Anglers brave rain to compete in billfish tournament March 18, 2015
Despite heavy rain and wind, 16 boats full of anglers headed out recently to take part in Nova Southeastern University’s 2015 Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament.
The tournament began with the Kick-off Party and Captain’s Meeting on Friday, February 27 at the NSU Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research that featured live music, tours of the center and silent auctions. The fishing tournament, weigh-in and an Awards Reception were held Saturday, February 28 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Eleven sailfish were released.
The tournament is presented in partnership with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. MIASF membership director Sean Smith played a key role in helping get boat builders involved with the tournament.
All proceeds from the tournament fund scholarships for students at NSU’s Oceanographic Center for studies on fisheries, coral reefs, and the marine ecosystems at local, national, and international levels. This year’s scholarship recipient, Ph.D. student Matt Johnston, will be researching the spread of marine invasive species in the Caribbean basin. The work has already yielded fundamental insight into the voracious spread of lionfish through this delicate ecosystem.
According to the Miami Herald, Advanced Roofing, skippered by Jeff Scott, won top boat honors, releasing three sailfish worth $3,000. Sandbob was runner-up with two sailfish releases good for $1,500, edging third-place Reel Stubborn — also with two releases — on time, the Herald reported. Reel Stubborn’s Lacy Ingram was top angler, releasing both of his team’s fish. The crews of Advanced Roofing and Sandbob gave their winnings back to the NSU scholarship fund. Master Plan won the funfish division, weighing a wahoo and dolphin totaling 28.2 pounds, and Brian Bray on Monster caught the largest dolphin at 22.6 pounds, the Herald reported.