May 13, 2016

Mike Schmidt Winner's Circle Fishing Tournament 2016

The 17th Annual Winner's Circle Invitational TDW is in the books.  A field of 24 boats competed including 3 local Bahamian teams.   The event was held at Old Bahama Bay, West End Grand Bahama Island over the May 4-7th weekend.

The weather was beautiful but the wind was howling.  The first day only 11 boats fished.  The very first two boats that left the dock were Ventures.  One of them, the Double Down, had the largest tuna and dolphin of the day.   Matchless had a grand slam that same day catching all three of the species including the largest wahoo of the day.

Day 2 was a mad dash to get out of the marina and fishing. It turned out to be the best day for fishing with Bull Run getting a 48.6 tuna, Pole Position getting the largest dolphin at 41 lbs. and Four Reel getting the largest wahoo at 41.8 lbs. and having a grand slam on all three species for the day.

On Day 3 the Good Call owned by Greg Hull, a 37’ Bahama, fished hard and had a Grand Slam that included a 57.3 tuna and swept the day and tournament.

1st Place - Good Call - Greg Hull 41' Bahama: 101.6 total weight with a 57.3 tuna on last day to win.

2nd Place - Stihl Leader - Bob Noble and Family: 64' Viking 95.1 lbs. total weight of all combined species.  Larges for them was 47.2 tuna on Day 2.

3rd Place - Bull Run - Tom Smith and Family  39' Venture    87.1 lbs. total weight with a 48.6 tuna on day 2.

4th PlaceFour Reel – Frank Devlin: 52’ Viking with 77.5 total combined weight and the largest Wahoo of the Tournament.

While meat fish were the target, it didn't stop a few boats from having some fun with releases. Princess Lily's John Samuels released a blue from his Viking 66 and Gary Belcher had a sailfish on his Viking 52 Plum Crazy.

Lots of good competition and money raised for this year’s charity partners, The American Cancer Society, The Marine Industry Education Foundation and The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.   

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Good Call takes home the big prize with total weight of 101.6 lbs including a 57.3 lb tuna.

Stihl Leaders ended in 2nd place with total weight of 95.1 lbs. 

Bull Run comes in 3rd with a total weight of 87.1 lbs.