Tournaments

RARE BREED takes second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat during the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament May 23-25

Marlin magazine featured RARE BREED, the 63-foot Paul Mann custom, in the highly competitive Boats of the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series tournament circuit gallery of boats. Congratulations to Captain Bubba Simmons and the RARE BREED team for taking second place for Outstanding Billfish Boat earning 600 points and top honors for the heaviest dolphin fish weighed at the docks at (39.9 pounds!) by angler Mel Miles during the Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament held at Georgetown Landing Marina May 23-25. Caption: RARE BREED, 63-foot Paul Mann Custom (📸: marlinmag.com; Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor’s Cup)

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ANN WARRICK, PELICAN and QUALIFIER on the Leader board and Title board at the 2019 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament held August 8-14, 2019

Congrats to ANN WARRICK who reeled in the heaviest tuna weighing in at 114.6 lbs and second largest wahoo at 28.3 lbs in the 2019 Pirate's Cove Big Game Billfish Tournament. PELICAN was 2nd in the Billfish Daily on Day 4 with 600 points (700 total for the tournament!) and also had the 3rd largest dolphin at 22.5 lbs. QUALIFIER’s Charles and Brown Gaddy, fishing with dad Captain Fin Gaddy, were awarded the Junior Angler title releasing at the same time for a double-header on Day 4!

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Team HOG WILD Aboard 54-foot Paul Mann Takes Second in 16th Annual Dare County Boat Builders Tournament July 24-27, 2019

[caption id="attachment_19000" align="alignright" width="410"] HOG WILD, 54-foot Paul Mann Custom, 2nd Place Winner!(photo credit: Courtney Hathaway Photography; dcbbf.org)[/caption] Congrats to Captain Jimmy Horning and the HOG WILD team placing second in the 2019 Dare County Boat Builders Tournament and charity event held at Pirate’s Cove Marina Tournament Pavilion in Manteo, NC. HOG WILD’s very own Bailey Petty took Top Lady Angler! The Dare County Boat Builders Foundation develops, encourages, and promotes public awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of boat building in Dare County and supports educational opportunities for students. Most of Dare County, NC’s finest custom boat builders–the very best sportfish

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The Paul Mann 60-foot GRAND SLAM Wins 38th Annual Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament in Fort Pierce, FL with a single day record breaking 38 sailfish releases! Team CHAMPAGNE LADY aboard 68-foot Paul Mann took Third with team LO QUE SEA, a 58-foot custom and LISA K, a 67-foot custom also with a strong showing!

Wow! What an unbelievable number of billfish releases at the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament held Jan 8-12 2019! GRAND SLAM’s Captain David Grubbs and team, all of New Smyrna Beach, caught and released a record number of 38 Sailfish! on the first day of the tournament setting a single day boat record for a Treasure Coast area sailfish tournament. This record helped GRAND SLAM with a First Place win with 7300 points! Captain John “JD” Chaney and the team of CHAMPAGNE LADY had a solid Third Place with 5800 points and team LO QUE SEA, a 58-foot custom

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Team LO QUE SEA Aboard 58′ Paul Mann Custom Takes Win with 21 Sailfish Releases in the Third Annual Billfish Bash Tournament Thanksgiving Week 2018.

South Florida may be crowned Sailfish Alley when the winter winds blow, but the Third Annual Billfish Bash saw big sailfish release numbers 100 miles north of Fort Pierce off New Smyrna Beach Thanksgiving week.  Capt. Garett Yarbrough and the LO QUE SEA have proven themselves champions time and again, and sure enough the team took first place with 22 releases.

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Team ALINA Aboard 58′ Paul Mann Takes Second in 2018 Aruba Caribbean Cup with Two Blues, Four Whites and a Sail

The team aboard the 58-foot ALINA demonstrated, once again, their impressive billfishing skills in the ninth annual Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup, Oct. 18-21, 2018. In an epic, record-breaking Aruba tournament with 109 billfish caught and released throughout the weekend, ALINA prevailed over almost all the competition, capturing 2000 points and second place overall. Christian Mansur aboard ALINA also garnered second place angler in this, the first leg of the Presidential Challenge series. And the team aboard 57-foot Paul Mann NAIRA finished seventh with 1400 points. ALINA’s seasoned team led by captain Eric Mansur really know what they are doing in this

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Team POOR GIRL Aboard 65-foot Paul Mann, Takes Third With 10 Billfish in 15th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament August 22-25, 2018.

[caption id="attachment_16767" align="alignright" width="600"] The POOR GIRL team consisted of: Dave Eason, Tim O'Donnell, Bob O'Donnell, Sean O'Donnell, Owner/Captain Jack O'Donnell, Phil Quam, Bill Webb, Jack Webb III Mate, Kevin Laxton, and Mate, Christian Del Campo Trejo.[/caption] Owner/captain Jack O’Donnell, fishing with his team aboard POOR GIRL, a 65-foot Paul Mann, won third place honors for releasing 10 white marlin (six on the 24th and four on the 25th worth 700 points altogether) in the recent and highly competitive Virginia Beach Tournament.  The POOR GIRL team pocketed $64,000 for placing in the Billfish and High Rollers Jackpot categories. Sean O’Donnell was

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Team LISA K Aboard the 67-foot Paul Mann Custom Again Victorious Sweeping all Billfish Categories in Tri-State Canyon Shootout Jul 30-Aug 3, 2018

[caption id="attachment_16751" align="alignright" width="288"] LISA K owner Ernest Audet with a beautiful blue marlin during the Tri State Shoot Out based in Block Island, RI.[/caption] For the fourth year in a row, the team aboard the Paul Mann 67-foot LISA K was the big winner in the billfish release category for five white marlin and a big blue marlin. The beautiful catch was worth 525 points and took categories going away during one of the Northeast’s most competitive and popular tournaments, the Tri-State Canyon Shoot Out July 29-August 2, 2018. LISA K owner Ernest Audet was the angler on two of the

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Team QUALIFIER Aboard 56-foot Paul Mann Takes Second In 15th Annual Dare County Boatbuilders Tournament

[caption id="attachment_16746" align="alignleft" width="214"] Rob Warren, aboard QUALIFIER was Top Angler with six white marlin.[/caption] Team QUALIFIER with 1100 points and 11 white marlin placed second on the basis of time in the 2018 Dare County Boatbuilders Tournament and charity event. Rob Warren took Top Angler with six white marlin aboard QUALIFIER. QUALIFIER owner and Captain Fin Gaddy and team again gained some bragging rights in the competitive, hotly-contested, loads-of-fun-and-camaraderie event. The Dare County Boat Builders Foundation develops, encourages, and promotes public awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of boat building in Dare County and supports educational opportunities for students. Most

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Team FIN PRINT Aboard 62-foot Paul Mann Custom Places Third in 14th Annual 2018 Hatteras Grand Slam July 6 and 7, 2018

[caption id="attachment_16615" align="alignleft" width="400"] Hudson Vaughn, owner Owen Andrews and MJ Miller[/caption] Team FIN PRINT aboard the beautiful 62 -foot Paul Mann custom boat owned by Owen Andrews and captained by Ralph Griffin captured third place team and other top honors at the prestigious 14th  annual Hatteras Grand Slam Bilfish Tournament. FIN PRINT finished the tournament with 1700 points against some of the best billfishing teams anywhere. The Hatteras Grand Slam is an NC Governor’s Cup Tournament. A huge shout out to team FIN PRINT and the best of luck and tight lines in future events!  

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