The winning team from the 2016 Sailfish Challenge, Jichi, emerged victorious with 18 releases and earned a $163,000 payout. Capt. Gene Lebron's team is a favorite for the 2017 edition, which starts February 22, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That isn't Jichi's only title to defend, either. The team followed the Sailfish Challenge victory with 25 releases and a win in the inaugural two-day Sailfish Shootout Title in Miami, Florida. The team's success dates back to 2013, when it won the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship, and Jichi finished runner-up in the 2014 Silver Sailfish Derby.