tournament season

The Bermuda Triple Crown commences on the 4th of July - the day of the Blue Marlin World Cup, and the first day of the Billfish Blast. Capt Pete Olander on the Queen of Hearts won his second World Championship. The Queen of Hearts 768lb  fish represents the 7th time Bermuda has won the Cup (tied for the lead with Kona ),  and the second win Capt Pete and his crew - only the 2nd two time winner. Brooks and crew on the Mattanza won the Blast with a Blue and 5 White marlin releases. The visiting boat, FaLa Me won the Big Game Classic  and the Triple Crown and the Over Budget won the sea Horse Billfish Tournament. We had a couple of very close calls on the Wound Up.  On the 3rd and final day of the Blast, we released a White and a Blue marlin and pulled the hook on another Blue 10' from the leader. Touching the leader and a photo of that Blue would have won us the daily release pot and $31,800. During the Classic, our close calls continued - on the final day we caught a Blue that we all guessed was right on the 500lb min mark. The fish was so close and it was so early in the day, we decided to release the fish. No fish died in the Classic and all the kill money ( north of $ 150,000) was split between the top 3 boats. our luck changed during the Sea Horse. 3 fish died during the tourny and all 3 died on day one. the Queen of Hearts weighed a 527, the Never Enough weighed a 548 and our angler Mark Munt caught a 619. We won the daily - $16,200 and because no fish died on day 2 or day 3, those dailies and the biggest marlin jackpot went to us - $93,600. You can find tournament photos on  www.bermudatriplecrown.com       a couple of our Sea Horse pics are in our 'In the News' section [gallery]