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June 20, 2008

Ohana took top honors at the 25th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament

Ohana took top honors at the 25th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament

ABACO, BAHAMAS, 06/08 - Ohana took top honors at the 25th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, Abaco, Bahamas. Anglers traveled from several states as well as from the Bahamas to compete in the world-class billfish competition, June 8-13 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort Marina. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, the tournament also offered a fun fish division and fabulous social events. First place overall and first place release team went to Ohana, a 61' Spencer out of Jacksonville Beach, FL owned by Edward Burr, for releasing two blue marlin with a total of 1,000 points. Midnight Blue, Miami, FL, won second place with a blue and white marlin release worth 700 points. Eddie Lopez of Midnight Blue also won the Top Angler and Top Release Angler awards. Double Eagle, out of Hollywood, FL, won third and Waterproof, Pompano Beach, FL earned fourth place, with one blue marlin release each. Chase Gargiulio of the Miss Lisa, Naples, FL won the Top Junior Angler award. First place dolphin went to Andy Polash of Fisherman Joe-Kel, Cape May, NJ for a 36.2 lb. fish. The tournament celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a bonfire and junkanoo parade performed by the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Festivities included the unveiling of a perpetual trophy to honor winners of past and current tournaments. A qualifier for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, this modified release tournament offered four days of fishing, parties, dinners and fun competitions. Renowned for its great food, camaraderie and events families can enjoy, the TCBT also raised funds for the Treasure Cay Primary School. Major sponsors included Chevron Texaco Bahamas, Awlgrip North America, Continental Connection/Gulfstream International Airlines (official airline of the tournament) and Treasure Cay Hotel Resort Marina. Information and photos from the 2008 event are available at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort Marina offers 78 harbour side hotel rooms, including one, two or three bedroom suites, a 150-slip marina, 3¡Ç mile powdery white sand beach, 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, swimming pool, Spinnaker Restaurant, Tipsy Seagull Bar and reception center. On the beach, the resort offers the Coco Beach Bar with lunch service and a new beach gazebo for seaside weddings and other functions. Short term rentals are now available for the Treasure House on the beach, featuring a private, lushly landscaped lagoon-style pool with spectacular sea views, as well as for the two-bedroom, two-bath Yellow Elder Cottage located near the hotel. Formerly only available for long-term rentals, both properties now offer stays for as short as three days. For information and reservations, contact US representative, Treasure Cay Services Inc., 2301 S. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33316-3949, phone 1-800-327-1584 or 954-525-7711, email: or visit