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July 08, 2008

Reel Addiction takes first place in 2008 Bermuda Billfish Blast

Reel Addiction takes first place in 2008 Bermuda Billfish Blast

Reel Addiction won both Day Two Release Jackpots worth $49,000 and First Place overall worth another $32,000. Total cash winnings of $81,000. Angler Park Berolzheimer won the High Point Angler award.  Their 1,700 points is highest winning tally ever in the Blast, and this win ends a streak of six consecutive Triple Crown tournaments won by visiting boats.

Day One


On Day One, Que Mas got things started with a hook-up at 8:36 am and a blue marlin release at 8:47 am.  Capt. Nick New and team on Reel Hot soon hooked into a nice blue marlin and after a battle of close to an hour, the fish was on the leader and it was a hard call as to whether it was over the 500 lb minimum or not.  Eventually the team decided the blue was close to 500 lb and so they released it at 10:11 am. 

The morning action also saw blue marlin releases for Spencer 66 - O'Hana, Lone Star, Wound Up and Triple Play, and white marlin releases for El Cazador and Rum Bum

The bar was raised when Wound Up hooked-up again just after noon and jumped into the tournament lead with a second blue marlin release, and while that was happening El Cazador hooked-up again and released a blue marlin - putting them in second place with 700 points. 

Tenacious hooked-up with their early-afternoon 558-pound blue, and soon after Que Mas hooked-up with their 718 lb blue that they boated at 3:22 pm. 

The afternoon also saw blue marlin releases for Fa-La-Me, JACS, Great Escape, Size Matters, Smooth Operator, Tease Em and Anita Jean, and white releases for Reel Lax, Smooth Operator, Treasure Isle and JACS.

The only change from previously reported unofficial results was that a blue release reported aboard Off Piste did not count for points as the photos did not qualify.

So, Que Mas won the Blue Marlin Jackpots worth $91,000, and Capt. James Robinson, Michael Batista, Straws Haycock and team aboard Wound Up  won the Day-One Release Jackpots worth $49,000 !!   Congratulations to them!

In the Blast on Day One there were 3 blues boated, 15 blues released and 6 whites released. At the end of Day One, the tournament standings were as follows:

1)  Que Mas - 718 lb blue and one blue release - 1,218 points and winnings of $91,000
2)  Wound Up - 2 blue releases -   1,000 points and winnings of $49,000
3)  El Cazador - 1 blue release; 1 white release - 700 points
4)  JACS - 1 blue release; 1 white release - 700
5)  Smooth Operator - 1 blue release; 1 white release - 700
6)  Paradise One - 617 lb blue - 617
7)  Tenacious - 558 lb blue - 558
8)  Reel Hot - 1 blue release - 500
9)  Spencer 66 O'Hana - 1 blue release
10)  Lone Star - 1 blue release
11)Triple Play - 1 blue release
12) Fa-La-Me - 1 blue release
13) Great Escape - 1 blue release
14) Size Matters - 1 blue release
15) Tease Em - 1 blue release
16) Anita Jean - 1 blue release
17) Rum Bum - 1 white release
18) Reel Lax - 1 white release
19) Treasure Isle - 1 white release

Day Two and Final Results


This year, the second and final day of the Blast was a strictly release-only day (the day that does not coincide with the July 4 World Cup is always fished as a release-only day in the Blast - this year it happened to be the final day July 5; in prior years the release day had always been the first day - July 3).  You can be sure that plenty of big blues would appear and they did not disappoint - it's great to see so many big fish being released in a tournament !  

On this final day, Capt. Allen Desilva and his team aboard De Mako got things going when they hooked into a MONSTER blue marlin at 8:47 am.  They battled the big blue for close to 40 minutes before they called in the release of an estimated 800-900 lb blue at 9:25 am. 

Capt. Bull Tolson aboard Spencer 66 - O'Hana also hooked a porker at 9:40 am and they were successful with the release of an estimated 550 lb+ blue marlin at 9:55 am. 

Capt. Cragin Curtis aboard Reel Addiction started the day with zero points, but he recorded a white release at 9:21 am.  The leaderboard remained generally intact until Paradise One released a blue marlin at 10:06 am, and that shot them into second place with 1,117 points, just 101 points behind the leaders, Que Mas.  

At 11:03 am Reel Addiction reported a hook-up and scored a blue release at 11:13 am - that brought them to 700 points and right in the middle of a dozen or so boats that were in striking distance of the leaderboard.  The morning action also saw blue releases for Tease Em, Sportsmann and Sea Scorpion and there were white releases for Margin Call, Tenacious, Sportsmann and Jammer.

At 12:01 pm, De Mako was at it again with another good size blue on - this one was estimated at 500 lb+ and was successfully released at 12:36 pm.  While that was happening, Bree hooked into a 700 lb class blue which they released at 1:27 pm.  By 2:35 pm (less than 2 hours before lines-out), Bree had released another blue marlin and blue releases had been added to the tally by Acquadisiac, Touchdown, Great Escape and Off Piste while white releases were added by Fa-La-Me, Tenacious and Sea Scorpion. At this point, the tournament was wide-open - about 8 boats could take over first place with just a blue release and there were about 15 boats that could crack the money slots (top three) with a blue release.

