After setting a world record for the most billfish released in a tournament, the 2015 Offshore World Championship wrapped up with a total of 2,840 billfish releases, which included 2,822 sailfish, 14 blue marlin, two black marlin and two striped marlin.
There were 13 qualifying dolphin, three wahoo and one tuna weighed over the 25-pound minimum by the time the scales closed on the final day.
The team representing the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament of Bermuda won, releasing its final fish three minutes before the team representing the Torneio de Marlin do Rio de Janeiro Brazil to claim the tiebreaker and win the championship.
The team of American anglers qualified by winning the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament in Bermuda. The team caught 67 sailfish for a grand total of 13,400 points to win the 16th Annual 2015 Offshore World Championship. The anglers include Taylor Beckford, Rob Moore, David Berard and Frank Rodriguez.
Team member Taylor Beckford also picked up the fifth-place angler award by releasing 24 sailfish, for a total of 4,800 points, and received a King Sailfish Mounts trophy and a Guy Harvey limited-edition print.
The second-place team from Brazil, which qualified for the OWC by winning the Torneio de Marlin do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, scored a total of 13,400 points from 67 sailfish releases.
The third-place team, also from Brazil, which qualified for the OWC by winning the Torneio de Pesca Open 25, Brazil, scored a total of 13,300 points from 64 sailfish releases and one blue marlin.