Great Fishing and Big Blues in Bermuda Big Game Classic

Seamaster wins the tournament while Triple Play lands the largest blue marlin

2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic Seamaster first place team
The Seamaster team accepts their awards for first place in the Bermuda Big Game Classic.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic

With great weather and terrific fishing in the forecast, the participating fleet of 36 boats looked forward to this year's Bermuda Big Game Classic. After the first day of fishing, the anticipation would grow even higher as 18 blue marlin and three white marlin were released. Two blues came to the scales: Big Deal weighed a 520-pound fish for owner Ed Russo and Capt. Brian Rabbit, and Pink Impression's angler Tony Cabral scaled a 703-pounder for owner Paul Rodrigues.

Fishing picked up on Day Two with 30 blue marlin and three white marlin releases, and two additional fish coming to the dock. Seamaster released three blues to move into the lead while several other teams also made big moves up the leaderboard with released blue marlin.

On the third and final day, several teams found excellent action offshore. Triple Play boated a massive blue that weighed 934 pounds for junior angler Jacob Estis, which would prove to be not only the largest of the tournament but also a possible IGFA junior angler world record. Seamaster won this year's Bermuda Big Game Classic with five blue marlin and one white marlin, all released, for owner Dan Devine, Capt. Nick Venture and local deckhand Dan Lee. In addition to their cash and prizes, the team also received an invitation to compete in the Offshore World Championship in 2017.

Big Deal was second with three blues released and their 520-pounder weighed. They also repeated as Marlin Magazine's Manufacturer's Cup winner for Spencer Yachts, worth an additional $10,000 in winnings. Overproof finished in third place with four blue marlin releases. Overproof's angler, Jason Friedman, was also the high point angler for the tournament with 2,000 points and four blues released. This year's Bermuda Big Game Classic awarded over $350,000 in cash and prizes.

2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic Triple Play largest blue marlin
With the largest blue marlin of the tournament, Triple Play had another great tournament this year.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic Triple Play biggest blue marlin Jacob Estis
Triple Play's 934-pound blue marlin was not only the largest of the tournament but also represents a pending junior angler world record for Jacob Estis.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic Big Deal second place team
With three blue marlin released and a 520-pound fish weighed, Big Deal finished second.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic Overproof third place team
Overproof was third in the Classic with four blue marlin releases, all by angler Jason Friedman.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic fleet lines up
The Bermuda Big Game Classic fleet heads to sea on Day One of the tournament.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic heavy tackle angling
Due to the overall large size of Bermuda's blue marlin, heavy tackle is the norm rather than the exception.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic blue marlin leader
A blue marlin on the leader, almost ready for release.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic boat running offshore
This year's event featured great weather and calm seas for the participating boats.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic boats
Thanks to beautiful scenery and outstanding marlin fishing, Bermuda remains one of the world's finest destinations.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic
2016 Bermuda Big Game Classic prizes and trophies
Just some of the prizes for the winning teams in the Bermuda Big Game Classic.Courtesy Bermuda Big Game Classic