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  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,648 Captain
    2amigo wrote: »
    Nice job with these tourneys Compleat. Your bringing much needed cash to this island and putting this place back on the tournament map. :beer

  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    This one should be a winner! We had two shots at blues yesterday while kind of wahoo fishing. It was quiet so I took a couple wide swings . First fish was about 150 heated up on a rigger bait in 700 feet... Didn't eat but good show... A while later in 1000 feet we found another 250-300 and it piled on the same rigger bait... Hard run had me scared of getting spooled. No mate to help clear stuff and wahoo stuff with weights and long leaders at that... Good fight but pulled the hook before leader touch... Still good to see they are here already...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Again... The wahoo tourney sold out the rooms and good slips... I suggest entering this one early to lock in rooms or slips as well... Being May with good weather and great fishing the place will already be busy... Early interest in the event has been heavy already. Get your crews tightened up and sign up soon.
  • Only if you guys dress up in drag, like the tournament committee used to in the Bacardi!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    We are one upping them with real Playboy Playmates... They can fill their eyes with that instead of my hairy aging transom... :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Lot of inquries being phoned in to the island. Girls are doing the best they can to answer questions. If I can be of any additional help please drop me a message... This already has a big feel and with the other event sold out I can imagine this may well be the same.
  • pescador67pescador67 Posts: 66 Deckhand
    Congratulations on a successful tournament at BBG. I hope that property is on the way back.

    BBG got some cool ink here:

    Do you mind sharing whether or not there was any kind of Calcutta set up in the tourney or how many boats wound up fishing? Will the next tournament have the same set up?
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Rumor has it that there was "added entry levels" that brought the payout to $37K. 23 boats and close to 120 people were in it.
    The billfish bonanza will be a release format verified by digital photo clearly showing species, close to the boat, with colored card in photo. Blue marlin will be the species most sought after and the heaviest points. Three base places will be paid. $5000 for top team, $3000 for 2nd, $2000 for 3rd. Rumor has it that added entry levels will be there...
    We will have a kickoff party, two relaxed dinners and of course an over the top awards ceremony. The last tourney we had Playboys Miss February to assist with weigh in and prize distribution. We also had country musics Craig Morgan give an impromptu concert. We will again have celebrities in house but at this time can not say who or in what capacity.
    Over all the event itself will be the same fun platform with an extra fishing day and dinner tossed in. Discounted dock and rooms are available for attending teams but as mentioned above we sold out for the last one so waiting til last minute is not advised. Press was there in profusion at our first two events and will be again. Winning teams as well as sponsors will receive quite a bit of exposure and notoriety (if they wish) (We do respect those who prefer to have privacy).
    On line sign ups can be made here...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain

    We have under ordered tee shirts the last two times cause we getting so many last minute people. Please message me if you are even thinking of getting in so we can get a better count and make sure everybody is covered...

    Also just got word we are half way sold out on rooms with only 27 left at this time... Does not take long at the rate we are going to fill them up.
  • alacrityalacrity Posts: 2,648 Captain
    23 boats is a substantial increase from the first tournament. congrats to you, mike and everyone involved.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    A whole lot more people for sure... We had 16 the first and around 80 eating this time we fed 120... We are bending over backwards to make these events work and bring people back to bimini one fish at a time. Its not our work that makes it happen though. Its the fishermen, teams and sponsors that do. They make the rules and supply the ideas and we listen...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Thank you Hopkins Carter and Canyongear for again signing on as platinum sponsors. Thank you also Colin Yarnell Goldsmiths for your great top lady angler proze. Thank you Malin wire for the bag stuffers and door prizes...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    We welcome Pantropic CAT and Maco General Contractors aboard as gold level meal sponsors! Thank you guys it means so much to us...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Reminder to our contestants... They are plentiful and they run big in Bimini... Don't come under gunned!
    But come get ya some! :)
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Got word that we may be having computer glitch at club again. You can call to make reservations or try on line link. If you have any problems let me know... Thank you...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    There are 11 days left to take advantage of the early sign up discount. Correct amount off is $250 til March 15 making entry total $1200... Less than half a BBC leg or most other events...
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Took yesterday off to try a hero or zero marlin troll off jupiter. The Zero is what we got. Set her on a sword drift but that too didn't pan out. 4+ knots being pushed along by stiffer than supposed to be wind had me using more lead than usual to keep baits down. had one destroyed bait by end of drift... Got home to find a couple sign ups and a couple more interesteds in this event... Not sure of the room count available but its dropping...
  • 2amigo2amigo Posts: 9,117 Admiral
    compleat, check your IM
  • Complete,

    Is there any problem with booking a slip and not a room if we are sleeping on the boat?
  • Compleat wrote: »
    Took yesterday off to try a hero or zero marlin troll off jupiter. The Zero is what we got. Set her on a sword drift but that too didn't pan out. 4+ knots being pushed along by stiffer than supposed to be wind had me using more lead than usual to keep baits down. had one destroyed bait by end of drift... Got home to find a couple sign ups and a couple more interesteds in this event... Not sure of the room count available but its dropping...

