Wave Paver Wins Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament

Beautiful weather and good fishing highlight the event

2017 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament wave paver first place team
Jr. Davis and the Wave Paver team, first place in the tournament and also first place in the Abaco Diamond Series.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography

Beautiful weather greeted the 21-boat fleet that gathered at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina for the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, the final leg of the Abaco Diamond Series and home to some of the best marlin fishing in the Bahamas. The competition turned out to be incredibly tight, with Capt. Sean Young on Committed leading his team to two blue marlin releases for the daily award on Day One, on a day where the fleet released seven blue marlin and one sailfish.

Day Two belonged to Jr. Davis' Wave Paver though. The team, fishing aboard the beautiful 61-foot Garlington captained by Russell Sinclair, released three blue marlin to take a commanding lead. For the day, there were another 10 blues, one white and two sailfish released.

2017 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament miss victoria second place team
Three blue marlin and one white marlin put Miss Victoria into second place overall.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography

A final blue marlin on the third day of fishing would seal the deal for Wave Paver, leaving the rest of the fleet fishing for second place. Owner Jr. Davis was the event's top angler as well. Capt. Brian Speedy and Miss Victoria, a 76-foot Viking, took home second place with three blue marlin and one white marlin. Third place went to owner Brooks Smith and Capt. Tommy Lynskey on Uno Mas with three blue marlin, caught on their 68-foot Bayliss.

Wave Paver also won the Abaco Diamond Series, thanks to a first-place finish in the White Marlin Roundup, a second place in The Shootout and the win in the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament. In addition to their winnings, they received four diamond-studded championship rings for the honor.

2017 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament uno mas third place team
Uno Mas, third place overall.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2017 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament manna ray top wahoo
Manna Ray had the event's top wahoo at 59.1 pounds.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography
2017 Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament top junior angler
Fishing's next generation, hanging out with tournament director Capt. Skip Smith.Courtesy Debra Todd Photography