TOURNAMENT QUICK BITES
CAJUN CANYONS BILLFISH CLASSIC May 29-June 3, 2018 Venice, Louisiana
Capt. Allen Staples on Wynsong weighed in the heaviest blue marlin at 699.3 pounds for first place in this year’s event. In second was Rocky Jones’ team on Reel Addiction, with a 545-pound blue marlin, and A Work of Art’s blue marlin weighed in at 521.3 pounds for third place.
CAROLINA BILLFISH CLASSIC June 20-23, 2018 Point Pleasant, South Carolina
Capt. Gary Richardson and his team aboard Reel Passion won first place, releasing one white marlin and seven sailfish. Sportin’ Life placed second, with two blue marlin and two sailfish releases, and Grander landed in third, with two blue marlin and one sailfish release.
BLUE MARLIN GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP July 10-15, 2018 Orange Beach, Alabama
The winning blue marlin was landed on Capt. Marco Gaona’s 64-foot Viking, Shockwave, by angler Austin Blakeney, and weighed a hefty 795.2 pounds. The tournament’s second-place fish went to boat owner Jon Gonsoulin on his 70-foot Viking, Done Deal, at 640.8 pounds for his daughter, angler Katie Gonsoulin. Finishing third was a 598.2-pound blue marlin caught by angler Rick Olsen on his 68-foot Viking, Breathe Easy.