The Bahamas Billfish Championship announced that Jennifer Dudas will take over as president of the 40-year-old tournament series.
Dudas assumes the reins from Al Behrendt, who is retiring after producing the series since 1981.
"I'm excited to take on this new role with the BBC,” Dudas said in a statement. “My first love is sportfishing — not just the tournaments, but the great people involved. Working with Al and Brenda over the past 20 years, I learned firsthand what makes the BBC successful. That experience, along with my passion for fishing, gives me the knowledge, insight and motivation to take the BBC to the next level."
Dudas has been involved with the management of the series since 1992 and has operated the committee boat at each BBC tournament for the past 10 years. A graduate of the IGFA Observer Training Course, Dudas is the official judge/scorekeeper for the championship, validating digital images and videos of released billfish throughout the series.
“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to advance the objectives of the BBC. Jennifer has been an avid angler all her life and has participated in tournaments along the East Coast and in the Bahamas,” Behrendt said. “Combining Jennifer’s understanding of the tournament scene, her familiarity with the structure of the Championship and her demonstrated organizational skills, the BBC can look forward to another 40 years of great tournaments.”