TournamentsYou Never Know is Top Billfish Boat at Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
You Never Know is Top Billfish Boat at Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
The team also won First Place Release Team and Top Lady Angler honors in the event
June 9, 2016
You Never Know swept the categories for Top Billfish Boat, Top Lady Angler and Top Release Team in the tournament.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
The 2016 Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic hosted a fleet of 45 participating boats, fishing out of Venice, Louisiana and vying for their share of nearly $658,000 in cash and prizes.
The action started early, with Wild Hooker and Click Through both calling in blue marlin at 116 inches in length (measured from the fork in the tail to the tip of the lower jaw) on the first day of fishing. Click Through, with owner Keith English, Capt. Matt Mauldwin and angler Lopaka Robello, weighed in first. Their marlin hit the scales at 672.2 pounds for the crew aboard their 68-foot Wanchese. It would be worth $122,400 as the largest blue marlin of the tournament.
A few hours later, Wild Hooker arrived at the marina and weighed their 635.1-pound blue, good enough for a second-place finish for owner Allen Stuart, angler Guy Arrington and Capt. Shane O’Brien.
Next up would be a surprise: Bimini Babe, a 74-foot Viking owned by Floyd “Babe” Appling and captained by Lee Weidner, scaled at 541-pound bluefin tuna for angler Trey Thormahlen. The team chose to burn over 600 gallons of fuel and lose nine hours of fishing time to weigh the beautiful tuna.
The following day, Capt. Pat Ivie, owner Matt McDonald and angler Rick Olsen aboard the 68-foot Viking Breathe Easy weighed a 392.3-pound blue marlin, large enough to hold up for third place.
In the Release Division, it would be You Never Know topping the fleet with two blue marlin caught on the first day of the event by Sydney Turner, who also captured top honors in the Lady Angler category. You Never Know was named the Top Billfish Boat of the tournament. Second place went to Done Deal based on time of release with two blue marlin, while Born2Run was third, also with two blues released. For the tournament, the fleet released a total of 16 blue marlin and six white marlin. The event hosted a silent auction to benefit The Billfish Foundation and raised $7,290 for TBF’s conservation work in the Gulf of Mexico.
Click Through prepares to offload their blue marlin at the docks in Venice.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
The Click Through team with their 672.2-pound blue marlin, worth over $122,400 in cash.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Keith English, Capt. Matt Mauldwin and the Click Through team accepted their prizes for landing the heaviest blue marlin of the tournament.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Wild Hooker arrived at the scales in Venice with a big blue aboard.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
The Wild Hooker team landed a 635.1-pound blue to earn second place in the 2016 Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Matt McDonald’s Breathe Easy brought in a nice blue on the final day.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Breathe Easy’s fish weighed 392.3 pounds and secured third place in the big-fish division for the team.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Rick Olsen took a swim at the dock, courtesy of his teammates on Breathe Easy.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
It’s not a blue marlin but a bluefin tuna for Bimini Babe.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic Bimini Babe bluefin tuna
Floyd “Babe” Appling’s Bimini Babe team scaled at 541-pound bluefin tuna. While it wasn’t an eligible tournament species, they made the right call to weigh the fish.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
You Never Know took home a slew of prizes as well as cash for their win as Top Release Team.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Laurie McVay Jones, fishing with Capt. Scooter Porto and owner Rocky Jones on Reel Addiction, landed the biggest tuna of the tournament at 165.3 pounds. It was worth $17,100 in prize money.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Larry Wireman caught the tournament’s largest mahimahi at 30.9 pounds, fishing on Carib with Capt. Luke Crenshaw.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
The largest wahoo, 65.7 pounds, was boated by Ryan Brock, fishing on Triple C with Capt. Marlin Brown.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic
Jaselyn Berthelot was the Top Youth Angler, releasing her first billfish, a blue marlin, and weighing in a 103-pound yellowfin tuna, a 37-pound yellowfin tuna and a 24.5-pound mahimahi on Rising Son.Courtesy Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic Jaselyn Berthelot Top Youth Angler