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FLASH FLOOD HOOKS FIRST PLACE
Steven Flood and the Flash Flood fishing team from Jacksonville, FL, took first place out of 40 competing boats in the 19th Annual Treasure cay International Billfish Tournament (TCIBT) held 23rd-28th June at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina. The team released a blue marling on day two of fishing then released a blue marlin and white marlin on the last day of the tournament, catapulting to first position with a total of 700 points. In four fishing days a total of 26 billfish (17 blue marlin, 5 white and 4 sailfish) were caught, all of which were released and verified by photos.
Bout Time of St George Island, FL, held first place from the beginning of the tournament but finished second with two blue marlin releases for a total of 600 points. Third place went to Art Attack of Islamorada, FL, with two blue marlin releases and 600 points. Early Byrd of Neptune Beach, FL, took fourth place with 475 points for releasing a white marlin, blue marlin and a sailfish.
The Top Angler and Top Junior Angler awards were presented to Steven Flood Jr of the Flash Flood for one blue and one white marlin. Betty Autrey of the Bet-A-Buc team from St Augustine, FL, won Top Lady Angler. Top Tuna at 96 lbs went to Shock Wave of St Augustine and the Top Wahoo prize at 51.4 lbs was awarded to Winners Circle of St Augustine.
A qualifier for IGFA's International Tournament of Champions, this modified release tournament offered four days of fishing, parties, dinners, fun competitions, a golf tournament, a volleyball tournament and a Bahamian Arts & Crafts Fair on the lay day. Almost 300 anglers and guests attended. Renowned for its great food, camaraderie and events families can enjoy, the TCIBT also raised funds for the Treasure Cay Primary School and the IGFA Junior Angler Programme.
Major sponsors of the TCIBT include Texaco (Bahamas), Abaco Markets and Continental/Gulfsteam International Airlines.
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