In the world of high-stakes tournament fishing, it's important but not essential that a team get off to a strong start. In the 2017 Bermuda Billfish Blast, Capt. James Barnes and the Reel Lax team had only a single release – a spearfish worth just 100 points – on the first day of the tournament. They rebounded nicely on the second day though, with three blue marlin and two white marlin to vault into the lead. And while they wouldn't release a billfish on Day Three, their 2,100 points would be enough to earn them first place and $170,400, a tournament record first-place cash award.Reel Lax owner Lester Petracca, mates Michael Mason and Simon Carosi and anglers Chris Petracca, Danny Fox and Hamish Burns also earned an invitation to participate in the 2018 Offshore World Championship. The Reel Lax is a 61-foot Garlington.