Bahamas Billfish Championship opens in Guana Cay

The Guana Cay leg of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship concluded last week with an awards dinner at Orchid Bay Marina.
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The crew of Bamboo took top honors in the Guana Cay leg of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

The crew of Bamboo took top honors in the Guana Cay leg of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship.

The Guana Cay leg of the 2016 Bahamas Billfish Championship concluded last week with an awards dinner at Orchid Bay Marina where Bamboo, owned by Bill Canida, took top honors.

Wave Paver (owned by Jr. Davis and captained by Russell Sinclair) and Sandrita (owned by Kevin Fish and captained by Kyle Sherman) took second and third place, respectively.

Bamboo, a 40-foot Cabo, started the tournament, releasing a blue marlin on the first day. It went on to release two white marlin on the second day and capped off the win by releasing two blue marlin and a sailfish on the third day.

In response to participant comments, the BBC changed its point structure. Blue Marlin remain 600 points per release, but white marlin are now worth 100 points and sailfish are worth 50 points. Also new this year is a $5,000 Grand Slam Bonus, a prize that will be awarded to the first boat in each leg to catch a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish in one day.

Back by popular demand is the $1 Million Dollar Marlin. The BBC will give that award to an angler who catches a blue marlin that breaks the current Bahamas record of 1,119 pounds.

The Bahamas Billfish Championship is produced and managed by the AIM Marine Group. The BBC was purchased in 2014 by Active Interest Media, which owns Soundings Trade Only, among many other special-interest magazines.

For the latest information, results and overall standings, or to register for any of the remaining tournaments, visit Bahamasbillfish.com.

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