With some 30 boats already committed and at least another 10 anticipated, the November 13-15 Wahoo Smackdown hosted by the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina will be the largest tournament in the history of the popular series.
Added good news from Fort Lauderdale’s LMR Custom Rods & Tackle: “Wahoo action on the other side of the pond has been outstanding. They should be in for a great weekend.”
Tournament Director Capt. Chase Camacho today released new final rules for the two-day tournament increasing fishing limits from 60 to 75 miles on Day One and unlimited miles on the Final Day (boats must remain in Bahamian Waters).
Registered checkout starts at 5:15 am both days, lines in at 4:30 and back at the dock at 5 pm. Teams can weigh up to five fish per boat.
Popular marine artist Carey Chen, whose colorful works are inspired from a lifetime of fishing and observing the ocean and its creatures, has been commissioned to “paint a trophy” to be awarded to the top team for heaviest wahoo at the Bimini Wahoo Smackdown V tournament. Other prize categories include five heaviest fish over two days, three heaviest fish for the first day and three heaviest fish second day.
“A Carey Chen original, which usually retails for around $15,000, is a unique and coveted first prize trophy for any tournament,” said Camacho.
Joining Chen at Smackdown V and serving as Tournament Grand Marshal is writer John Hemingway, grandson of novelist and sport fishing legend Ernest Hemingway. Also joining the tournament as official hostess is Playboy Magazine Centerfold and Florida native Shawn Dillon.
Tournament sponsors include Hooters, Sands, Maco, Sysco, SEACOR, Blue Moon Fish Co., Bimini Bull Run, Bost Lures, Blue Coast Co., Florida Yacht Interiors, King Sailfish, Birneys BBQ and Chase N Dreams.
Camacho said the entry fee for Wahoo Smackdown V (which includes four anglers per boat) is an affordable $1,250 ($100 for each additional angler). At stake is $30,000 in cash and prizes to be won.
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.
Logo courtesy Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina