The Bahamas Wahoo Smackdown, hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina on November 16-18, saw more than 60 anglers competing for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes and landing nearly a ton and a half fish in the process. Bimini's fishing waters are the legendary Gulf Stream and a hotspot along the superhighway of migrating fish.
“It was a perfect weekend with lots of action,” said Tournament Director Captain Paul Cameron. “The Big Game Club was the perfect host and the fishing gods were with us. There were a ton of wahoo and the action was very competitive with only four-tenths of a pound separating first from second place.”
Team Ocean Alley out of Hollywood, Fl. took top team honors taking home $7,500 in cash winnings. Team members Joey Jordan, Alex Antunez, Alfonzo Llanes, Tony Provenzano and Todd Smith caught the largest fish (61.4 pounds) and total catch weight at 225 pounds.
Team Fishless out of Miami, Fl. finished second with a 2nd largest catch of 58 pounds and a total catch of 311.2 pounds. Chasin Tails of Miami, Fl. finished third with the 3rd largest catch of 53.8 pounds and total weight of 199.4 pounds.
“We listened to what the anglers wanted and we came up with what we felt was a good combination blending reasonable entry fees with great prizes,” said Cameron, who hopes to repeat the tournament in January-February with the end-of-season Wahoo run.
Big Game Club General Manager Michael Weber said the weekend “went flawlessly”, including the end of tournament banquet, which featured native Bimini specialties as well as three roasted pigs.
Team Fishless posted this video of their tournament: