AD/HD Wins IBT in San Juan

Florida team emerges victorious in Puerto Rico

2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan AD/HD first place team
With five blue marlin releases, the AD/HD team emerged victorious in this year's event.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan

The AD/HD team, led by Harris Lamont, bested the international fleet of 47 participating boats in this year's International Billfish Tournament of Club Nautico de San Juan. The team released five blue marlin on 30-pound-test tackle during the four days of fishing, with three of those releases coming on the first day of competition.

2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Sea Dream
The crew aboard Sea Dream came on strong with three blue marlin released on the final day to finish second with five total releases.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan

Sea Dream, a local Puerto Rico entry, nearly spoiled AD/HD's victory though. They scored five blue marlin releases on 30-pound gear in the tournament, falling just short based on time. Sea Dream scored three blues on the fourth and final day of fishing. The Panama Jack team landed in third place with three blue marlin releases on 30-pound-test. Harris Lamont from AD/HD was the event's top angler with three blue marlin releases.

Tournament director Sal Egea, Jr. says, “This year’s event featured great participation and camaraderie by all the anglers, plus some great action from the blue marlin. It was a lot of fun to share the week with so many passionate anglers and friends of Puerto Rico that came from different parts of the world. We worked hard to make sure everyone had a great time, and I think we succeeded!” For the tournament there were 58 blue marlin let go by 194 anglers aboard 47 vessels.

2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Harry Lamont
Harris Lamont (second from right) accepted the event's perpetual trophy as the top angler.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Sea Dream
All smiles with five blues and a second place finish is the Sea Dream team.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Panama Jack third place Sal Egea
Sal Egea's Panama Jack scored three blue marlin releases to finish third in the overall standings.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Panama Jack
The Panama Jack team won the daily prize on the second day with two blue marlin releases.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan shotgun start
The tournament's shotgun start is a sight to behold, especially from a circling helicopter.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan shotgun start ladies
The ladies of the tournament had a great vantage point of the shotgun start at Fort Morro.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Predator
Predator hammers down for the fishing grounds.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan B-Way running
The 64-foot Spencer B-Way heads for the deep.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan AD/HD running
AD/HD shows her stuff on the way offshore.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Medalla beer girls
The ladies from Coca-Cola, Medalla beer and Don Q rum kept everyone in good spirits on the docks.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan
Occasionally a blue marlin will win the fight, as this angler discovered.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Wade Boggs
Major league Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and his wife attended this year's tournament in San Juan.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Triple Tail
Triple Tail backs down on a blue marlin in big seas.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Mark Wodlinger
Mark Wodlinger on AD/HD fights his blue marlin on the first day of the tournament.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan lay day pig roast
The lay day featured a terrific beach party and pig roast for the participants.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Bolita Rene LeFranc
Rene LeFranc battles a stubborn blue marlin aboard Jaime Fullana's 74-foot Davis, Bolita. LeFranc ultimately lost the battle after the fish broke off on 50-pound-test after over two hours.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan
2016 International Billfish Tournament Club Nautico de San Juan Carey Chen art
The tournament's artist, Carey Chen, completes a piece that was presented to the first-place team.Courtesy Mark Smested / 63 IBT San Juan