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Bimini Wahoo Smackdown III

CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
I'm not sure where the rumor started (I do have a couple ideas) but I'll squash it right here. It is not postponed, cancelled or in any way affected by me not chartering. The Smackdown is on as planned, bigger and better than ever. No, at this time, I am not available for charter. Yes the event is on full swing. Yes I am still directing it. Yes we added liberal boundaries. Yes we put back in place a start time but made it an hour and a half earlier than last year. Yes we are still accepting sponsors. Yes we need your help spreading the word and yes, we need your help picking a Playboy Playmate to help me pass out our mountain of prizes...
Dates are Captains Meeting: Nov 21, Fishing : Nov 22-23, Awards: Nov 23 after fishing... Discounted rooms are in place and already filling fast. Base prize purse is $10,000 based on 20 boats. Entry is $1250 per boat. Boats staying at BGC will be eligible for $300 voucher from out island board (redeemed at check out).


  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    If any of you hear negative stuff about it being cancelled or anything like that please drop me a PM. I have found one source but there may be more....
  • Blue ZoneBlue Zone Posts: 414 Officer

    About the tourney, please help me to understand why you would want to have anything at all to do with Bimini at this point. Your first two posts on this thread indicate that there is still something very much amiss on the island.

    Although you have left it unsaid, it is quite obvious that BBGC and the entire island turned their backs on you when the chips were down, then crapped all over you for good measure. We all continue love Bimini for what it was, but jeeze you have to draw the line somewhere.

    How about moving the tourney to either West End, Lucaya or better yet, GHC where the tourney would be welcomed with open arms and appreciated?

    Let Bimini wallow in its own greed, avarice and political squalor and move on to less stormy shores.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Its not BBGC.... Its their tournament. Some of that is coming from within. Miscommunications if you will. I agreed to run this one and I am a man of my word...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    After my long run to the canyons and distributing the mountain of meat we had. I got back on line to check my mails. We had a five boat group and a single sign up yesterday so I'm psyched. That plus the other sign ups we got way early and through the summer has us already looking like another home run.
    Corporate sent me a couple notes regarding sponsors and how they want to proceed. Basically the same as it was but a pile more paper work for me along with earlier deadlines.
    At this time we have plenty of room for product sponsors. Looking for top mate and top junior prizes to add. I think we still have the awards dinner sponsor spot still open. Possibly 2nd night as well. Bag stuffers are always welcome. Like last two events we will have a huge media blitz before and after. Sponsors over $300 in product or cash get their logos advertised and shown in some where around 20 publications maybe a little more. I think media exposure reaches about 1.4 million viewers.
    The club is beginning to fill up. I wouldn't wait too long to sign up if its the club you want to stay at. If you are looking to jump on a team or have a team to fill let me know in PM so I can get you guys together...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Just walked through the door, back from Jersey. Email, messages, etc all full up. We're busy ramping up the prizes in a continued bid to grow and be the best that we can be.
    We had a nice spurt of entries and verbal commitments made by others to be there over the last few days gives this the feel that it will indeed be epic... Still open to ideas to make it even better. Don't hold back!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Welcome aboard Ocean Tamer products! Some lucky crew will enjoy your generous contribution to the prize pile... :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Working on getting Hooters involved... :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Woolybooger just signed up to provide some of their great product to one and all!

    Also got word that the first few wahoo have made their way to the cleaning tables there... No mention of size or big numbers but at least a start.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Everybody loves the "Holy Grail" trophy by Gray... Well management just upped all the other places up to Gray made product! Keep on signing up gang... We are workin hard to be the single best wahoo event of all time... :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Largest fish will be a slob mount, plaque, merchandise and $2500
    1st, 2nd, 3rd team overall will be top shelf along with merchandise and $5000, $1500, $1000
    Then a mountain of plastic and glass to go along with it all...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Just got a call... Mirage may be in! We held first place through most of the first day, last event. Will old school hang on for a trophy this time? Or will go fast cover water continue to rule?
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Last two events we had Playboy play mates to help hand out the prizes. Shawn Dillon (Miss February) was an absolute sweetheart!

    The question is... Do we continue with the Playmate theme or maybe go with a film or tv star?
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    This guy won the last one... Fishin A Loan walked away with about 20K and a mountain of trophies... He just signed up for another go at it. He ran far the first time but isn't afraid that we set in a start time and boundaries this time. Do you have what it takes to take him down?
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,648 Captain
    Compleat wrote: »
    Last two events we had Playboy play mates to help hand out the prizes. Shawn Dillon (Miss February) was an absolute sweetheart!

