4 Aces Wins Sailfish 400 Tournament

Strong Day One performance proves critical to the team’s victory

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Peter Adrian's 4 Aces team emerged victorious in the 2017 Sailfish 400, sweeping most of the awards.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com

Miami, Florida, hosted the Sailfish 400, the second leg of the popular Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, January 11 to 15, 2017. And while the fishing was slow by local standards, the participating fleet made the best of each bite, knowing a successful release could mean the difference in tens of thousands of dollars of prize money.

Peter Adrian's 4 Aces had a big day on the first day of the event, releasing eight sailfish aboard their 45-foot SeaHunter center console, powered by quad Yamaha outboards and captained by Joe Turner. With just one release on the second day of the tournament at 8:47 a.m., the team would be left sweating bullets throughout the day but their lead would be insurmountable in the end. Four of those releases were by Peter's son Christian Adrian, who was the event's top angler. They took home $50,000 for first place along with over $180,000 in calcutta jackpots.

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Seven sailfish releases led to a second-place finish for the OCD team.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com

The O.C.D. team placed second aboard their Viking yacht with seven sailfish releases by anglers John Harris, Carlos Carbonelo, CeCe Imbrie and Suzanne Adams, worth $18,000. Top Gun/No Limits finished in third place with six sailfish releases by Albert Miranda, Carlos Martinez, Daniel Perez (three on Day One and three on Day Two). De-bait-able and Double Diamond/Saltwater Brewery were fourth and fifth respectively, each with six releases. Only the time of last release separated third through eighth place. Stephanie Choate was the top lady angler with four sailfish releases on Miss Britt. For the tournament, there were 130 sailfish releases by 46 participating boats.

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The pre-dawn Miami skyline beckons the teams fishing the Sailfish 400.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
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The tournament drew a mix of center consoles and larger convertible boats.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
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Man-e-War gets a saltwater washdown at checkout.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
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Contender One departs from Miami Beach Marina.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
Sailfish 400 Miami 2017 De-Bait-Able
Live bait is key in the Miami sailfish fishery. De-Bait-Able is ready for the day's action.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
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The O.C.D team is all smiles with their second-place finish.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
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The 4 Aces team made the most of their bites and finished ahead of the pack.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
Sailfish 400 Miami 2017 Top Gun/No Limits
Top Gun/No Limits landed in third place overall.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
Sailfish 400 Miami 2017 Christian Adrian
With four of his team's nine sailfish releases, Christian Adrian was the tournament's top angler on 4 Aces.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com
Sailfish 400 Miami 2017 Stephanie Choate
Stephanie Choate added to her trophy collection with another top lady angler win, fishing with Capt. Ray Rosher on Miss Britt.Courtesy Endless Imagery / endlessimagery.com