    Why not a short swordfish tournament sometime? It would be nice to have a deep drop and/or a night fish tournament sometime int he summer. I know you can fill the marina with one of those, we have talked about a swordfish outing in Bimini for years. The longliners used to have great catches of large fish on that side of the stream.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Ron no problem with staying aboard at all... The call out on the rooms being short is just a heads up for those who need rooms for their guests. As for a sword tourney we are probably going to blend one with this event next year. Each seperate event is becoming hugely expesnive just with fees to the Bahamian govt for each one.
    Deep drop I think would be a hard one to do with limits over there. It would be a multi place tie... If we do add the sword it will be likely a night thing.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    I figired as much but answered to both in case i am mistaken. If we do a sword it will be a traditional night thing most likely... No day deep dropping on them ... Even with hand crank (we don't allow electrics in any of our tournies) a lot of people feel it puts pressure on the breeders which are already getting worked hard on the state side.
    Before I set anything in stone we need to do what we do with the wahoo events. Take input from all who fish this one on how they would like to see a sword addition work. Our anglers are the ones who come up with the formats, rules, etc. So far what water testing we have done says night traditional. Its my job to impliment or put in place what they want (If we can). There is no guarantee that the government will grant permit for a sword kill tourney. If they do, fees are expensive and would drive the cost up on the whole event. So many new stop signs go up on the empty road that we never know where we will see one next.
  • Complete,

    Remember on an international level, swordfish are at a high biomass and are considered to be a fully recovered stock. No one in the world is targeting them enough to meet their individual countries quota, at least in the North and South Atlantic.

    I do agree on the deep drop breeders, we do not know enough about that exact fishery to know what it is doing yet, but research is planned. Problem is most sword research comes from longlines and thank god, the longlines can't fish the bottom.

    Complete, I have worked on a lot of sword tournaments over the years and can help with some good info. We are tired of fighting the commercials on night trips over here now that everyone is fishing maximum amount of buoys, and I know we can fill that marina with a sword tournament in mid summer when weather is nice.

    Anyway, my team is working on planning the billfish tournament and we can talk swords then.

    Remember, I am the recreational swordfish representative on the NMFS advisory panel and also a rec swordfish rep on ICCAT.

    The kill thing is what has topped any real swordfish testing of the waters over there. I would hope you can bridge that issue.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Like I said their govt doesn't work in ways that seem logical to us at times so its a slow delicate process to figure what is going on and what we can or can't do. Each individual event garners more and more fees. Our success has them wanting a bigger slice of the pie each time and thats why discussion leans toward blending it with another event (in this case being the billfish next year).
    Another thing we need to look at is the purpose behind the tournaments we are running. They are directed at bringing in people at normally dead times of the year, exposing them to the deals that the island has in off season and show casing the continued efforts to improve the services the resort provides. Summer the place fills up pretty strong all by itself. They really want the tournies to help fill the off times rather than fill a mostly already full marina.
    I suggested an easy does it dolphin/ fun fish event a while back and it was shelved so this will need to be carefully presented in a way that doesn't dilute the quality of the events we are currently running and will optimize positive things for the resort.
    I'm all for doing a sword event. Just got to iron out details of how best to do it. I know the fish are there as its one of the few places I have fished where i have actually seen free jumping swords (good sized ones too) by day on more than just a one time thing. Hopefully you can attend the billfish and though free time is scarce for me being the director running all that I do, I would be happy to sit and listen to any input you and others can inject.
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Just had another sign up... This one from the Tampa / St. Pete area... Welcome aboard guys!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Ok here goes... had to make sure he was available... Chase Camacho will be available with the 58' Viking , Miss Kethleen, to fish the event. He has consistently ranked one of the top five ranked charters in South Florida and has joined the Big Game Club's ranks... He is listed at $1500 per day plus 20% of of winnings for up to 4 anglers, $1700 for 5-7, which is a very reasonable rate! No doubt he will book fast... Be the one!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Headed back to island via the sea plane in the morning... I keep my phone off over there ($2 a minute!) But will have the laptop going so you can reach me through messages or email...

  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Just got word that we are down to 20 rooms left! My anglers will be taking up one or two of them. If you want a room at Big Game for the event (where all the action will be) DO NOT WAIT to book! The rooms we have are being held for tourney people only so make sure they know you are in!
  • CompleatCompleat Posts: 2,777 Captain
    Back on island via Tropic's sea plane! Wow! The best way to get here! I guess get this boat opened back up and systems checked then tackle and get ready to be ready to fish... :)
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