    The question is... Do we continue with the Playmate theme or maybe go with a film or tv star?

    that's quite a caca-grin you have paul.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Of course I got a grin... I had conch salad for lunch and decked a wahoo that had the lead almost all day. :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Welcome back sponsors: Canyongear, Hopkins Carter, Maco, Malin wire, Woolybooger, Yarnell Goldsmiths and new addition Ocean Tamer custom bean bags...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Sign ups continued to come in this week. Ryan Rasberry a fire fighter from sw Florida went 10 for 14 on good sized fish a couple days ago... Sounds to me like they have arrived early which is good sign for things to come... Rooms will be hard to get soon, if you want to stay at Big Game Club, don't wait too long to sign up!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Recent Bimini hoos... They have arrived...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    This thing is getting to grow big time! Hooters, Tito's Vodka, and other big names jumping on board with us. Prize stack just grew by six nice additions. We will have the Hooters gals in the house bringing smiles all around...

    Next six boats that sign up get extra goodies in their bags and when i say goodies i MEAN good stuff!
  • o-sea-do-sea-d Posts: 148 Officer
    We are in.....

    Fishing a 43 Cabo "Team Annie"
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Cool! I have you penciled in... Extra goodies set aside for ya... Hit the sign in link on the first page and lock it down! Glad to have you aboard! Nice mix of all kinds of machines getting in. Added even more stuff to the give aways and prize piles today. This is getting really big really quick... :)
    I'll be on the road a lot the next couple weeks picking up sponsored stuff and getting it to that side... Keep em coming gang!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Had a group just buy four entries... I like it... :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    I see something from time to time... "I don't want to bother you but..."
    Folks, its ok, I'm a people... I'm here to answer questions and it is not a bother to address any questions or comments. Being director, thats part of my job. There is no "dumb" question when you don't know the answer. Ask away. I have most bases covered on this thing and can point you in the right direction. Sometimes not,and thats why i like steady stream of comments and or questions. If I get one I get stuck on, that helps me and others out by pushing me to get the answer...

    Ps... If you are either "in" or on the fence... Let me know so I can make sure we have enough goodies to cover you and your crew.
  • mfieldvimfieldvi Posts: 44 Greenhorn
    Whats the current team count so far?
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    21 on my "In List" so far... Not sure of the full paid up numbers. Added Dancing Cat and OCD to the paid list today.

    Our good buddy Ben did a quickie. This pic was a couple hours after clearing customs... Looks like they were trolling sabikis for the one fish... :)

    Alex on Makin it Happen picked off a couple, a dolphin then spanked the queen snappers..

    Our shirts just got locked in and are off getting printed...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    OCD signed up last night... Nice to have crossovers from our billfish tourney. Great people! Also added Dancing Cat that is a new name to me...

    I received a zillion messages about the shirts last night. I doubt that we will have much left over from the first run as teams get them first and first shot at buying extras. Possible we will do a second run but i don't own the rights to do that myself. i will keep you guys in the know...

    BTW- :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Lot of sign ups going on. Welcome back Full Time. Welcome first time Island runner...

    Welcome Bost Lures to the sponsors list...

    Mangement let me know that the left sleeve our shirt is available if any current sponsor wants to up their sponsorship to platinum level ($2000) or if a new one would like to get on for the same deal...

    Looking like we may well hit 30-35 boats!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    More sign ups... Steady flow. Sleeve still available...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Went to Miami yesterday to Hopkins Carter's Sail and Slay tourney... Good time and great people down there. Signed up one and possibly a few more to come. Added a sponsor who I will announce tomorrow and possibly picked up a sponsor for my boat? Not sure yet...

    Caught a little flack about boundaries and start time being put back in but my hands are tied. No win situation for a tourney director. Mike and I had a pile of people come to us after last tourney (about 2/3 of them). I guess they talked amongst them selves and approached us in mass. "Great tourney but if you don't put boundaries and reasonable start time in, we won't be back. RBDF and USCG asked us to reign it in so they could have a search grid and some sense of what radar signatures are our guys and what aren't. As far as I know we have only one boat holding out cause of it. His loss not ours...

    Bottom line is this thing is growing nice... :)
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