Now in its ninth year the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship is considered the most challenging marlin series in the Atlantic featuring several of the top game boats, crews and owners in the sport. A total of 42 teams fished at least one of the legs with 27 teams fishing the whole series. Each tournament featured three days of fishing, fantastic parties and great gifts with over $900,000 in cash plus thousands in quality trophies and prizes awarded during the three event series. A total of 167 marlin were video/ photo verified or weighed including 138 blue marlin and 29 white marlin.
The Triple Crown proved once again to be a marathon and not a sprint with a win in the Classic being key for team Callie Girl the 2013 Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Champions. The Billfish Blast started the series off right with 36 teams catching 68 marlin including 50 blues and 18 whites. Weighed fish on July 4th featured a 547 on Sea Toy, 641on Overproof and 668 on Blank Check, winner of the Blast and World Cup Jackpots. Team Sea Toy released 5 blues and weighed the 547 to win the Blast going away and take the lead in the Triple Crown with 3047-points. Team Callie Girl scored 700-points from a blue caught by Richard Brown and a white caught by David Frost and sat in 22nd Place. Other teams that finished high in the BTC rankings at the end but had slow starts included No Vacancy with 200-points in 30th, Uno Mas with 500-points in 24th, Fa-La-Me with 500-points in 23rd and Off Piste with 1,000-points in 15th.
The second leg and largest of the series with 40 teams was the Big Game Classic featuring several parties and the largest purse. The fishing was fantastic on the first two days with a front slowing down the bite considerably on the final day. A total of 57 marlin were caught including 47 blues and 10 whites with a massive 856 weighed by Triple Play. Team Callie Girl made a huge move up the standings releasing four blue marlin earning 2000-points to win the Classic in the closest margin of victory in tournament history. Callie Girl sat in 2nd place with 2700-points heading into the final leg behind Sea Toy with 3547. Team Fa-La-Me also made a charge earning 2000, points in the Classic placing second in the tournament and now sat in third place in the series with 2500-points. Team Off Piste scored 1500-points in the Classic and moved into fourth place in the series with 2500-points. Uno Mas also scored 2,000 points in the Classic placing third in the tournament and sat in fifth place in the series with 2500-points. Team No Vacancy scored 1700-points to be within striking distance with 1900-points in the series.
The third and final leg Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament had 27-teams competing. A total of 41 blue marlin and one white were caught including team Challenger weighed 594 and El Cazador weighed 622. Team Callie Girl stayed consistent catching two blues on the first day earning another 1000 points in the series and the Day One Release Jackpot. As the final two days of fishing wound down several teams were in contention for the Triple Crown in what came down to the closest finish in the history of the Championship Series. Team Callie Girl could not advance their score but ultimately prevailed with 3700 points from 7 blues and one white release for the team consisting of owner Casey Robinson, Captain Tom Ross, Mates Jonathan Oglesby, Charles Perry and anglers Randy Hairfield, Robert Wooten, Nigel Buttery, Wick Townsend, David Frost and Richard Brown. Total winnings during the series was $156,000 plus the Triple Crown prize package including the Vanmark Championship Rings, Geoffrey Smith Sculptures, King Sailfish Mounts Trophies, Fin-Nor Reels, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, AFTCO championship apparel, fighting harness, gaff & gloves, Release Marine custom Step Box, Bonze monogrammed lures, Steve Goione BTC Giclees, Baracrdi Champions Basket and a Garmin GSD 26 sounder with Airmar Transducer.
Team Uno Mas rallied in the Sea Horse scoring 1200-points to finish second in the series on time with 3700-points. Sea Toy couldn’t find the one fish they needed in the Sea Horse and ended up in third with 3547-points. Team Off Piste added 1000-points in the Sea Horse to finish 4th just one fish shy of becoming the first Bermuda based boat to with the series. Team Fa-La-Me also scored 1000-points in the Sea Horse to get to 3500-points placing fifth in the series and just one fish shy of becoming the first team to win the series twice and defend their 2012 title. No Vacancy almost got there as well earning 1500-points in the Sea Horse to finish sixth with 3400-points just one fish away from glory. The final Bermuda Triple Crown Standings are:
The Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship includes nine days of fishing during three major Bermuda-based billfish tournaments, including the Bermuda Billfish Blast, Bermuda Big Game Classic and Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament.