Hemingway, Playboy, running with the bulls (sharks that is), seaplane landings and takeoffs, a sunset serenade with country artist Craig Morgan and 3,400 pounds of wahoo made for one of The Bahamas’ most intriguing tournaments in recent memory. The eclectic scene was staged at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Feb. 21-23 as part of the Wahoo Smackdown II Tournament that attracted 22 teams, more than 100 Anglers and 132 wahoo caught during the two-day tournament.
Taking home over $7,500 in cash and prizes for top team (334.7 pounds of wahoo) and largest catch (96.7 pounds) was Frank Roach, Kevin Marsh, Billy Thomas and Dillon Kemp competing for Fishin A Loan.
Team Overtime, made up of Daniel Bell, Rue Monay, Steven Jenkins and Hugh Jazz, took second place team honors ($1,500) with 191.1 pounds. And winners of the November 2012 Wahoo Smackdown tournament, Ocean Alley, took third place ($1,000) with 186.9 pounds total catch weight.
Ditch Digger finished second in the largest fish category (65.7 pounds) and Overtime was third with 60.1 pounds.
Overall, according to tournament director Capt. Paul Cameron, more than $30,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.
Cameron said due to the success of the two wahoo tournaments, the Big Game Club will be hosting the Billfish Bonanza on May 15-18. Those interested in more information should go to www.biggameclubbimini.com.
“This is a tournament that will be talked about for quite some time,” said Michael Weber, General Manager of the host Big Game Club Resort & Marina. “Not only was there huge wahoo action for the teams participating, but we had writer John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, fishing with team Makin It Happen; Shawn Dillon, Playboy Magazine’s Miss February 2013 was the hostess for our awards ceremony and country artist, Craig Morgan was here fishing aboard Miss Kathleen with Captain Chase Camacho and filming a segment for his TV Show ‘Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors.'”