Emerging victorious was the Living Easy team from Aruba. Led by owner Herbert Merryweather, the team, fishing aboard a 37-foot Bertram, released three blue marlin on the first day of competition and never looked back. On Day Two they were unable to connect with a fourth blue marlin but did release a white marlin first thing in the morning to also win the release division for that species. "Knowing that it would be a very competitive tournament this year, we were happy to have a strong start," Merryweather reports. "With three on the first day we weren't sure if it would be enough. The second day felt like it was 36 hours long!"