Going into the second-to-last day, the leaderboard showed the competition was still very close, and the Firestein team was in the lead by a mere 50 points. The U.S. team from the Pajaro Valley Fishing Club—Rocky Franich, Bill Evans, Tony Campos, Steven Kegley, and the famous lure-maker Joe Yee—had an incredible day. Fishing on the 37-foot Merritt, Benchmark, with Capt. Chris Donato, they tagged and released four blue marlin and a spearfish, putting themselves right up among the leaders. Franich has fished in the HIBT an incredible 57 times, and the 92-year-old Yee also still competes.