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Blackhawk Tops Casa de Campo Open

A strong start leads to a big win

May 21, 2020
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Team Blackhawk at the Casa de Campo fishing tournament.
A total of five blue marlin releases meant a win for Blackhawk. Courtesy Fly Zone Fishing

With four blue marlin releases on the first day of fishing, the team aboard Blackhawk, a 76-foot Viking, needed just one additional fish to emerge victorious in the fourth-annual Casa de Campo Open in the Dominican Republic.

Mama Who, a 77-foot Jarrett Bay, also released five blues overall to place second on time. Princess Lily, a 66-foot Viking, released four blues to land in third place. Dawn Samuels on Princess Lily was the Top Lady Angler, boating a 130-pound yellowfin tuna to also win the top ­gamefish prize. During the tournament, Samuels was able to tag her 100th blue marlin with a TBF spaghetti tag.

Mama Who was on fire the second day,” says tournament director Robert “Fly” Navarro. “They went 5-for-7 and were a consistent threat all day long. But Blackhawk was able to release their final fish first to earn the win.”

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Navarro says the weather and ­fishing conditions were very good and the bite was on. “The boats averaged between four and eight blue marlin bites during the two days,” he says. “Everyone had a great time, and we made sure to emphasize the ­positive benefits of tournament fishing.”


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