Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Win Goes to Jichi

The inaugural tournament coincides with a hot blue marlin bite in the Caribbean

When the fishing off the British Virgin Islands gets good, it can be really good. Luis Isaias and the Jichi team hit the motherlode during the inaugural Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational, releasing eight blues in three days, including six in just one day of fishing.

With the typical trade winds blowing and a fleet of boats and teams that all had won tournaments before, it was not long before the boats started to call in their hookups. On Day One, Grander had the hot hand, releasing three blue marlin for angler Curt Richardson. Marlin Darlin, Hit 'n Run, Indigo and Auspicious each had two blues released to stay in the hunt.

Day Two found the fleet fishing off the island of Anegada, where Capt. Gene Lebron and Jichi were in the bite. They released six blues to move out front, while Never Say Never had three. Predator, Committed and Hit 'n Run each had two additional blue marlin releases.

Predator, with Capt. Juan Carlos Torruella, caught four blues on the final day as many other boats scored releases. In the end, it would be Jichi on top with eight blue marlin releases. The top angler was owner Luis Isaias, who received a beautiful Kent Ullberg sculpture. Hit 'n Run was second with seven blue marlin releases, and Predator finished third, also with seven blues. The top lady angler for the event was Prime Time's Lisa Evans — Prime Time also weighed a 58-pound wahoo to win that division as well. Over $162,000 in cash and prizes was awarded during the tournament, where 14 teams released a total of 64 blue marlin in three days.

2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Jichi Luis Isaias first place team
Capt. Gene Lebron, Luis Isaias and the Jichi team, victorious at Scrub Island.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Jichi six blue marlin flags
Jichi had the hot hand on Day Two with six blue marlin releases.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Hit 'n Run second place
Hit 'n Run finished in second place with seven blue marlin releases in three days.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Predator third place
Predator, captained by Juan Carlos Torruella, finished in third place.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Luis Isaias top angler
Luis Isaias (center) was the event's top angler.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Never Say Never
Never Say Never had a great tournament and took home some cash in the optional jackpots.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Prime Time
Prime Time landed the tournament's largest wahoo at 58 pounds.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Prime Time Lisa Evans top lady angler
Lisa Evans from Prime Time was the tournament's top lady angler.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational British Virgin Islands boat trolling for marlin
The British Virgin Islands are an unbelievably scenic Caribbean fishing destination.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Ruckus team blue marlin flags
The boys on Ruckus had a good day with three blues released.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Never Say Never blue marlin flags
Never Say Never shows off their release flags after a day of blue marlin fishing off the island of Anegada.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Hit 'n Run
Hit 'n Run's washdown team hard at work at the end of the day.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Grander
Grander was in the blue marlin bite throughout the event.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2016 Scrub Island Blue Marlin Invitational Scrub Island Resort British Virgin Islands
Scrub Island Resort proved to be an incomparable host for this year's tournament.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography