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BERMUDA BIG GAME CLASSIC 2005
The fifth annual Bermuda Big Game Classic started Wednesday night July 13 with the Final Registration, Kickoff Party, and Captains meeting held at the beautiful Fairmont Hamilton Princess Ballroom. The gala affair included delicious food, Bacardi spirits, great door prizes and plenty of expectation on what the week might bring. By the end of the night the tournament recorded a record 46 entered boats with the competitors vying for over $350,000 in cash & prizes. Six sport fishing yacht manufacturers, Ocean, Bertram, Jarrett Bay, Hatteras, Merritt and Briggs Boat Works are competing in the Marlin Magazine Manufacturers Cup division. A total of 13 boats are in this tournament division and will be competing for $9,000, recognition on the Perpetual Geoffrey Smith Trophy and a two page feature recognition in Marlin Magazine. Special thanks to the Bermuda Department of tourism, the City of Hamilton and the sport fishing community of Bermuda for all the fantastic support.
The first day of the tournament had an unusual start. One of the islands power plants caught fire early in the morning leaving the whole island without power. As the boats lined up for the traditional first day parade, tournament control scrambled for 12-volt batteries to power the radio while bewildered guests and residence woke and discovered the situation. Boats decorated with flags lined up at 6:45 a.m. in front of the Princess behind Allen DeSilva's De Mako. Tournament director Dan Jacobs announced the start of the parade and dubbed the first day as the Bermuda Big Game Classic Survivor addition. Guests, family and friends waved as the impressive fleet of boats idled by. Thanks to the efforts of the Hotel staff, Government and municipaly workers most of the island got back normal by 9:00 p.m.
Back on the dock at Barrs Bay Park anglers returned to complimentary Bacardi spirits and a building crowd of spectators waiting to see Southern Exposure's fish. Jennifer Dudas a seasoned tournament veteran checked the release photos. Jennifer donates her time every year for the Classic after she finishes the BBC series. Thanks Jen!
As Southern Exposure pulled up next to the dock spectators were amazed at the thickness and size of their fish. As the blankets were taken off experienced anglers new the fish was bigger than the estimate of 850-pounds. Weigh Master Raul Miranda, who also donates his time each year after completing the Bacardi and Bertram Hatteras Shootout, zeroed the scales. Tournament director Dan Jacobs attached the weigh ropes and the crane began to slowly raise the fish. Miranda called Jacobs to the scales to witness the weight. Jacobs with great excitement belted out the weight to the crowd 1023-pounds, we have our first grander and new record in the Classic! Cheers, screams, hugs, hi-fives and congratulations spilled across the park. This was the tenth grander caught in Bermuda and the first for a visiting boat. Bermuda is the most consistent large blue marlin fishery in the world and the Classic is just that, a classic event.
The first day official standings are as follows:
Mackay Communications Early Registration winners Bree and Southern Exposure
BERMUDA DOT TEAM DIVISION
Allied World Assurance First Place Team: Southern Exposure 1523
Pompanette Second Place Team: Bree 700-points
Yaupon Embroidery Third Place Team: Sea Toy 500-points
Bacardi Biggest Blue Marlin: Current Leader is Southern Exposure 1023-pound blue.
Simrad Most Billfish Releases: Bree with two releases
Fairmont Hamilton Princess Biggest Game fish: Open
PXRE OPTIONAL RELEASE JACKPOTS
Bank Of Bermuda Day One Release Jackpot: Bree with 700 points, $13,000
MASTERS LTD DAILY BLUE MARLIN OPTIONAL JACKPOT
Finest Kind Offshore Tackle Day one Marlin Jackpot: Southern Exposure 1023-pound blue $25,333.34
Gregory Poole, Pantropic Power, Ring Power, Ransom Engines Caterpillar Blue Marlin Jackpot: Current leader is Southern Exposure 1023-pound blue
MARLIN MAGAZINE MANUFACTURER''S CUP: Current leader is Jarrett Bay, team Southern Exposure with 1,523-points.
TEAMS ALSO SCORING POINTS
Victory Lap 500 points
Bigga Mac 500 points
Bermuda Banger 500 points
Offshore Lady 500 points
New Nuts II 500 points
I Love My Wife 500 points
Jester 500 points
Overproof 500 points
Treasure Isle 500 points
Rum Bum 200 points
Playmate 200 points
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