The second annual Gamefish Grande Tournaments in Cuba wrapped up June 13 in Havana.
Organizers said the first tournament this year was held at Marina Gaviota in Varadero from June 5-8. The host was Marina Gaviota, a 1,200-slip marina on the Cuban peninsula. Tournament boats fished for three days off the coast and released two blue marlin.
First place went to team Seamaster, a 78-foot Rybovich, with owner Dan Devine fishing. Seamaster released a blue marlin on the first day to take home the top trophy.
Second place went to Wayne Carmignani on Hog Wild, a 52-foot Viking from Naples, Fla. Carmignani released a blue marlin on the third day. Hog Wild also released the largest dolphin of the tournament. It weighed 32.4 pounds.
From Varadero the teams traveled to Marina Hemingway in Havana (June 10-13). The fleet fished just offshore for three days and released seven blue marlin, one white marlin and five sailfish.
Hog Wild placed first with five blue marlin, one white marlin and three sailfish released. William Ray, aboard his 43-foot Ocean, No Fly Zone, came in second, releasing two blue marlin. Blue Heron finished third, releasing two sailfish.
The top teams at both of the tournaments received custom-designed trophies from tournament trophy sponsor King Sailfish Mounts.
The Gamefish Grande is produced and managed by the Active Interest Media Marine Group. AIM owns Soundings Trade Only.