For Immediate Release – June 11, 2010
BIG OH DOES IT AGAIN AT THE INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH SHOOTOUT
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, June 6th, 2010 – The
International Billfish Shootout now at its new home in Cap Cana, Dominican
Republic, celebrated its 16th edition after having held the previous 15 in La
Guaira, Venezuela. Cap
The ultimate winners fishing aboard Big Oh, from Jupiter, Florida with Captain Ronnie Fields jumped out to a narrow early lead on day one releasing five white marlin for a total of 1,050 points while Black Gold from Boca Raton, Florida, guided by Captain Keith Bokenhagen and Dominican Republic’s Caramba, with Captain Victor Caldwell at the helm were right on their heals each with 930 points.
On day two, Big Oh immediately widened their lead earning extra points by releasing a blue marlin right after lines in, while Black Gold and Caramba responded with two white marlin each in the morning hours. However, in the afternoon Big Oh continued to widen the lead with an additional four whites including a double header, while Black Gold released another two whites and Caramba released one white marlin the latter two finishing the day with a larger deficit than the previous day.
After the lay-day came the third and final day with the
stage set for a dramatic finish and that’s just what ensued. Black Gold started out strong releasing four white marlin by 10:25am and taking a 210 point lead
over Big Oh on the scoreboard, but at 11:02am Big Oh responded with extra
points as a result of a blue marlin release taking back the lead. In the meantime another battle for third
place began to unfold between Caramba and Peje of San
Congratulations go to anglers Gray Ingram, Ben Horning,
Jorge Muro and Dave Fields aboard Big Oh, anglers
Harry Sargeant, Matt Melchiore
and Mike McCarthy aboard Black Gold as well as anglers
In the individual angler category it was Peje’s
When all was said and done a total of 74 white marlin and 17 blue marlin were released during the three days of fishing for a grand total of 91 billfish releases.
A very special thanks go out to Cap Cana and their entire Marina, Promotions and Public Relations staffs without whom this fun filled event would not have been possible, along with sponsors Brugal Rum, Presidente Beer, Alaska spring water and ice, Villas Marina at Cap Cana, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), Scotia Bank, Mustad Latin America, Bluefin/Alutecnos, Shimano, Blue Water Botherhood and Mauii Jim Sunglasses.
Part of the proceeds from Shootout 2010 will be donated to
Reel Life Adventures who are conducting important selfless charity work with
underprivileged Dominican children. Last
but not least, Shootout 2010 was the first of three legs of the famed Spanish
Main Caribbean Series and coincidentally, the three top Shootout boats were competing
in the series at the same time as they were doing so in the Shootout. Next leg of the SMS is set for August during
the “Boy Scout” Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament in