Bahamas Billfish Championship completes second leg

Leg 2 wrapped up May 9 in Turtle Cay with continued calls of “Fish on!,” organizers say.

After a successful start to the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship at Guana Cay in April, Leg 2 wrapped up May 9 in Turtle Cay with continued calls of “Fish on!,” organizers say.

“Fishing has indeed been great,” Active Interest Media’s Marine Group’s marketing and event organizers report. “So far in the first two tournaments, the teams have released 23 blue marlin, 35 white marlin and nine sailfish. One blue marlin was brought in that weighed 597 pounds.”

Active Interest Media owns Soundings Trade Only.

The 42nd annual BBC is underway, with the third leg, the Treasure Cay Championship, scheduled for May 27-30. It will be followed by the June 10-13 Boat Harbour Championship.

On Wednesday, the AIM Marine Group, which purchased the venerable tournament earlier this year, announced the addition of a new sponsor and an additional tournament sportfishing event.

Blue Marlin Motors USA committed to a two-year sponsorship of the newly created Treasure Coast & Palm Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, which will debut June 25 in Jupiter, Fla.

The Green Turtle Cay Championship started May 6 with a dinner at the Bluff House. The night of May 8 found participants enjoying a beautiful sunset at the Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar at the Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina.

Organizers note that Leg 3, at Treasure Cay, is the location where the current Bahamas blue marlin record was caught — 1,119 pounds by the Double Dog during the BBC in 2011.

A new feature for following the BBC is the ability to get live updates and follow the action remotely via a new app from Reel Time Apps. The app is available free for iPhone and Android devices and allows users to receive live updates during the tournaments, including results, standings and boat profiles.

The app allows users to “favorite” any boat to more closely follow results from that crew. A boat captain calls in a catch over the radio to the committee boat; the committee boat records the catch into a custom administration website; and app users are notified in real time with push notifications.

Fans also can follow the action on the Bahamas Billfish Championship website at its Live Scoring link.