HAMILTON, Bermuda (July 25, 2017) — The 44th Annual Sea Horse Anglers Club Bermuda Billfish Tournament came to an exciting conclusion when Capt. Rob Moore’s Fa La Me roared to a second victory in this event, amassing an amazing total of 3,600 points over the course of the three days fishing. The haul consisted of three white marlin and six blue marlin releases which won Team Fa La Me the Day One and Day Three Jackpot Releases, Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot and Overall First Place in the tournament, bringing in an impressive $91,800!
The 92-foot Viking team consisted of Frank Rodriguez, Tyler Beckford, Taylor Beckford, Mary Ellen Rodriguez, West Rivers, Geoff Holgesom, Bob Piper and Gethen Adderely. They combined their efforts to catch and release three billfish each day of the three-day event.
Marc Verzaleno earned both the High Point Junior Angler and Overall High Point Angler honors with 1,760 points from two blue marlin releases, one white marlin release and a 570-pound boated blue marlin. Fishing aboard Capt. Jason Parker’s Reel Steel, the 570-pound blue marlin won the Largest Overall Blue Marlin Jackpot, all three Daily Largest Blue Marlin Jackpots and Second Place Overall in the tournament to collect $121,800.
Capt. Tom Lynsky’s Uno Mas took home second place in the Overall Billfish Release Points Jackpot and Overall Third Place Team in the tournament with three blue marlin, netting the team a check for $25,800.
Bobbi Colket won High Point Lady Angler with one blue marlin release on Miss Magnolia.
Team Just A Dog with Capt. Michael Farrens won third place in the Most Overall Release Points Jackpot with 1,200 points from two blues and one white marlin release, earning them $10,800.
The Day Two Release Jackpot for $18,000 went to Bree and Capt. Kyle Liane with two blue marlin.
Other notable catches were a 163-pound yellowfin tuna caught by Team Game Changer and a 48.8-pound wahoo caught by Team Que Mas to take the Other Game Fish categories, earning each team $2,400.
The tournament, fished from July 19-23, was a resounding success with 311 anglers on 32 teams catching 49 billfish during the event.