Mucho Mas Tops Bastante Tournament

One blue marlin and five sailfish lead to victory

2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Mucho Mas first place
With a blue marlin and five sailfish releases, the Mucho Mas team topped the field at this year's Bastante tournament.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography

The Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament is held in Rockport, Texas each year to celebrate the life of Capt. Johnny Uhr, who was well known in the sport-fishing community around the world. Uhr passed away after a battle with cancer in 2010. His son Jackson Uhr continues with the family’s fishing legacy as part of the tournament each year — he is the designated check holder in the photos.

The Mucho Mas team won the fifth annual event this year, releasing a blue marlin and five sailfish. Uno Mas placed second with one blue marlin and two sailfish released, while High Noon was third with a blue and a white marlin, both released. The tournament benefits many local charities, including the American Cancer Society, the Rockport-Fulton Humane Society, the June Project, Rockport Aquarium and Coastal Bend Troop Support.

2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Uno Mas second place
Uno Mas comes to the dock to offload their game fish.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Uno Mas second place awards
Uno Mas finished in second with one blue marlin and two sails released.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament High Noon awards
A blue and a white marlin released meant a third place finish for High Noon. They also had the second-place mahimahi.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Game Hog awards
Game Hog weighed the first-place mahimahi and also the first-place tuna in the tournament.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Game Hog
The Game Hog team shows off their catch.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Tami Noling tournament director
Tournament director Tami Noling shows off the tournament shirts and banners.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Paradise Ranch awards
Paradise Ranch had the top wahoo.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament Paradise Ranch
Paradise Ranch weighs in during the event.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament kids with wahoo
Always nice to see the next generation of anglers and captains having fun during tournaments like the Bastante.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography
2016 Bastante John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament trophies
The event's cool custom trophies and plaques.Courtesy Larry Doonan Photography