Lo Que Sea Wins 2016 Custom Shootout

Grand slams pay big dividends for the top teams in the Bahamas

Abaco Beach Resort Custom Shootout boat parade 2016
The boats line up to return to Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas during the 2016 Custom Shootout.© Debra Todd Photography

Capt. Kevin Paul with anglers Tony Huerta and Hans Kraaz released a grand slam on Lo Que Sea, including two white marlin, one blue marlin and one sailfish, during the first day of the Custom Shootout and never looked back. The team went on to release another two whites, a blue marlin and a sailfish over the next two days to secure their victory with 1,900 points. Lo Que Sea is a 58-foot Paul Mann.

Lo Que Sea team winners of 2016 Custom Shootout
The Lo Que Sea team with their winning blue marlin flag proudly displayed.© Debra Todd Photography
Tony Huerta Top Angler 2016 Custom Shootout trophy
Tony Huerta from Lo Que Sea released two blue marlin and two white marlin to claim the Top Angler trophy.© Debra Todd Photography
Two Cats second place 2016 Custom Shootout grand slam
Two Cats finished in second place in the tournament. They also scored a rare grand slam.© Debra Todd Photography

Hot on their heels was the crew aboard Two Cats, a 60-foot Spencer with Capt. Nate Benz, Doug Fabick, Jim McGrath and Mark Donahue. They also scored bonus points from a Day One grand slam and tallied a total of two blue marlin, three sailfish and four whites for the tournament. They finished a close second at 1,850 points.

Bear Trap third place overall 2016 Custom Shootout
Bear Trap finished in third place overall.© Debra Todd Photography

Capt. Ed Dwyer and Bear Trap rallied for third place, releasing five white marlin the first day of fishing and five more on the third and final day for a total of 1,650 points. This year, the 54 teams fishing the Custom Shootout released 34 blue marlin, 110 white marlin and 32 sailfish in three days of fishing.

Bree big marlin release Custom Shootout Abaco Bahamas
Bree had a very large blue marlin at 128 inches, which they released in the final moments of the tournament.© Debra Todd Photography
Bree big marlin release Custom Shootout Abaco Bahamas
Bree's big marlin comes to the boat.© Debra Todd Photography
Bree big marlin release Custom Shootout Abaco Bahamas
The Bree deckhands revive their big fish at the boat.© Debra Todd Photography
Bree big marlin release Custom Shootout Abaco Bahamas
This big marlin, 128 inches in length, was released to fight again another day.© Debra Todd Photography