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The Evolution of the Industry’s Top Professional Award
It’s the only award in the marine industry for the professional captain: InTheBite’s Captain of the Year. And in 2014 it’s set to evolve into something even bigger.
Since 2003, the Captain of the Year was selected from a diverse pool of nominees—professional captains who had multiple first place tournament victories in top big game tournaments during the annual season. Like the Heisman Trophy, each year a group of nominated captains were voted upon by the past Captains of the Year in order to determine the winner. As a result the Captain of the Year title has become a prestigious award in sportfishing history and more globally recognized as big game sportfishing continues to break down geographic barriers.
Welcome to the InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup, which will now be presented to the top captains in five different divisions: the United States East Coast, the United States Gulf Coast, Florida, Hawaii and International Divisions, which will include the Caribbean, the Pacific and elsewhere. All five will be named InTheBite Captains of the Year. “It’s time we continue to evolve and grow with the award and pave the way for the next surge of top professional captains with a broader geographical reach,” says InTheBite publisher Dale Wills. “In order to do this with clear and objective standards, we have created a point system which we feel will truly embrace the professional captains who are at the top of the sport each season and ultimately increase tournament participation as more captains try to accumulate points to win.”
InTheBite has established a list of the top billfish tournaments in the world—these are known as “Sanctioned InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup” events. Points will be awarded based on a captain’s tournament finish: 500 points for first place; 300 points for second place and 100 points for third place. In the event that the tournament has a “heaviest marlin” division, the winning captain will be awarded 500 points as well. This is a billfish-only contest, no points will be awarded for any non-billfish species and only a maximum of four places will be awarded points in any tournament (with a maximum of three places in all-release tournaments). For a complete rundown of the rules, visit www.inthebite.com and click on Captain of the Year Cup. Everyone will be able to track the scoring for Captain of the Year Cup on our website as well.
Billfish tournaments may join the list of Captain of the Year sanctioned events although these must meet certain requirements for size and prestige and it’s at the discretion of InTheBite staff whether they are added to the schedule. Contact InTheBite for more information if you have a tournament that you would like to see included on this list.
We’ve already received very positive feedback from a number of tournament directors. Jennifer Dudas, Tournament Director of the Bahamas Billfish Championship, says, “I think it’s a great concept! We’ve always supported the captains who have fished our events in the Bahamas and look forward to watching the points race unfold. It’s going to bring a brand-new level of excitement to an already exciting sport.”
As we move forward preparing for the next generation of fishing teams and crews to discover new bluewater frontiers, the InTheBite Captain of the Year award is embracing its history and setting a new course for global expansion. We hope that you’ll join us for the ride.