Manteo, NC (Sept. 14, 2013) - The Oregon Inlet Billfish RoundUp may be the smallest billfish tournament on the circuit but it boasts probably the best fishing on the East Coast. With four boats entered for the 2nd Annual event, scoring after two days revealed an average of more than 11 white marlin releases per boat, per day!
"This tournament is primed to be one of the hottest in North Carolina's billfish release competitions," says Tournament Director Heather Maxwell. "The fishing can't be beat and the event is just old style — good food, great camaraderie, glad you are here. When we start growing, watch out!"
Format changes for the 2013 event included a "mulligan rule" where participants fished three days and entered only two for official scoring. The rule was well received by the participants and allowed the Top Boat, Capt. Jessie Granitski on Bi Op Sea, to throw out a score of 8 white marlin releases on the second day of fishing in favor of 22 whites on the final day.
The 2nd Annual Oregon Inlet Billfish RoundUp paid out 100 percent of the entry fees in a $17,500 purse, released 83 whites and 1 blue and raised over $11,000 for local charities. For more information, contact the OIBR at 252-305-3610 or visit www.fishoregoninlet.com.
Top Boat - Bi Op Sea, Capt Jessie Granitiski, 32 WM 1 BM, 3375 Pts
2nd Place - Sea Hag, Capt Randy Graham, 23 WM, 2300 Pts
3rd Place - Shark Byte, Capt Rich Barrett, 16 WM, 1600 Pts
4th Place - A Salt Weapon, Capt Dennis Endee, 12 WM , 1200 Pts
Top Angler - Pete Cherasia, Shark Byte, 600 Pts
Top Lady - Robbi Viviero, Bi Op Sea, 100 Pts