Breathe Easy Wins the 2016 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship
The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama
From wire to wire one team led the field and on Saturday night the results were made official—Breathe Easy is the 2016 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion. The 68 Viking, based in Orange Beach, is owned by Matt McDonald of Daphne, Alabama. Captain Patrick Ivie, also from Orange Beach, is the boat’s skipper, with first mate Nick Knoepflein plus Shane Toole and Ryan Fields serving as additional crew members. American Marine Brokerage was this year’s GCTC presenting sponsor. [Read more…]
May 20, 2016 Orange Beach, Alabama: For the second straight year the Gulf Coast Captain of the Year Award was presented by Publisher Dale Wills during the Orange Beach Billfish Classic kick-off dinner party. Captain Robbie Doggett, who runs the 95-foot Jim Smith Relentless Pursuit, gladly accepted his 2015 Captain of the Year award among family and friends during the first event of the 2016 Gulf Coast tournament season. “It’s not just me on this team, its the whole crew including the boat owner who actually runs the boat more than me when we are fishing. We mostly lure fish and he loves driving,” says Doggett. The crew included deckhands Mike Akiu, Jerry Morrison and Chip Stiebing. Doggett won the Gulf Coast division by 250 points over Captain John Brennan on Portafino. Captain Doggett’s wins included:
Capt. Robbie Doggett, Relentless Pursuit, 1750 Points
- Cajun Canyons Largest Blue, 500 Pts.
- Cajun Canyons, 1st Place, 500 Pts.
- Pensacola International Billfish Tournament, 1st Place, 500 Pts.
- Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion 250 Pts.
Louisiana’s Cajun Classic Billfish Tournament director Steve Thomas took it upon himself and had a Taiga Cooler custom wrapped with the Captain of the Year logo. “It was our tournament which sealed the title for Doggett and the Relentless Pursuit team and I wanted to show my appreciation for not only fishing and winning my event but also supporting the effort by InTheBite,” said Thomas.
Capt Robbie Doggett joins Done Deal’s Captain Jason Buck 2014’s Gulf Coast Captain of the Year.
Each year InTheBite sanctions the most competitive Big Game events in the Gulf. For each 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish the team captain is awarded points- 500, 300 and 100 respectively. In addition, 250 bonus points are awarded for winning a Championship.
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May 18-22, 2016. Weigh-In 7-10 p.m.
Share E wins OBBC with a 117″ inch Marlin weighing 651.2 lbs. Congrats to the crew on a great trophy.
Breathe Easy has weighed in the a blue marlin 574 lbs. 112″ LJFL.
A current update on the coconut telegraph the sounds are: Reel Fire released a Blue Marlin, Relentless Pursuit released a Blue Marlin, Fransea released a Blue Marlin, Everything Rosie released a Blue Marlin and You Never Know released a Blue Marlin
2016 Orange Beach Billfish Classic Tournament winners:
1st- Share- E with a 651.2lbs.
2nd- Breathe Easy with a 574lbs.
Catch and Release
2nd- Reel Addiction
3rd- Dirt Pit
1st- Sea Mixer with 164.4lbs.
2nd- Team Supreme with 146.0lbs.
3rd- Miss Colette with 142.8lbs.
1st- Call Me Gone with 31lbs.
2nd- Triple C with 29.8lbs.
3rd- Everything’s Rosie with 26lbs.
1st- Nikki Bella with 75.4lbs.
2nd- Relentless Pursuit with 54.2lbs.
3rd- Cotton Patch with 51.8lbs.
Laurie Jones on the Reel Addiction
Caroline Robinson on the Sea Mixer
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May 18-21, 2016 Masters Angling Tournament May 21, 2016 2:15 p.m update
Congrats to Chase Offield and Captain Ryan Higgins for winning the 2016 Masters in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
BBC Leg II updates May 18-21, 2016 14 Teams entered
May 21, Final Results are in! Congrats to Uno Mas- 5 Blues, 3 White and 2 sails in 3 days – pretty work!
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Gulf Coast Triple Crown Adds Bonus Points
Orange Beach, Alabama—The Gulf Coast Triple Crown, a high-profile tournament series consisting of five world-class billfish tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico, has announced that the series will now award bonus points for exceptionally large blue marlin.
The point system will be based on the standard measurement known as lower jaw/fork length, or LJFL. Blue marlin greater than 110 inches but less than 120 inches in LJFL will now receive 10 bonus points, in addition to the regular position points awarded in the Triple Crown. Marlin between 120 and 130 inches will receive 15 bonus points, and those over 130 inches will now receive 20 bonus points. The current system of bonus points, including those for competing in all five Triple Crown events as well as for breaking an existing tournament record in any of the five legs, will remain in place as well for the 2016 season.
“We feel that the difficulty in landing blue marlin in these size ranges warranted a bonus,” says Triple Crown tournament coordinator Scott Burt. “It’s becoming a lost art—the ability to safely and successfully boat a fish that may weigh 600 to 800 pounds. It’s going to make the competition even more incredible this year.”
The 2016 Gulf Coast Triple Crown season begins with the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, slated for May 18-22 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Teams then move over to Venice, Louisiana for the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, May 31-June 5th. A stop in Biloxi, Mississippi is next, for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, June 6-12th. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic serves as the leg’s Florida stop, June 22-26 in Destin, Florida. Then the circuit returns to Orange Beach for the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, where the Triple Crown winner will be crowned July 12-17, 2016.
There is no additional entry fee required to fish the Gulf Coast Triple Crown. The winners are determined by the total number of points earned, which are based on their finish in each of the participating legs of the series. For more information, visit www.gulfcoasttriplecrown.com or call tournament coordinator Scott Burt at 850-527-2882.