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April 21, 2008

"D.A. Sea" wins 37th Edition of Chub Cay Member Guest Tournament

The Member Guest Tournament at Chub Cay is the oldest continuously held billfish tournament in the Bahamas

"D.A. Sea", a 65' Paul Mann owned by Ed and Valerie Dunn of Grasonville, Maryland, released one blue marlin on the first day of fishing and took the early lead in the event.

"Rebel", a 61' Viking owned by Steve Powell of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, took the lead on the second day of fishing by releasing the first blue marlin of the day. Shortly thereafter "Jack O Hearts", a 60' Jim Smith owned by Jack Dell of St. Augustine, Florida, released a blue marlin, while Valerie Dunn and "D.A.Sea" added a white marlin release to their points total.

As the boats headed out for the third and last day of fishing everyone knew that it was still a wide open tournament and that the final outcome would be decided that day. Long time Chub Cay veteran captain George Dorste set the pace for the day with back to back releases of a white marlin and a sailfish. Captain George was in command of the smallest boat in the fleet, "Branch Office", a 30' Intrepid owned by veteran anglers Al and Janet Jones.  Ed Dunn on "D.A.Sea" countered with a sailfish release and Kaye Pearson's "Showpiece" jumped into the fray with another sailfish release. With less than an hour to go in the tournament, Captain David Cilk called in a blue marlin hook up for "Reel Lax" owner Lester Petracca. During the course of the fight it became evident that this was a fairly heavy fish and after a 45 minutes plus fight, the 400 pound plus blue marlin was successfully released.

"D.A.Sea" was the winner of the tournament, followed closely by "Rebel" in second place and "Jack O Hearts" in third place.

Following the awards ceremony all of the participants were treated to what has been described as the finest Awards dinner ever put on in the Bahamas. From fresh stone crabs and conch salads to perfectly prepared lobster tails, from barbecued steaks and ribs to cracked conch and smothered grouper, everyone enjoyed this great meal prepared by the Chub Cay food and beverage staff under the leadership of Chef Sands.

For a complete set of the results of the Chub Cay Member Guest Tournament, visit our website at