The popular Custom Shootout triumphantly returned to the beautifully rebuilt and fully remodeled Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina May 12-15, 2021, with 51 registered custom boats and a perfect weather forecast for the participants.
On Day One, the 61-foot B&D Turn It Blue released two blue marlin and a sailfish to tally 1,300 points and the clubhouse lead, although the 64-foot Jarrett Bay Builder’s Choice was right behind them with one blue marlin and one sailfish release and 700 points. The fleet released eight blue marlin, eight white marlin and 14 sailfish for the day.
Day Two belonged to Jr. Davis’ Wave Paver, a 77-foot Bayliss. They scored one blue marlin, three white marlin and a sailfish, earning additional points for the grand slam—enough to move into first place. Bobby Jacobsen’s Marlin Darlin, a 66-foot Spencer, released a blue and two whites for 900 points, and Kickin’ Tires also slammed out as the fishing seemed to improve.]
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For the third and final day, El Cazador, an 85-foot Scarborough, released two blue marlin to take home the daily, while Marlin Darlin had a grand slam, enough to move them into first place for the tournament with a total of 2,200 points in a come-from-behind victory. For their efforts, the team won $192,630; Capt. Chris Kaulen was named Top Captain. El Cazador won $189,550 for second place overall, and Wave Paver earned $67,150 for placing third, including the Day One daily. The top angler of the tournament was Frank Villasante on Temptress, who released two blue marlin, one white and one sailfish.
This article was originally published in the August/September issue of Marlin.