Watch out Wahoos! There are two dozen boats in the hunt for your prized meat and a chance to win cash, trophies and prizes at the Bimini Big Game Club’s Wahoo Smackdown III scheduled for November 21-23.
Documenting the action will be legendary angler Larry Dahlberg, whose “The Hunt For Big Fish” airs on the NBC Sports Network. A unique fishing show about finding and capturing huge fish of all species all over the world, “The Hunt For Big Fish” has an annual audience of 16 million in the US alone and has garnered rave reviews for the fast-paced editing, unique camera angles and often amazingly large fish. Dahlberg, a former guide and Fishing Hall of Fame inductee, began producing the show in 1992.
“This will be our best turnout yet,” said Bimini Big Game Club General Manager Michael Weber. “We had more than 150 anglers catching some 6,000 pounds of Wahoo in our first two tournaments, but the word is out that this is a great, fun weekend and the registered boats keeps climbing. We’ve also attracted some great sponsors for this tournament, which is a good sign that sport fishing is back in Bimini.”
Tournament Director Capt. Paul Cameron said the entry fee for the Wahoo Smackdown III (which includes four anglers per boat) is an affordable $1,250
($100 for each additional angler). First place prize is $5,000, followed by
$1,500 for second and $1,000 for third. Largest catch prize is $2,500.
Sponsors currently include Hooters, G&G Shipping, Sysco, Bost Lures, Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, Blue Coast Company, Blue Moon Fish Company, Malin, Maco, Sands Bahamian Brewery, Florida Yacht Interiors, Hopkins Carter, Wooly Booger Lures, Resort World Bimini, Tito¹s Handmade Vodka, Gray Taxidermy, Canyon Gear Custom Tackle, Compleat Angler Marine, and Colin Yarnell Goldsmith.
Bimini’s location along the legendary Gulf Stream (a ‘river’ of warm water) location is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish and acts as a kind of sushi conveyor belt carrying abundant food to the local fish.
Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs. Bimini¹s flats are home the fishermen¹s favorite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-record-setting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of Sport Fishing Capital of the World.
For information regarding the next Wahoo tournament and to register online, please go to http://www.biggameclubbimini.com/big-game-tournament.htm or call (800) 867-4764.
Image courtesy Bimini Big Game Club