. They went on to release another blue on day three to secure the win. Second place went to last year’s BBC Champion the ‘Wave Paver,’ a 61’ Garlington, who made the scoreboard on the first day releasing a blue marlin. The ‘Sandrita,’ a 62’ Ocean wrapped up the leaderboard in third place releasing a sailfish on day one.
The $1 Million Dollar Marlin is still up for grabs! 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. Fishing is red hot in the Abacos right now and the next leg in Treasure Cay is where the current record was caught.
So far this year’s BBC has been marked by good times both on the boats and at the tournament festivities. The opening night captains meeting and dinner was sponsored by AIG. Thanks to ZF Marine the boats were happy upon returning to the dock and receiving a rum punch! Thursday night was a blast with the first BBC Corn Hole Tournament. Teams were made up of BBC sponsors and BBC anglers. A great time was had by all.
Saturday night’s awards ceremony was held in the Anglers Restaurant at Abaco Beach Resort and sponsored by Angler Journal TV. 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. 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, Denison Yacht Sales, Roff’s, Starbrite, Huk Performance Fishing, Required Team Gear, Black Bart Lures, and Silver Airways, the official airline of the BBC. All of these brands worked in coordination to make sure the tournament had great resources and great parties.
Anglers are looking forward to the next, and final, leg of the series, which takes place in Treasure Cay June 15 – 18 and promises to have tons of fish, lots of fierce competition, and a whole lot of fun!
Overall Championship leaders after the first 3 legs are: 3rd Place – ‘Bamboo’ with 5400 points. 2nd Place – ‘Sandrita’ with 5450 points. 1st Place – ‘Uno Mas’ with 7500 points. It all comes down to the fishing in Treasure to determine the 2016 BBC Champion.