Tournaments

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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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Team QUALIFIER Aboard 56-foot Paul Mann Custom Wins The 2018 Hatteras Marlin Club Billfish Release Tournament June 24-29, 2018

[caption id="attachment_16480" align="alignleft" width="300"] The winners! L-R, Brown Gaddy, Nancy Gaddy, Fin Gaddy, Charles Gaddy and Collin Oxnard[/caption] Team QUALIFIER aboard the 56-foot Paul Mann custom boat captained by Fin Gaddy captured top team and plenty of other top honors at the prestigious 58th annual Hatteras Marlin Club Billfish Release Tournament. Young Charles Gaddy aboard QUALIFIER was named top angler as well as top junior angler. Charles’ brother Brown Gaddy was named second place junior angler. QUALIFIER finished the tournament with four blue marlin and a sailfish. A huge shout out to a great boat, great captain, and a great mate! [caption

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Team LO QUE SEA Aboard Paul Mann 58’ Wins Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament out of the Bahamas, May 30-June 2, 2018

A huge congratulations to team LO QUE SEA, aboard the 58-foot Paul Mann, for winning the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament May 30th - June 2nd! Captain Kevin Paul, Owner Tony Huerta (named Top Angler!) and angler Garrett Yarborough reeled in three blue marlin, one white marlin and two sailfish totaling 1550 points, to take first, naming LO QUE SEA Top Boat, Owner Tony Huerta Top Angler and team LO QUE SEA Top Captain and Crew! Photo credit: Elite Sportfishing (Instagram)

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Charter team aboard Paul Mann 56-foot A-SALT WEAPON reels in 877-pound NC record Bluefin tuna

Captain Dennis Endee with a charter team aboard the A-SALT WEAPON, a 56-foot Paul Mann custom owned by Greg Russell and Andy Purgason, achieved a new North Carolina state record with an 877-pound Bluefin tuna on March 17, 2018. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the huge Bluefin after fighting with the fish for two-and-a-half hours off Oregon Inlet. It measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a girth of 79 inches. Chambers caught the fish using trolling dead

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Team NAIRA aboard 57′ Paul Mann Wins Oct 19-22 2017 Aruba Caribbean Cup for the 4th time in 5 years; Team ALINA aboard Paul Mann 58′ Takes Second! 

Huge congratulations to Team NAIRA and Captain Jimmy Marin aboard the 57’ Paul Mann for once again winning the Presidential Aruba Caribbean Cup with 1900 points including a grand slam the final day! Team NAIRA has won the Aruba Caribbean Cup four of the last five tournaments - Top Boat! In spite of some of the roughest seas, it was an incredible tournament! Bincho Mansur is owner of NAIRA but was busy running a triathlon during the tournament! There was plenty of competition however in this Aruba leg of the Presidential Challenge as team ALINA with captain/Owner Eric Mansur

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Team QUALIFIER Aboard Paul Mann 56-foot Takes Top Boat Overall and Day Two First Place With 801-lb. Blue Marlin at 14th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament August 23-26, 2017 

[caption id="attachment_1309" align="alignleft" width="273"] Keith Hudgins, Craig Revere, Capt. Fin Gaddy, Bailey Hudgins, Bill Hudgins, Steve Callis, Nick Rhem, Mate Colin Oxnard, and (kneeling) Josh Theil. Not pictured, Brad Hudgins.[/caption] WOW! Bite of a lifetime! The team aboard the Paul Mann custom built 56-foot sportfish QUALIFIER hooked up a real monster not long after “lines in” on Friday, August 25, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. According to owner Captain Fin Gaddy, “I was watching the spread when this fish came completely out of the water from the side and completely crushed my short shotgun. It has to be the

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