Brooks Smith, Capt. Tommy Lynskey and the Uno Mas team released 11 white marlin, six sailfish and one blue marlin to win the 2016 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, taking home $144,665 in prize money. Smith was also the top angler of the tournament. “There’s just something special about this place. We’re very comfortable here,” Lynskey explained. “When you’re going against the best in the world, it’s good to come in here and beat ’em.” Uno Mas is a 68 Bayliss.
Rigged Up, a classic 54 Omie Tillet with Capt. Charles Haywood at the helm, came in second with 16 sailfish released, good for $114,965. Capt. Daniel Spencer led Bullwinkle, a 57 Spencer, to the third-place finish with nine white marlin and seven sailfish released. There were no qualifying blue marlin boated, so all billfish prizes were awarded based on released fish. This year’s Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament hosted 72 boats and 464 anglers, competing for a total prize purse of $612,000. The teams released 520 billfish: 277 sailfish, 203 white marlin and 40 blue marlin.