|High Angler Jock Albright|
The 33rd Annual Balboa Angling Club’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament was held September 12th and 13th with challenging weather conditions, high winds and seas and the anglers really had to work for it! This is the most prestigious and oldest marlin tournament on the west coast.
It all started with a Kick-Off Party on September 10th held at the Tee Room in Newport Beach with a packed house! Marlin had been caught since August 2nd and the participants couldn’t wait to hit the water and were truly excited about this year’s tournament.
The fishing started on Friday at 6:00 a.m. and the first fish was hooked up at 8:04 am and was released after tagging with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) Satellite Tag for the Great Marlin Race. This is the first time the Great Marlin Race is being tracked in Southern California waters. During the tournament 2 tags were deployed and you can track their paths by going to http://www.igfa.org/Conserve/IGMR-Satellite-Tag-Tracks.aspx.
All in all, the tournament was a great success for the Balboa Angling Club and the participants are ready to come back next year!
Here are the results:
2014 Master Angler Billfish Tournament
Clubs = 8 Boats = 49 Anglers = 193
24 Hook Ups 15 Releases
Total Fish 1st Day 9 Released
2nd Day 6 Released
1st Pescadores - Team 1 540 pts.
2nd Dana Angling Club – Team 1 480 pts.
3rd Tuna Club – Team 1 390 pts.
1st Bounder 300 pts.
2nd Kea Kai 240 pts.
3rd Poco Loco 210 pts.
1st Jock Albright 240 pts.
2nd Bill Buchannan 210 pts.
3rd Rod Halperin 180 pts.
4th Vick Sommers 180 pts.
5th Calen Offield 180 pts.
6th Drew Lawler 180 pts.
7th Bob Denault 180 pts.
8th Brian Fox 150 pts.
9th Alyson Gillett 150 pts.
10th Linda Crean 150 pts.
The winner of the Bob and Sally Kurz Perpetual Circle Hook Award is Vick Sommers on Sleeper
And in the Tuna Division Greg Taite of the S. S. Minnow took home 1st place.
For more information on the Master Angler Billfish Tournament, the Great Marlin Race and Balboa Angling Club, please contact Amy Elliott at the Balboa Angling Club 949.673.6316 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
|High Boat BOUNDER|
|High Club Pescadores|