Haulin’ Grass Wins Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament

Two blues and one white marlin lead to victory for the team

2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament Haulin Grass first place team
The Haulin' Grass team celebrates once their victory was announced.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament

The Haulin' Grass team of Capt. Brian Turner, Ryan Farner, Tim Deal, Jeremy Taylor, Todd Borden and Tyler Levesque won the Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament, the second leg of the West Coast Triple Crown Series. The team released a doubleheader of blue marlin along with a white marlin for the win in the tournament. The marlin were caught well off the edge of the depth contour in over 10,000 feet of water southwest of Tampa Bay, while the white marlin was released south of an area known as The Steps.

Capt. Ken Cummins landed in second place with his Hooker team. They also had a pair of blue marlin and were able to add a sailfish to their release totals. Capt. Carl Muscalino and the Southpaw team slid into third place with one blue marlin and one white marlin released. The Southpaw team also weighed the event's largest tuna, a 125.36-pound yellowfin.

The Haulin' Grass team is currently in second place in the Florida West Coast Triple Crown, a three tournament series that offers a $50,000 winner take all cash prize to the team amassing the most points in the events. Southpaw leads the series with 1,852 points; Haulin' Grass is second with 1,352 points and No Limit third with 1,202 points. The Series Champion will be determined at the third and final leg, the 44th Annual LOOP Tournament, which takes place Aug. 23-27, 2016.

2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament Hooker Ken Cummins
Ken Cummins and the Hooker team had a great tournament, finishing in second place.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament
2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament Southpaw yellowfin tuna
Southpaw placed third and also scored the event's largest yellowfin tuna.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament
2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament Haulin Grass Yellowfin
Haulin' Grass, a 42-foot Yellowfin, comes to the scales.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament
2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament first marlin swim
Catch your first blue marlin and you go for a swim, as this angler from No Limit is finding out.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament
2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament escolar
Hooker also caught an escolar while fishing for swordfish.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament
2016 Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament trophies
The tournament's trophies, ready for presentation at the awards.Courtesy Crosthwait Extreme Billfish Tournament