2010 Harbor Island Championship

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Miss Annie Jumps to the Top of BBC Standings
Big Win at Harbour Island Moves New Jersey Team to Number 1

Barry Weshnak’s Miss Annie scored an impressive 2,400 points during the Harbour Island Championship to handily win the tournament and jump to the lead in the 2010 Bahamas Billfish Championship. The Allenwood, New Jersey team caught and released two blue marlin and six white marlin during the tournament which is the third leg of the BBC’s five tournament Series. Miss Annie, a Viking 52, caught qualifying billfish each day and five of the six white marlin were caught on day two of the three-day event.

Dr. Michael Spicer, developer of Epice Sunscreen, the tournament’s sponsor, presented the Randy Rich designed First Place trophy to team Miss Annie during the awards ceremony at the Pink Sands Resort. As Top Release Team for the Harbour Island Championship, Miss Annie received a Randy Buck original bronze trophy presented by BBC sponsors Murray Products, High Seas Technology and PipeWelders. Top Crew trophies, sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group, were awarded to the crew of Miss Annie.

Catching and releasing two blue marlin for 1,200 points was Jim Jensen’s Ticket, a Spencer 62. The Second Place team from Cocoa, Florida went scoreless on day one but managed a blue marlin release on days two and three. Glen Cameron’s Floridian from Ft. Pierce, Florida finished third with 1,000 points for a blue marlin release and two white marlin releases. In addition to the Randy Rich trophies, the top three finishers all received gift certificates from Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecast and BoatMat Corp.

For the second consecutive tournament, Bill Gardner and team Our Dream was the recipient of the Smith Merritt Insurance and International Special Risks ‘Customer Appreciation Award.’ Smith Merritt and ISR award a Carey Chen print to their insured scoring the highest points at each leg of the BBC.

Thirty of the world’s top sportfishing boats congregated at Harbour Island Marina & Yacht Club, Romora Bay Resort & Marina and Valentine’s Resort & Marina for the third of the Championship’s 2010 tournaments. Over the three days, the participating boats caught a total of 37 billfish. Blue marlin accounted for 15 of the total along with 18 white marlin and 4 sailfish. At all BBC tournaments, catches and releases are validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish was released in accordance with IGFA and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.

The opening reception, Anglers Meeting and dinner, hosted by Epice Sunscreen, was held at the Coral Sands Resort overlooking Harbour Island’s world famous ‘pink sand beach.’

With the win at Harbour Island and accrued points from the two earlier tournaments, Miss Annie, took over the lead in the overall standings for 2010 with 3,500 points. Likewise, Ticket’s accumulated points coupled with bonus points for the Second Place finish at Harbour Island moved Ticket into Second Place Overall with 3,200 points. Team Blue Heron, winner of the Central Abaco Championship, caught a blue marlin at Harbour Island but dropped to Third Place Overall with 2,900 points. For the complete listing of the overall standings visit http://www.bahamasbillfish.com/bbc_results/2010_results/ Now celebrating its 37th season, the BBC is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions. In an effort to give-back to the Bahamian people, the Bahamas Billfish Championship two endowed scholarships that enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology or advanced education in marine technologies.

For the very latest information, registration forms and tournament photos visit our fact-filled Internet website at www.bahamasbillfish.com or contact the Bahamas Billfish Championship at 866-920-5577 or e-mail: info@bahamasbillfish.com.