2003 Final Results
Oppositional Holds Off Surging Field To Take The 3rd Annual Bermuda Big Game ClassicCapt. Peter B. Wright
Fresh off their win of the World Cup, the team aboard Mike Nichols' 60' Hatteras Oppositional released one blue on the first day and two on the second to narrowly edge out the field of 28 teams. Nail-biting nerves must have been running high as many teams got into striking range of the championship. In the end, Oppositional took first place, the Day-Two release jackpot and had the most billfish releases, earning them $37,925 and the championship.
Event Wraps with Record Blue Marlin and Big Prizes
A crowd of several hundred people gathered around the Bacardi-sponsored cocktail tent in Barrs Park, Bermuda, Saturday afternoon, eagerly anticipating of the arrival of Captain Russell Young's local charter boat Sea Wolfe. Word had spread across the island that a big fish was on the way to the scales.
When the vessel arrived and the huge female blue marlin was lifted from its deck, the fish looked even bigger than the 644-pound estimate called in on the VHF radio.
Dockside estimates jumped to 722 pounds when Dr. Brian Luckhurst remeasured the catch, and the scales eventually showed her to be a whopping 757 pounds - a new Bermuda Big Game Classic tournament record for angler Larry Kaufman!
The Sea Wolfe's giant marlin won the Bacardi Biggest Blue Marlin Award and took both the Day Two and Day Three daily jackpots. (No one had landed a qualifying on Day Two, so the money rolled over.)
Day One jackpot winner Reel Tight released a blue just after 10:00 a.m. to move into second place overall, and Dana Ann, a 58-foot G&S from Osprey, Florida, clung to third place with a pair of blues from Day One.
It was still anybody's tournament right to the last minute. Overproof and Sea Scorpion each landed a blue on Day Three and one more good bite for either team would catapult them to the overall lead.
Knock Down, with New Jersey newcomer Jay Klukowicz, weighed in a 40.5-pound wahoo to nail down the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Largest Gamefish award.
A total of 17 blue and six white marlin were photographed and released, two blues brought to the scales, with another 50 marlin encounters reported.
Any misgivings competitors may have had about fishing in the mysterious waters of the Bermuda Triangle were washed away in a wave of hospitality from the courteous island locals, the picture perfect surroundings and outstanding big game fishing. Come join the fun next year!
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