The Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT) announces a new date and format for its 31st Annual tournament, June 25-29, 2014. Held at Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort, Abaco, Bahamas, the tournament will offer three fishing days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an optional Family Fun Day, Kettle of Fish Tournament and Rock the Dock Party on Sunday.
Stephen Kappeler, General Manager, said, “We took into consideration that some tournament participants may like to depart on Sunday to return to work on Monday. Plus, scheduling the event after school is out will make it easier for participants to include their families.”
Known for its great fishing, excellent value and social events, the world-class competition attracts teams from around the world. The TCBT modified release tournament also offers social parties, dinners and fun competitions. The guaranteed cash payout ranges from $10,000 for a minimum of ten boats and up to $50,000 for participation of 50 boats. The TCBT offers a special bonus of one free room night at the resort or a free day of dockage for registrations made prior to March 31, 2014. The early registrations also receive an entry into a drawing for free tournament dockage for boats up to 60 feet and additional prizes.
One of the best fishing destinations in the Bahamas, Treasure Cay is known for grander-size record-breaking marlin, large dolphin and wahoo. While billfish is the focus of the TCBT, the tournament includes Fun Fish Division awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The Fun Fish Division offers an optional payout rivaling top prizes of U.S. based tournaments. In addition to the cash prizes, winners receive beautiful trophies and the top team is honored on a statuesque Perpetual Trophy showcased in the resort’s Spinnaker Restaurant, one of the largest air conditioned out-island restaurant facilities available for events. Awards are also presented to Top Lady and Junior Anglers. Release point standings are verified by the participant’s own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The TCBT is open to the public and center console boats over 30 feet are welcome. The top TCBT team will qualify for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, with information available at www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com.
In addition to its great food and family social events, the TCBT also raises funds for the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Details, photos and the tournament magazine are available on www.treasurecay.com.
Information can also be found atwww.facebook.com/treasurecayresort.
Registration for up to six team members, including boat entry, cash prize eligibility, dinners, cocktail parties, team goody bag and room discounts is only $2,950 per team and can be made online at www.treasurecay.com.
The 2013 TCBT winner was Southern Comfort, owned by Peter Angel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Southern Comfort captured the lead on the last day of fishing, bumping_Domarlo_, owned by Doug Macdonald, West Palm Beach, FL to second place. Big T’s Too, owned by Bob Wolsey, Sarasota, FL dashed from zero to 800 points on the last day to snag third place. Domarlo claimed the Ultra Champ award for most points earned by prior TCBT winners. The Lay Day Kettle of Fish tournament resulted in the catch of more than 70 lionfish as well as several snapper.
Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort will also host the Bahamas Billfish Treasure Cay Championship, June 4-7, 2014. For resort and TCBT information and reservations, contact US Agent, Treasure Cay Services, Inc., 2301 S. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316-3949, phone 1-800-327-1584 or 954-525-7711, email:[email protected] or visit www.treasurecay.com.