Orange Beach Billfish Classic, May 22, 2022—In what has become a bit of a recent tradition that tournament organizers would be happy to see come to an end, the 26th Annual Orange Beach Billfish Classic had to adjust this year’s tournament schedule due to a forecast calling for rough seas. The originally scheduled final day of the tournament, Saturday, May 21st, was looking to be rather sporty offshore.
By Jan Fogt
After talking to owners and captains about the best way to ask for a raise, we came away with this startling conclusion: most captains rely on their boss’s goodwill to provide cost of living and merit raises even though such raises usually are negotiated upfront in the business world.
Considering the majority of big game captains today manage hard assets costing well over a million dollars we think being a licensed sportfishing captain should be considered a professional occupation. Yet few captains and owners see the owner-crew relationship quite that way.
There are many variables that determine why fish are in one place one day and not the next. Hilton’s is continually seeking new data portals to provide the most information available in order to achieve the highest success ratios when fishing offshore. Hilton’s recently-launched SALINITY data portal provides “cloud free” imagery in addition to the ability to tweak the imagery to “focus” the data in the area you are interested in (similar to how you can tweak the sea surface temperatures).
2022 Sailfish Challenge—In standard fashion, the 2022 Sailfish Challenge saw teams battling on both ends of the 100-mile boundary for the chance to grab the ‘W’ at the second leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. 56 teams turned out to compete for a $583,700 purse. Contender boats had the hot hand on Day 1 with team On Sail, on their 39ST, trading places at the top of the leader board multiple times with team Contender One, on their Yamaha powered 44ST. Fishing off of North Palm Beach, On Sail held the lead with 12 releases with only 45 minutes before lines out.
We stopped by the harbor to check in with the Krazy Salts team to talk a little bit about their boat, their upcoming fishing schedule and life on an 80-foot Viking. The Krazy Salts team is entered into the 2021 InTheBite Champion’s Cup within the following divisions:
• East Division – Largest Blue Marlin / Largest White Marlin
• Champion’s Cup Combined Divisions Overall Largest Blue Marlin
80′ Viking Krazy Salts