On the Docks at the 2017 Custom Shootout

Sights from the largest-ever Custom Shootout in the Abacos

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The fleet of custom sport-fishing boats on the main dock in front of all of the tournament festivities at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina.Andrew Cox
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The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina was a fantastic host for the 2017 Custom Shootout, and it is quite beautiful from high in the sky.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
Custom Shootout 2017
Grand Slam trolls past after releasing a doubleheader of blue marlin, the fish that gave them an early lead in the tournament.Andrew Cox
Custom Shootout 2017
Freyja, the new 64-foot F&S, departs from the marina.Andrew Cox
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John Lee, the owner of Committed, fights the first blue marlin of the tournament for the team aboard the 58-foot Merritt.Andrew Cox
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Bree, an 86-foot Merritt, searches for their next bite. They released a blue marlin on the final day.Andrew Cox
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A 250-pound blue marlin greyhounding across the surface just seconds after being hooked by the team aboard Committed.Andrew Cox
Custom Shootout 2017
One of the two blue marlin aboard Committed on Day One of the Custom Shootout.Andrew Cox
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A blue doing marlin its thing.Andrew Cox
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Gratitude took the daily on Day One with a grand slam.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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It's tradition, you get wet for your first billfish.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Adrian Gray was this year's featured artist and he put some finishing touches on his painting during the tournament.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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A beautiful sunrise on the tournament fleet as they head south to the fishing grounds off Cherokee in the Bahamas.Andrew Cox
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Grand Slam releases a white marlin on Day Two, an essential part of their grand slam that earned them a 400-point bonus.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Grand Slam tallied a grand slam on Day Two that launched them into first place. And while they went without a release on the final day, Wallis Higginbotham and his crew held on to claim first place in the Custom Shootout.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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John Vance (left) of Jim Smith Tournament Boats and his wife enjoy some quality time with Robin and Paul Mann (right) after the boats returned from a day of fishing offshore.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Skip Smith and Paul Spencer enjoy some laughs during Boatbuilder night.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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The sun rises on the tournament fleet at the Abaco Beach Resort.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Reel Joy heads south from the marina on Day Three.Andrew Cox
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Mama Who, a 77-foot Jarrett Bay, is ready for the final day of the Custom Shootout.Andrew Cox
Custom Shootout 2017
Bear Trap, a 66-foot Spencer, heads out to the fishing grounds on the final day of the Custom Shootout. They finished the tournament with two blue marlin releases.Andrew Cox
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It's always a good time on Hit'n Run, a 68-foot F&S.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Blank Check, a 64-foot Bayliss, and its mothership, Carte Blanche, sitting pretty at the dock at Boat Harbour Marina.Andrew Cox
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One of the two white marlin released aboard Committed on Day Three.Andrew Cox
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The team aboard Gina Lisa finished in second place overall with a total of three blue marlin and four white marlin releases.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Jr. Davis and his crew aboard Wave Paver took home the daily on Day Two with one white marlin and three blue marlin releases. John Bayliss (right) joined the team during the Custom Shootout.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
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Two helicopters were on hand during the tournament to do whatever it took to get the perfect shot of these custom sport-fishing boats running and fishing in the beautiful Bahamian water.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography