Two hours later it was Fish Tank in the lead with 500 points on time over DA Sea, and Southern Pride in third with 300 points. By noon it was apparent that Laura Jessen, the lone angler on Fish Tank, had taken a commanding lead and would be near impossible to beat this time around. At the end of the day, Fish Tank released 1 sail and 6 marlin for 3,100 points and first place for Leg 2, followed by D.A. Sea with 3 sails and 3 marlin for 1,800 points and Eight Eights rounding out the leaderboard with 5 sailfish and 2 marlin releases for 1,500 points. The participating teams released a total of 56 billfish, including 37 sails and 19 marlin.
Going into the third and final event, to be held on Tuesday, March 29th, it is Fish Tank in the lead with 5,300 points over the first two legs, followed by Team Galati in second with 3,700 points, and D.A. Sea in third with 3,600 points.
The top three teams over all three days of competition will be awarded at the final awards banquet on Saturday, April 2nd. The Ladies Only Tournament is a test of skill, requiring a fight between the angler and the fish just like the Signature Triple Crown. No hook and hand for these powerful lady anglers!
One hundred and ninety anglers comprising 38 teams signed up for the second leg of the 2022 Signature Triple Crown, presented jointly by Chantilly Air and Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Participating boats fished from Thursday, February 24 through Saturday, February 26, vying for top spot this leg and earning points towards the overall Series Championship, the winner of which will take home a grand prize check for $100,0000 as well as other prizes, not the least of which includes a custom take-home trophy sculpted by artist Sean Tuttle of Metal Ocean Tuttle Custom Design out of Hampton, Virginia.
The first fish released by Vaquero five minutes after lines in on DAY 1 set the tone for this leg of the tournament as it was a marlin. By 9:00 am six marlin had been released and by noon that number had doubled. As of the midday update Vaquero was in first with 1,000 points, followed by Max Bet with 800 points on time, over Pura Vida also with 800 points.
By day’s end the fleet had released 93 billfish (56 sails, 37 marlin) and Pura Vida had taken top spot with 3 sailfish and 3 marlin releases for 1,800 points, followed by Billfisher (second), Fish Tank (third), D.A. Sea (fourth), and Miss AC (fifth) all with 1,400 points after releasing 4 sails and 2 marlin each. The tie between these four teams was broken by the time on the release of their last fish, with the top spot going to whomever achieved the points first. It doesn’t get much closer than that, especially given that Pura Vida squeezed into first with a marlin release at exactly 4:00 pm!
There were six marlin in the first two hours on Day 1 and the same number in the same amount of time on DAY 2. By 10:00 am the fleet had upped the two-day ticker to 67 sails and 43 marlin, with Pura Vida “comfortably” seated at the top of the board with 2,000 points, followed by D.A. Sea in second on time with 1,500 points over Pez Collector.
No one can sit idle during a Triple Crown event; Rum Runner came seemingly out of nowhere and into first by 10:49 am with three marlin releases early in the day and then solidified their lead with another three marlin releases by 1:03 pm, adding a sailfish to their scorecard at 2:47 pm. Pura Vida wasn’t to be left far behind though, and with six sails and six marlin achieved 3,800 points over the first two days and 3,100 points on Day 2 alone, well ahead of Pura Vida in second for the day with 1,800 points! Uno Mas (1 sail, 5 marlin) finished third on time over Vaquero (6 sails, 4 marlin), scores tied at 2,600 points each. With 111 billfish (57 sails, 54 marlin) released on Day 2, the two-day tally was up to 204 billfish releases (113 sails, 91 marlin).
Billfisher, always a strong contender, scooted into second with a marlin release at 9:46 am and then to first with another marlin at 10:38 am, bringing them to 4,500 points as of noon. Just eleven minutes past noon, Rum Runner released a marlin for 4,800 points and boom! They were back in the lead.