In March 2021, FWC sent an online survey to saltwater fishing stakeholders to learn more about interactions with marine predators during fishing activities. Stakeholders had 12 days to take the survey (March 15-26).
NOAA Fisheries, Tuesday, May 11, 2021—Fishermen aboard Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling category and Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels (when fishing recreationally) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) in the Gulf of Mexico after 11:30 p.m., May 4, 2021.
Viking Yachts, the premier manufacturer of the highest-quality sportfishing and motor yachts ranging from 38 to 93 feet, has installed twin 900 HP Scania engines for this new build. The vessel was commissioned by Mack Boring & Parts Co. to demonstrate the reliability and performance of Scania’s new engines to the recreational market and will be utilized for fishing tournaments and events throughout the East Coast waterways starting in August 2021.
May 10, 2021—There’s been a bit of a shakeup within the Captain of the Year Release Marine International Division. Triple Sea’s Capt. Jimmy Werling has leapt up to second place after the team came in second at The Shootout for a total of 600 points. Team Galati’s Capt. Tony Carrizosa still remains in the first place spot with 750 points. Also, congratulations to Capt. Danny Hearn and the Blank Check team for their first place win at the Baker’s Bay Invitational. Next up is the Hatteras Village Offshore Open.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR ALL DIVISIONS
Note: All jackpot amounts change with each boat entry.
OVERALL LARGEST MARLIN OF THE YEAR Jackpot $25,000
By Dale Wills
I recently returned from a visit to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas for the Production vs. Custom Shootout run by legend Skip Smith. This was my first time returning to the islands since Dorian devastated the Abacos in September 2019. I stayed at the Abaco Beach Resort and the marina looks better today than it ever did. The new tournament scale is awesome and I’d bet a giant sea monster couldn’t tear it down as it is now made from steel beams. If only that precious ground under the scale could talk. I have fond memories of big marlin and boats backing under it to celebrate.
Gray FishTag Research, a not for profit, all species, international tagging program, will be holding the first-ever Southeast Suzuki Invitational Swordfish Tagging Expedition—SwordQuest. Mike Lund and Mike Lardani, owners of Outboard Specialties in Pompano Beach will be sponsoring the program in an effort to continue swordfish research work in Southeast Florida.
The Water Purification Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation is pleased to announce the release of its next generation of seawater reverse osmosis systems, the H2O ECO. Adding to the suite of “patent pending” energy recovery systems, the H2O ECO features a completely enclosed, compact unit in a powder coated aluminum frame.
The InTheBite Captain of the Year Cup is the championship of sportfishing. The Cup is the world’s only quantifiable way to recognize the tournament success of professional sportfishermen. Comprised of 90-sanctioned events that span the world, there is nothing else like it. Winning an InTheBite Captain of the Year Award is a major achievement. From the winners to the Cup’s origin, it is an interesting tale.
SiriusXM Marine’s Fish Mapping service is now available on Simrad and Furuno displays! Whether you’re competing in a tournament, out fishing for fun, or taking clients on a charter trip, Fish Mapping provides the information you need to help get you to the spots where fish are most likely to be located, saving you time and fuel. In addition to all of SiriusXM Marine’s weather features, Fish Mapping includes: