The Billfish Foundation — The Billfish Foundation recently held the 2019 Tag & Release Awards Ceremony on February 14th, 2020 at Jungle Island’s Bloom Ballroom.
The global reception included TBF members Chris and Elisa Sheeder from Costa Rica and his family from Hawaii, Laura Jessen and her crew from Costa Rica, Samuel Urbain and family from France, and past winner Kumie Saegusa and her husband from Japan.
The first recognized were the Tag & Release Program sponsors, whose representatives from Garmin, Yeti, Costa, King Sailfish Mounts, Casa Vieja Lodge, and the International Game Fish Tournament Observers accepted plaques highlighting their dedication to conserving billfish and promoting the sportfishing community. Well-known fishing titans, including Gray Ingram and Chris Sheeder, were also recognized during the evening. Up-and-comer Jill Yates, won five awards and Luke Lulfs won eight. Winners were presented with awards made by King Sailfish Mounts.
Top Overall Release Angler was Gray Ingram while Camila Ingram won Top Overall Release Lady Angler. Top Overall Release Youth Angler was Luke Lulfs, Top Overall Release Captain was Chris Sheeder. Top Overall Tagging Angler and Top Overall Tagging Lady Angler were awarded to Laura Jessen. Ben Horning won Top Overall Tagging Captain, and Top Overall Tagging Youth Angler was Hefner Appling.
Builder Michael Rybovich gives InTheBite a full interview walkthrough of the beautifully crafted 78’ Michael Rybovich and Sons Persistence.
We head out on the water to test the new Seakeeper 1 at the Miami International Boat Show. The new Seakeeper 1, designed to eliminate boat roll, features a flush-mount design and runs exclusively on 12V DC power. The price point of the unit is $14,900 plus installation and it weighs 365 pounds.
The Seakeeper tested was outfitted to a Sea Hunt 27.
Designed for the angler that wants a balance between cruising and sportfishing, the new Bertram 50 is an exciting addition to Bertram Yachts’ offshore family. Space is key on this boat, which features a 17.5′ beam and full-length hatch to the engine room. Matched with the right propellers, the Bertram 50 can reach top speeds of about 44 knots.
Bertram Product Development Manager Tommy Thompson gave InTheBite a tour of the 50-footer and broke down the boat’s specs at the Miami International Boat Show, held Feb. 13-17.
InTheBite caught up with Trista Evans, VP at Hooker Electric, who chatted with us about what’s new at the company and what products are going into the Valhalla boats from Viking Yachts. Hooker Electric was at the 24th Annual Viking VIP Boat Show at the Viking Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida.
The event took place on January 31 and February 1.
In this video demonstration, Captain Kieran Pullman, a professional Big Game fisherman, connects the dacron wind-on loop to the double-line loop of a bimini twist.
What is unique in this demonstration is the way Capt. Pullman retains the wind-on leader in a coiled and compact state versus uncoiled and full length (which is common among less experienced deckhands).
The compactness of the leader saves a significant amount of time versus pulling a full-length wind-on through the loop during each step. Capt. Pullman recommends and demonstrates a 3 loop Cat’s Paw connection. The connection is extremely secure resulting in 100% of the lines breaking strength. The Cat’s Paw wind-on connection is by far the most common leader to line connection in big game sportfishing today.
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Most days, Capt. Alex Rogers can be found chartering his boat, the Protocol, off the shores of Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas where marlin are frequently seen, and caught, on these trips. Rogers’ dogs, Rigger and Makaira, featured in “Boat Dogs,” Oct/Nov. 2019, are also a common sight on the Protocol. Rogers chats with InTheBite about fishing in this area and why it’s a great place to visit, no matter what your fishing experience may be.
Captain Jason Holtz gave InTheBite a full tour of the customized 54′ Pursuit from Scarborough Boatworks in North Carolina. The Pursuit is headed to Kona, Hawaii.