Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Bimini 'Wahoo Smackdown II' Tournament mixes celebs and fishing

by John Bell on 26 Feb 2013
Team unloads Wahoo catch for weigh-in John Bell
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 Resort and Marina 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 out of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Team Overtime—Daniel Bell, Rue Monay, Steven Jenkins and Hugh Jazz out of Ocoee, Florida—took second place team honors ($1,500) with 191.1 pounds. And winners of the November 2012 Wahoo Smackdown tournament, Ocean Alley, out of Hollywood, Florida, 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 Big Game Club Bimini.

'This is a tournament that will be talked about for quite some time,' said Michael Weber, General Manager for the 51-room Big Game Club Resort and Marina, which hosted the tournament. '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. Also, it was great to see Tropic Ocean Airways’ seaplane service shuttling guests to and from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. It was a very, very busy and 'Epic' weekend.'

Weber said as an additional bonus, the sold-out resort customers were treated to a special preview of Bimini Bull Run, a unique one-day guaranteed shark encounter experience featuring a specially designed shark cage system attached directly to the docks at The Big Game Club Marina.

Those testing the system, including Playmate Shawn Dillon and a reporter with the Bahamas ZNS Network, used a unique 'Hooka' air system, allowing non-certified divers to experience the shark watching opportunity.


Bimini’s location along the legendary Gulf Stream (a 'river' of warm water) location is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish and acts as a kind of sushi conveyor belt carrying abundant food to the local fish. Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs.

Bimini’s flats are home the fishermen’s favorite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-record-setting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Sport Fishing Magazine recently ranked Bimini as number three in the Top Ten Greatest Fisheries of All Time.




Make Fast MooringsHella Marine - July 2016Pantaenius - Worldwide Support

Related Articles

Cyclone Debbie forces evacuations in Australia
Residents in northern Australia begun evacuating as cyclone carrying winds up to 230km/h moves towards Queensland coast Residents in northern Australia have begun evacuating as a cyclone carrying winds up to 230km/h (143 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is tipped to become a Category 4 system - the second most severe - when it arrives early on Tuesday local time, authorities said. Some people have refused to leave despite warnings the destructive core could be as wide as 100km (62 miles).
Posted today at 7:13 am
Tropical Cyclone Debbie to impact the Queensland Coast on Tuesday
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has reached Category 2 strength and is forecast to further intensify to Category 4 strength Tropical Cyclone Debbie has reached Category 2 strength and is forecast to further intensify to Category 4 strength, crossing the Queensland coast on Tuesday between Rollingstone and Proserpine. Queensland Regional Director Bruce Gunn said this cyclone is very dangerous, and of a size not seen in Queensland since Yasi in 2011.
Posted today at 3:07 am
MotorGuide makes Tuross Head Flathead and Bream Tournament a success
Tuross Head Flathead and Bream Tournament has been an outstanding success with 255 competitors taking to the water At the end of the weekend catch-and-release fishing tournament, the experienced David Fraser took home the winner’s trophy with his two best flatheads (48 and 72.6 cm) and two best bream (32.3 and 27.5 cm) giving him a total of 248.1 points, and a comfortable 10-point gap on Stuart Walker in second place.
Posted on 24 Mar
HDS Carbon has landed
SolarMAX™ HD technology gives you an ultra-wide 180 degree viewing angle to make sure you can see your display clearly Built to match the needs of the modern angler, Lowrance HDS Carbon displays sport powerful new dual-core processors for smoother operation of demanding high-performance accessories like StructureScan® 3D.
Posted on 24 Mar
Aquasports Marine marks 10 Years with Mercury
Boat range is extensive, running from runabouts, offshore fishing, and bowriders to cuddy cabins and family all-rounders Situated in the Perth suburb of Midland, the team at Aquasports Marine not only supply and service the full range of Mercury and MerCruiser engines, they provide boat lovers with everything they could need – including new and used boats, full boat and motor servicing and repairs, finance, insurance, fishing gear, watersport equipment, boat chandlery, oils and motor spare parts.
Posted on 23 Mar
Lowrance® celebrates 60 years of domination
Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced plans for celebration of its 60th Anniversary. Lowrance®, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today plans for the celebration of its 60th Anniversary. For six decades, the iconic brand has led the industry in product innovation and customer service, supported professional anglers around the globe and dominated the tournament trail.
Posted on 23 Mar
New Garmin GPSMAP models now available
Garmin’s popular GPSMAP multifunction display series, new 752xs/952xs touchscreen are now available in Australia. Further expanding Garmin’s popular GPSMAP multifunction display series, the new 752xs/952xs touchscreen and 1022xsv/1222xsv rotary control/keyed units are now available in Australia.
Posted on 23 Mar
Coral Bleaching Again - Call to Action
Last week I attended latest Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan meeting of the Reef Advisory Committee in Brisbane It has become abundantly obvious to CAREFISH that climate change has eventuated and massive scale disruption and or destruction of our environment, particularly the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), is currently being experienced and is escalating. Whilst it is acknowledged that Governments are attending to some aspects and attempting to mitigate effect...
Posted on 22 Mar
New Listing – 2013MY Pursuit C 260
With a huge bathroom, great seating and the huge deck, this boat has it all.The price includes a virtually new Sea Pen. This late model US built boat makes for the perfect fishing and offshore vessel or is just as at home cruising enclosed waters with the family. With a huge bathroom, great seating and the huge aft deck this boat really has it all.The price includes a virtually new Sea Pen.
Posted on 22 Mar
Giving women a voice in fisheries
Victorian Rural Women’s Award finalist Kirsten Abernethy couldn’t be prouder of her state’s seafood industry. Victorian Rural Women’s Award finalist Kirsten Abernethy couldn’t be prouder of her state’s seafood industry. ‘Victoria has a great industry,’ she says. ‘It’s sustainable, proud and passionate. We should be celebrating our small family businesses and celebrating our remarkable seafood – from Williamstown sardines to Gippsland prawns.’
Posted on 21 Mar