Viking Yachts Free Spool on Top at Production vs. Custom Shootout

Leg Two of the 2018 Abaco Diamond Series wraps up in Boat Harbour, Bahamas

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Viking Yachts Free Spool brings home first-place honors for the production manufacturers in this year's battle.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout

Capt. Ricky Spikes and the team on the 62-foot Viking Yachts Free Spool released six blue marlin in the three-day tournament to bring home more than $105,000 and the perpetual trophy in this year's Custom vs. Production Shootout in the Bahamas.

Spikes’ team started their tournament out right by releasing three blues to win the daily money as the top boat on Day One. Still productive on Day Two, with one blue released, the team came out swinging, determined to put the other competitors on the defense. Day Three resulted in the team’s second daily of the tournament, releasing another two blue marlin to secure the top spot on the leaderboard.

In second place, the 61-foot Garlington Yacht, Reel Lax, came to the podium with a total of six billfish releases (three blues, one white and two sails), four of them credited to the tournament's top angler, Will Tomlinson. And in third, Brooks Smith's Uno Mas also made it to the stage for their six billfish releases, four of which were white marlin. The event's top female angler was Andrea Angel on the Bob-Along, who landed all three of the team's blue marlin.

A total of 87 billfish were released over the three-day period by a fleet of 30 participating teams.

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Reel Lax's second-place finish also gained them top angler for the tournament.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Uno Mas shows their success with a string of flags and a third-place finish.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Three Times L captain Gene Lebron inches closer to the release on this hot blue marlin.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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High fives all around for one of Blue Sky's five billfish releases.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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The ever-popular Paul Mann Custom Boats, Jichi scoots through the Sea of Abaco.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Capt. Ray Peterson tries to keep Notorious' white marlin out of the dredge.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Will Tomlinson accepts his award for top angler in the tournament: an engraved Shimano Tiagra 50-wide reel.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Lights Out owner, Bill Haugland steps back to get the verification picture of his white marlin on the leader.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Top Female Angler for the tournament, Andrea Angel, accepts the award with her team, Bob-Along.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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A huge 57.8-pound mahi for angler Kevin Davis on the Blackhawk.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Capt. James Putzig carefully backs up his 80-foot Viking, Game Changer for the next release.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout
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Perfect form on one of Free Spool's six blue marlin releases to win the tournament.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography/Production vs. Custom Shootout