Texas Billfish Classic Tournament Champions, Over-Ride and their 410# blue marlin. Photo by Brandon Rowan
Another year of the Texas Billfish Classic is on the books! Tournament Director Jasen Gast came together with all tourney staff, teams and volunteers to put on a hell of an event at Surfside Marina in Freeport. Good conditions offshore allowed great fish to hit the scales, including a 118.9-pound tuna from $ea Dollar$ and a 410-pound blue marlin brought in from Over-Ride.
Congratulations to overall tournament champion Over-Ride, owned by Marty Griffith and captained by Ryan Doxey.
Bottom Dollar captured the trophy for most billfish release points.
$ea Dollar$ with their 118lb. tuna, Over-Ride with their 410lb. blue marlin and REHAB with the winning wahoo at 32.4lbs.
1st Place: Over-Ride
1st Place: Bottom Dollar
1st Place: $ea Dollar$ 118.9 lbs.
1st Place: REHAB 32.4 lbs.
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1st Place Overall went to “Mucho Mas” releasing 1 blue marlin and 5 sailfish giving them a total of 1000 points.
Tuna & Dolphin
“Game Hog” released 1 white marlin and a sailfish for a total of 250 points. They took home 1st Place dolphin and tuna awards.
1st Place wahoo went to “Paradise Ranch”
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BARRACUDA: Adriane Reese | Fish Trips.com
BLACKFIN TUNA: James Thuleen | Backlash
BLUE MARLIN: David Badalich | Dock Holiday
BONITO: Mike Hagee | Scat Cat
DOLPHIN: Reed Ruschhaupt | Right Rigger
JACKFISH: Tom Furlow | Ambush
KINGFISH: David George | Dirty Money
LING: Tommy Temple | Dirty Deeds
MACKEREL: Herbert Snowden | Full Cooler
SAILFISH: Martin Clement III | Vamonos
SHARK: Buddy Mills | Day Pay
WAHOO: Emily Bryant | Fishy Business
WHITE MARLIN: Jenny Price | Got ‘M On
YELLOWFIN TUNA: Ed Crocker | Doc Holiday
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Offshore Division Winner
1st Place: Reel Bounty | Tony Annan | Capt. Kirk Elliott
Tag & Release
1st Place: Cajun Queen 3 Blues, 3 Sails 1,800
Blue Marlin: Reel Bounty | Andy Hollen | 547 lbs.
Tuna: Mono Chongo | Robert Brown | 176.5 lbs.
Dorado: Over the Limit | Derek Elzner | 26.5 lbs.
Wahoo: Notorious | Marsh Miller | 63 lbs.
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Got ‘M On
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Standaman with 710 points
1st Place: Marilyn Atkins | Mojo | 25.65 lbs.
1st Place: Rebecca Ramming | Rebecca | 9.75 lbs.
1st Place: Emily Petty | Vanquish | 34.45 lbs.
1st Place: Sharon Smith, Laura Smith and Heidi Cluck | Standaman | 6 releases
1st Place: Debbie Tucker and Catherine Carr | Mojo | 2 releases
1st Place: Kathleen Wyatt | Doc Holiday | 1 release
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Backlash | Travis & Jackie Hunter | 3,300 points
1st Place: Slight Edge | Perry Forrester | 442.5 lbs.
1st Place: Down Time | Bobby Walters | 162.5 lbs.
1st Place: Relentless Pursuit | Dennis Pasentine | 31.5 lbs.
1st Place: Backlash | Travis & Jackie Hunter | 54.5 lbs.
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