It seemed highly likely 1,500 points in total would be needed to win the tournament, a lot of teams were alert and praying for that shadow to appear - who was going to step-up down the stretch?

Well, two boats stepped-up - Reel Addiction hooked-up at 2:49 pm and released a blue marlin at 3:08 pm - that vaulted them up past a dozen or more boats into 2nd place with 1,200 points, and it gave them the lead in both daily release jackpots.  Then, at 3:52 pm, Treasure Isle reported a double header and they subsequently released both blue marlin at 4:18 and 4:21 pm, respectively - this achievement took them to 1,200 points which ultimately was good enough for 3rd place overall (worth $8,000).

Meanwhile, the drama continued aboard Reel Addiction as they hooked-up again with just 25 minutes to go (4:05 pm) and at 4:17 pm they scored their third blue marlin release of the day, which along with the white release, took them to a tournament winning total of 1,700 points.  HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Capt, Cragin Curtis, mate Nick Martin, angler Park Berolzheimer and crew/camerman Jamie Todd (and that is not a typo - camerman Jamie Todd folks !!).  Other boats that scored in those last two hours included blue releases for Weez in the Keys, Lone Star and Triple Play and a white release for Anita Jean.  The blue released by Weez was another nice one >500 lb.

In the end, it was the third consecutive Triple Crown tournament that has been won in dramatic fashion by a RED HOT boat on the final day (last year it was Que Mas in the Sea Horse and Perfect Parts in the Classic with bumper last day wins).  There were 21 blue marlin and 9 whites released on the 2nd day and, when you consider the size of many of the blues, it was an awesome day of action for a 40-boat fleet.  In total, the Blast had three blue marlin boated, and 36 blue marlin and 15 white marlin were photographed and released.  This compares very favorably with prior years - in 2007, the same number of contestants boated two blues and released 26 blues and 13 whites.

Reel Addiction won both Day Two Release Jackpots worth $49,000 and First place overall worth another $32,000. Total cash winnings of $81,000. Angler Park Berolzheimer won the High Point Angler award.  Their 1,700 points is highest winning tally ever in the Blast, and this win ends a streak of six consecutive Triple Crown tournaments won by visiting boats.

Que Mas very nearly won their second consecutive Triple Crown event, and they will still be all smiles at the prize giving tonight as the 718 lb blue took both Blue Marlin Jackpots worth $91,000 and they secured 2nd place overall for another $16,000. With total cash winnings of $107,000, they have been one of the hottest teams in recent tournament action - last year they also came second in the Blast and they won the Sea Horse and finished second overall in the Triple Crown.  They also finished 3rd in the inaugural 2005 Billfish Blast (they certainly like the Blast!).

Treasure Isle secured 3rd place overall for $8,000 of cash winnings.

Wound Up is the other big winner in this tournament as they won both Day One Release Jackpots worth $49,000.  The High Point junior angler award was won by Austin Burr with two blue marlin releases aboard Spencer 66 O'Hana, and the High Point lady angler award went to Kalen Jones.

The Final Bermuda Billfish Blast standings are as follows:


1)  Reel Addiction - 3 blue releases; 1 white release - 1,700 points and cash winnings of $81,000
2)  Que Mas - 718 lb blue and 1 blue release - 1,218 points and cash winnings of $107,000
3)  Treasure Isle - 2 blue releases; 1 white release - 1,200 points and cash winnings of $8,000
4)  Paradise One - 617 lb blue; 1 blue release - 1,117 points
5)  Wound Up - 2 blue releases - 1,000 points and cash winnings of $49,000
6)  Spencer 66 O'Hana - 2 blue releases - 1,000 points
7) Tease Em - 2 blue releases
8)  De Mako - 2 blue releases
9)  Great Escape - 2 blue releases
10) Bree - 2 blue releases
11)  Lone Star - 2 blue release
12) Triple Play - 2 blue release
13) Tenacious - 558 lb blue; 2 white releases - 958 points
14)  El Cazador - 1 blue release; 1 white release - 700 points
15)  Smooth Operator - 1 blue release; 1 white release
16)  JACS - 1 blue release; 1 white release
17)  Sportsmann - 1 blue release; 1 white release
18)  Fa-La-Me - 1 blue release; 1 white release
19)  Sea Scorpion - 1 blue release; 1 white release
20)  Anita Jean - 1 blue release; 1 white release
21)  Reel Hot - 1 blue release - 500 points
22)  Size Matters - 1 blue release
23)  Acquadisiac - 1 blue release
24) Touchdown - 1 blue release
25)  Off Piste - 1 blue release
26)  Weez in the Keys - 1 blue release
27)  Rum Bum - 1 white release - 200 points
28)  Reel Lax - 1 white release
29)  Margin Call - 1 white release
30)  Jammer - 1 white release