New Orleans Invitational Win Goes to Wild Hooker

The popular event continues to support The Billfish Foundation’s conservation efforts

2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Wild Hooker first place team
The Wild Hooker team took home first place honors thanks to their three blue marlin, all tagged and released.Courtesy NOBGFC

The 44th anniversary of the New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament proved to be an exciting one for Allen Stuart and his Wild Hooker team. They made the most of their time at sea during the event, successfully tagging and releasing three blue marlin to nail down first place. In second was Lee LeBoeuf's Psyco Fin team. They had one blue marlin, two white marlin and a sailfish, all tagged and released. Third place fell to Jay Lauricella's Duke with a pair of blue marlin released. Lee LeBoeuf was awarded the Judge Leander Perez Cup, the tournament's most prestigious trophy, as the event's top angler. He released a blue marlin and two white marlin aboard Psyco Fin. Maddie Giambelluca was the top lady angler and Max Barberito was the top junior.

The participating boats found good fishing conditions approximately 54 miles from South Pass, Louisiana, during the tournament, where they collectively released 12 blue marlin, four white marlin and one sailfish. The New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club hosted a silent auction for The Billfish Foundation and also committed to sponsoring a satellite tag for TBF’s upcoming blue marlin satellite tagging project held at Port Eads later this summer.

2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Psyco Fin second place overall
Psyco Fin accepts their trophies for second place. They had one blue marlin, two white marlin and one sailfish released for the tournament.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Duke third place
With two blue marlin released, Duke narrowly missed second place and settled for third.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament
The Billfish Foundation was another big winner. The club's silent auction raised over $7,000 for their conservation efforts.Courtesy NOBGFC the billfish foundation TBF
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Lee LeBoeuf Leander Perez Trophy
Lee LeBoeuf (left) was awarded the Judge Leander Perez Cup as the top overall angler. The Perez cup is the most prestigious award of the tournament.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament top blue marlin angler
Chalyn Perez was the top blue marlin angler.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Maddie Giambelluca top lady angler
Maddie Giambelluca from Duke had a blue marlin tagged and released along with three nice yellowfin tuna caught to win the top lady angler category.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Max Barberito Top Junior Angler
Wild Hooker's Max Barberito released a blue marlin and caught a 99-pound yellowfin tuna for top junior angler honors.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Psyco Fin Port Eads Louisiana
Psyco Fin shows off the hardware after a great weekend of fishing out of Port Eads, Louisiana.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Judge Leander Perez Trophy
A closer look at the Judge Leander Perez Trophy.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Release Marine step box
Release Marine supplied the first-place prize, a beautiful new step box.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament trophies
The engraved glassware sets for the top teams were memorable trophies.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Conundrum top yellowfin tuna
Conundrum won the tuna division with a 147-pound yellowfin.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament largest wahoo Peyton Dufrene Miss Michele
Peyton Dufrene from Miss Michele landed the largest wahoo at 38 pounds.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament Conundrum largest mahimahi
Justin Haeuser from Conundrum also won first place in the mahimahi division.Courtesy NOBGFC
2016 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament club members
The hard-working members of the New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the tournament.Courtesy NOBGFC