Doing It All did just enough to win the 11th annual Palm Beach Sailfish Classic.
Capt. Mark Lamb’s team caught and released 22 sailfish, all on live bait, for 4,400 points in the tournament, held November 19-20. That includes a Day Two performance of 14 releases, taking the daily prize.
Martha D, captained by Scott Fawcett, finished with 14 releases on dead bait, good for 4,200 points and second place. Capt. J.C. Cleare’s team aboard Hellreyzer released 14 sails, all on live bait, for 2,800 points and third place. Releases using live bait earned 200 points and releases on dead bait earned 300 points.
The two-day event included 124 sailfish and one blue marlin released by the 16-boat fleet.
The team aboard Vintage took the Day One daily prize with six sailfish, all on dead bait, to give them an early lead of 1,800 points. Martha D also had 1,800 points, including catching a blue marlin, but Vintage beat them on time. The crew aboard Doing It All finished Day One with eight releases on live bait, landing the crew in third place with 1,600 points. When the winds picked up on Day Two, the Doing It All team made the most of it — as did the rest of the fleet, which released 71 sailfish on the tournament’s second day alone.
Eric Perna, a 16-year-old angler, took not only top junior angler but also top overall angler with seven sailfish releases. Top Lady Angler was Reel Captivating‘s Mary Rose Boblin, who had four releases.