Team Over Budget stays in the black, winning the 39th annual Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament.
The Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, held July 18-22, was the final leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. A total of 30 teams competed for $235,725 in cash and $5,000 in prizes. Team Over Budget, anchored by owner Ricky Sousa Sr. and Capt. Ricky Sousa Jr., remained very consistent, as they did throughout the series, scoring a blue marlin release each day for a total of 1,500 points and first place in the Sea Horse. They also took the Most Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot for a total of $67,950 in prize money and an invitation to the Offshore World Championship for the Sousa family and teammates Nick Cabral, Hamish Burns Jr., David Eatherley and Kevin Fox.
Team Wound Up with Capt. James Robinson caught a 619-pound blue for angler Mark Munt that held up to sweep the largest marlin jackpots, worth $93,600.
Team Fa-La-Me continued their streak, catching two blues and a white for second-place team honors, $13,275 and enough points to with the Triple Crown.
Team El Cazador with Capt. Mike Kennedy caught two blues and a white to earn 1,200 points and third place overall. El Cazador also took the Day Two Release Jackpot and High Point Angler for Sail Ricks, with total winnings of $27,675 in the Sea Horse. The
Day One Release Jackpot, worth $14,400, went to Georgie Girl with Capt. Bryce Garvey and owner George Ballou. The Day Three Release Jackpot, also worth $14,400, went to
Queen of Hearts owner Walter Cross and Capt. Peter Olander. In the Game Fish Division Waste Knot won $2,212.50 for a 54.3-pound wahoo, and Singularis won $2,212.50 for a 25.5-pound dolphin. Lady angler honors went to Elaine Jones on Mama Who with the Junior Angler award going to Christian Saieed on Waste Knot.
BERMUDA TAKES WORLD CUP TITLE BACK!
Queen of Hearts wins World Cup with 768-pound blue marlin
Adrenaline was running high among the crews of Bermudian boats along the docks of Hamilton for the World Cup day on July 4th. When the “lines in” call was made at 8:30 AM, there were still no qualifying blue marlin checked in from around the world at such hot spots as Australia, Ghana, and the Azores. That was about to change.
Almost immediately the Bermudian boats began radioing in “hooked up” calls all morning long as the crews of the Waste Knot, Bree, El Cazador and Triple Play all released blues. At 12:36 PM Captain Allan Bean and the crew of the Paradise One electrified the fleet with a solid hook up. After an 83-minute fight they boated a contender – a blue estimated at 550 pounds that put them in the lead across the globe and scored the first boated blue for the Bermuda Billfish Blast tournament. That impressive marlin weighed in at 556-pounds but would enjoy a short lived glory.
Captain Peter Olander of the Queen of Hearts called in with a hook up at 1:38 PM that had everybody on the edge of their seat. Queen of Hearts has a history of catching the big ones - including a previous World Cup winner in 2007. After a 93- minute battle, angler Glen Astwood finally brought the gladiator to boat side, securing their 768-pound blue to take the daily jackpot in the Billfish Blast and lead in the World Cup. Word had it that the bite was going on in Hawaii, but as the clock struck midnight, there was no chatter on the radio, only the shouts of joy from the Bermudian docks. The local boys Queen of Hearts with owner Walter Cross, Captain Peter Olander, anglers Lovintz Cann, Glenn Astood and Kevin Walsh claimed their stake as World Cup champions for the second time in five years. Queen of Hearts boasts the highest winning record for the Bermuda tournament series, earning over a million dollars in the last ten years.
This is the seventh time for Bermuda to win the World Cup honors, and the tiny little island in the Atlantic once again proved its heavyweight status as a blue marlin mecca.
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.