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New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational Results

The final standings for the New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational (Friday-Sunday).

TOP BOAT

First: Grand Slam, 17 sailfish, Capt. John Lloyd

Second: Right Hook, 16 sailfish, Capt. Ray Gibson Third: Rough-N-It, 16 sailfish, Capt. Ed Nicolace Fourth: Outlaw, 14 sailfish, Capt. Neil Subin

The rest of the field:

Decoy, 8 sailfish and a 21.8 lbs. tuna, Capt. Scott Laney

J Hook, 12 sailfish, Capt. Mike Price

Boneshaker, 8 sailfish, Capt. Scott Farcett

Playtime, 10 sailfish and a 26.8-pound dolphin, Capt. Darrin CobbLor A Di, 4 sailfish and a 30.1-pound wahoo, Capt. Ty Moore

Joker II, 5 sailfish, Capt. Jon Zeller

SMALL BOAT DIVISION CHAMPION

ECO, 6 sailfish, Capt. Danny Perna

TOP ANGLER

Wallis Higginbotham, Grand Slam, 8 releases

JUNIOR ANGLER

Van Winchers, Boneshaker, 3 sailfish

LADY ANGLER

Allison Wigley, Boneshaker, 1 tuna

 

After a fast start, the crew of the Grand Slam hung on to bring home top honors over the weekend at the New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational.

With 11 releases on the board going into the final day of fishing Sunday, Capt. John Lloyd of New Smyrna Beach and his anglers added six sailfish to his boat’s total.

“It was teamwork and preparation,” Lloyd said of the reason for the win.

In addition to the local honors, first place earned Lloyd and his crew an invitation to the International Game Fish Association World Championship in May in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“We are talking about going,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd added he was part of a team that won that tournament in 2002.

Fishing with Lloyd during the Billfish Invitational were New Smyrna Beach resident Wallis Higginbotham — the tournament’s top angler with eight sailfish released; Capt. David Grubbs of Port Orange and Hunter Brandt of Jacksonville. The Grand Slam was crewed by first mate Walter Carr of Ormond Beach; Wilbur by the Sea resident Mark McMichaels and Dan Flalerty of New Smyrna Beach.

The Right Hook, captained by Ray Gibson, placed second with 16 sailfish; third went to Rough-N-It, also with 16 fish, and rounding out the top four boats was the Outlaw, which released 14 sailfish.

Tournament organizers said that despite being postponed twice by weather, which cut back on the number of boats, the event went extremely well.

“It was our smallest field ever,” co-tournament director Capt. Jon Zeller said of the 11 boats participating. “Still, with an average of 10.5 fish released per boat, the fishing was phenomenal.”

The Billfish Invitational was not the only tournament hitting the water over the weekend.

New Smyrna Beach also was the tournament location of the Fall Sailfish Classic hosted by the Fishing Store.

“It went awesome,” organizer Jay Wilson said.

While he acknowledged each tournament having its own weekend is preferred, the weather issues proved when needed, organizers of more than one event can “make it work,” which is good for everyone.

“This was a very good thing for the economy of Southeast Volusia County,” Wilson said.

It was also a good thing for the J-Hook, captained by Mike Price of Fort Piece, which took home the first place trophy of the Friday and Saturday event with 15 sailfish released.

Second place went to the Sevalls Point-based Outlaw with 13 sailfish and third went to the Stuart-based Boneshaker with 13 sailfish released.

In all, 98 sailfish were released during the two-day Fall Sailfish Classic.


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