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Fintastic 2000 T&R Results
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Fintastic's Second Annual Total Tag & Release Billfish Tournament
Whisky II with anglers Paul Phillips III and Hugh McKenna and Captain Jose Luis (Pepino) Servin Capture Top Honors
11/19/2000 - Zihuatanejo, GRO Mexico .... Zihuatanejo - Final Report
The final day of Fintastic's Tag and Release Tournament was full of action and surprises with a too close to call finish that left anglers impatiently waiting at the docks for every last boat to pull in and be counted. Saturday evening's awards banquet was held in the ballroom of the Riviera hotel in Ixtapa where they doled out the long awaited judgements with cash and lots of tackle and gear prizes.
For the teams entering the jackpots, Jackpot awards came in at $500 US for daily top team and $250 US for daily top angler. Daily Jackpot cash prizes went to Team Yellowfin with 4 sailfish on Day One, anglers Bob Carr, Mike Wickham and Lou Esposito, with Bob Carr being top jackpot angler. Team Queen Arantxa was top team on Day Two with 4 sailfish, anglers Ken Ellis and Roland Rameriz, with Ken Ellis as Day Two's top angler. Day Three's top team with four sailfish went to Team Shellback, anglers Mike LaRussa and Alan Eriksen and Bev Goto with Dan Blatler on Sequestro de Amor as daily top angler. $800 US went to Team Shellback as the overall high team in the tournament entered in the jackpots.
For the overall grand prizes it was a neck and neck race. At the end of the day, 2nd and 3rd place had an equal number of fish caught and released with an equal number of points. With both the Shellback and the Raul 3 Marias II checking in with 8 fish total ( 7 tagged and released, 1 released) for 1150 points, the deciding factor had to be the earliest time of catch. With a mere 1 hour and 45 minutes deciding the outcome, The Shellback with anglers, Mike LaRussa and Alan Eriksen and Bev Goto and Captain Miguel Alvarez took home 3rd place overall. For 2nd was the Raul 3 Marias II, with anglers Stan Cross, Barry Kevich, Terry Taylor and Bernie Polega and Captain Lenny Alvarez. First Place overall, winning the invitation to the Rolex-IGFA Tournament of Champions 2001 in Kona, Hawaii with a total of 8 sailfish tagged and released for 1200 points was the Whisky II with anglers Paul Phillips III and Hugh McKenna and Captain Jose Luis (Pepino) Servin.
In addition to the cash prizes for anglers, winning Captains received a wide assortment of quality rods, reels, tackle and gear. The top Captain & crew received two Everol 50WP reels, two custom Versitex 50/80 rods with Aftco roller guides and aluminum butts, a full compliment of Ande line, Mustad hooks, Nu-Mark Stand-up Harness and belt, Bushnell Sunglasses and a full set of flags from SunDot Marine Flags.
A huge second year success, Fintastic's Tag and Release tournament caught a total of 76 sailfish in three days, tagging and releasing 69 with 2 missed tags, with only 5 reported fatalities during the entire tournament. Also 3 Blue Marlin were hooked up but broken off in the tournament. As further proof of Fintastic's Tag and Release's commitment to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and the continuing conservation efforts of Tag and Release sportfishing, the tournament committee donated $500 US of the proceeds to the local environmental/conservation group Viva la Bahia (Save the Bay) --a great end to a great three days. At the end of the banquet boats were already being reserved for next year and I didn't speak to a single angler who wasn't planning on returning. Fintastic's Tag and Release Billfish Tournament 2001 is slotted for the same time next November 15-17, 2001.
Come fish with us November 15-17, 2001 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Fintastic's Total Tag & Release Tournament