Right after we shipped the March issue of Marlin I hopped in my truck and shot down to the beautiful Ocean Reef Club near Key Largo, Florida, to attend the final day of the prestigious Reef Cup. I arrived just in time on Friday night for the highly anticipated "Surf and Turf" meal before crews headed out the next morning for the final day of fishing. The next morning, I met up with the crew aboard the Spencer BAR South, which included Rob Gothier Jr., owner of BAR South, Jamie Bunn, tournament director of the Quest for the Crest tournament series, and Marc Granet, the driver of the Miss GEICO. The crew only released a single sailfish on each of their first two fishing days in the tournament so they had a high hopes for their final day so they could make a move on the leader board. They did just that by finishing strong with five sailfish on the final day, good enough for the daily.
The crew aboard Seraphim took first place with a total of nine sailfish. The team on Lights Out took second place with eight releases and edged out Team Sharky's Revenge/Kahuna's eight sailfish on time.
Enjoy the gallery below to see some of the action aboard BAR South as well as some of the festivities back at the docks on the final day of the fantastic tournament.