Team Galati Triumphs at Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament
Team Galati took top honors at the 28th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, held June 12-17 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco Bahamas. Owned by Chris Galati, Holmes Beach, FL, Team Galati scored 2,500 points with four blue marlin and a sailfish, winning Top Team, Top Release Team and other honors. They released a blue on Monday, a blue and a sailfish on Tuesday and two blues on Thursday, beating 11 teams and 60 anglers.
Boneshaker, owned by Joe Lehner, Stuart, FL finished second with a blue, a white and two sailfish for a total of 1,000 points. Third place went to Ticket, owned by Jim Jensen, Satellite Beach, FL, for releasing a blue and a white marlin 800 points.
Top Angler and Top Release Angler went to Ed Dwyer Cocoa Beach, FL, on the Ticket. Team Galati's Joe Galati, Jr. won Top Junior Angler for releasing one blue. Team Galati's second junior angler, Christian Hightower, Holmes Beach FL, released a blue but was trumped by time for the Junior Angler award.
Second place angler went to Josh Herbert, Ponte Vedra, FL for a blue marlin release and the first blue of the tournament on Pandemonium. Darren Plymale, Odessa, FL on Team Galati took Third Place Angler for a blue marlin release.
Ticket took two top honors in the Fun Fish division. Top Tuna went to Karl Schneider, Satellite Beach, FL for a 33.2 lb. yellowfin. Garett Van Orman, Rockledge, FL took Top Dolphin with a 37 lb. fish.
The TCBT is a modified release tournament with four days of fishing, parties, dinners and fun competitions. A highlight of TCBT's social events was a fabulous dock party, with food specialties including fried lionfish cooked by the anglers on the lay day. On Thursday was an entertaining junkanoo, performed by the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School, a beneficiary of the TCBT.
The winner of the TCBT receives an invitation to fish the IGFA Offshore World Championship. Last year's TCBT winner, Kilowett, took Second Place Angler in the May, 2011 IGFA Championship in Cabo San Lucas. Fishing on Team Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, Kilowett owner, Eddie Flack, Lighthouse Point, FL successfully competed against a field of 59 teams and 282 anglers from more than 25 countries.
Information and photos from the 2011 event are available at www.treasurecayfishing.com, with live scoring provided by www.catchstat.com.