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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 […]
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 […]
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 almo
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 [&helli
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The team aboard 54′ Paul Mann TRUE GRIT held second place positon after a full day of action and tough competition from all 97 boats entered in the 28th Alice Kelly Ladies Only Tournament on August 13. TRUE GRIT, captained by Hank Beasley, racked up […]
For the third year in a row, the team aboard the Paul Mann 67-foot LISA K was a big winner in the billfish release category for white marlin with a beautiful catch by angler Terry McCurdy during one of the Northeast’s most competitive and popular […]
A proud Jr. Angler! Young Charles Gaddy(left), fishing with team QUALIFIER, aboard the Paul Mann 56-foot, owned and captained by his father Fin Gaddy, captured the top Jr. Angler award at the Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament June 25th – 30th. The young man caught a […]
When the cold fronts come to Florida in winter the sailfishing along Florida’s Gold Coast can be incredible! This year during the 54th Annual Buccaneer Cup Tournament, it was without a doubt slower than usual. But the team aboard the 58-foot Paul Mann LO QUE […]
CHAMPAGNE LADY’s Capt. Josh Chaney, in his first big tournament victory as a skipper, led Tony Ingram, Carl Repetto, Rob Miller and Mark Donohue, and crewmen Connor Tillman, Mark McDevitt and Sean Young, to nine sailfish releases Sunday and 20 releases during the tournament to […]
Undoubtedly one of the best sportfishing teams in the Caribbean, the Paul Mann 57′ NAIRA led from start to finish during the 2016 Aruba Caribbean Cup, scoring 4400 points including a grand slam to walk away with the big win. The NAIRA team included Captain/Owner […]
The Paul Mann custom built 56-foot sportfish, A-SALT WEAPON held on to win the 13th annual Virginia Beach BillfishTournament, August 24-27, sitting at the Rudee Inlet docks for their required lay day during the final day of fishing to see if the team’s lead was […]
Congratulations to Captain Gene LeBron named Top Captain and team JICHI for Top Boat and Luis Isaias, owner of JICHI and Top Angler for the tournament. JICHI took a commanding lead on day two catching six blue marlin. JICHI held the lead for a first place […]
Congratulations to 58-foot Paul Mann LO QUE SEA, captained by Kevin Paul, for earning fourth place amongst 72 tough competitors, releasing 15 billfish, for a total of 1500 points in the 2016 Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament! Tony Huerto, owner of LO QUE SEA, says this about […]
The 56’ Paul Mann LO QUO SEA held the first place positon after a full day of action and tough competition from all 92 boats entered in the 27th Alice Kelly Ladies Only Tournament! LO QUO SEA, captained by Kevin Paul, racked up five sailfish […]
The Paul Mann 67-foot LISA K won the billfish release category by a big margin with a fantastic number of seven white marlin releases during one of the Northeast’s most competitive and popular tournaments, the Tri-State Canyon Shoot Out, July 31-August 3, 2016, in Block […]
The Paul Mann 56-foot QUALIFIER held the number one position throughout the 13th Annual Boat Builders Tournament, releasing a grand slam plus an additional billfish on both of their fishing days! The leaderboard also remained consistently outstanding throughout the event for all the Paul Mann [&hell
A huge shout out and congratulations to Owner Tony Huerta, with Captain Kevin Paul and crew aboard the 58′ Paul Mann Custom LO QUE SEA for taking the win of the 2016 Custom Shootout! The boat’s two blue marlin, four white marlin and two sailfish […]
With team anglers Albert Castro, Luis Isias and Anibal Moya fishing hard and seeing lots of action, the 68-foot Paul Mann JICHI captained by Gene Lebron took top honors and a commanding 1500 point lead in the first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship in […]
August 10-13, 2015. Congratulations to Owner Leah Hebert, Paul Hebert and Capt. Newt Cagle plus crew and team of Tom Bauer, Tony Heurta and Junior Bass aboard the 58-foot DIRTY BUSINESS for taking third in the 32nd Annual Pirate’s Cove Big Game Tournament. The release of […]
August 9, 2015. Fifty-four teams entered the 26th Annual Alice Kelly tournament with a small craft advisory in effect and little hope of fishing, but in the end the 53-foot Paul Mann Custom Boat TRUE GRIT and a few others made it out for Sunday’s […]
The team from Aruba aboard the 58-foot Paul Mann ALINA took the early lead, releasing six white marlin including a triple-header, plus a blue, and held on till the final day to take Top Boat honors as well as Top Team in the Barceló Rum […]
Congratulations to JICHI! One blue marlin and two white marlin released during the final leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship at Boat Harbour June 10-13, 2015 were enough to see JICHI stay on the leader board! Team anglers Albert Castro, Anibal Moya and JICHI owner/angler […]
Congratulations to MA SHEILA (formerly the 59-foot Paul Mann CLEAN LIVIN’) for placing second in the third of four legs–the Treasure Cay leg–of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, with a 628-pound monster blue marlin and another white. Owner Will Tomlinson was the angler. The 68-foot [&hel
Huge congratulations once again to the Paul Mann 57’ NAIRA and the Paul Mann 58’ ALINA for dominating the 49th Annual Orco Bank Blue Marlin Tournament which took place March 28-29 out of the Curaçao Yacht Club in Willemstad, Curaçao. The overall winning team was […]
Pelican Bay Yacht Club Tournament (Ft. Pierce, FL) January 6-10, 2015. The sailfishing for 2015 started out great in Florida as the Paul Mann 67-foot Lisa K checked in after a 10 sailfish day off Hutchinson Island on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Not enough […]
Congratulations to Owner Chip Lacy, Capt. Brad Diaz plus crew and team of Frank Adams, Joey Belton, Owen Maxwell and Jeff Reibel aboard the 76 foot ANN WARRICK for taking second in the Pirate’s Cove Big Game Tournament with 11 billfish releases totaling 630 points! […]
Eleven blue marlin was not quite enough for top boat in the in the 42nd USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament (ABMT) held in St Thomas US Virgin Islands but it was sure good for second place in one of the most prestigious blue marlin release […]
The Paul Mann 58-foot SNIPER takes first place in the 2014 VA BEACH INVITATIONAL Billfish Tournament! This makes for two consecutive years that SNIPER has taken the first place win! SNIPER has also now placed first in the tournament four different years! Pretty work and […]
Congratulations to Owner Gary Wyatt, Capt. Matt Key and mate Will Frederick and team of the 1993 Paul Mann 56′ SPORTSMANN! Taking 1st Place Wahoo for the series was Gavin Wyatt with 62.6 pounds. 1st Place Youth goes to Bennett Wyatt and 2nd Place Youth […]
Big congratulations to the captain and crew aboard the Paul Mann Custom 58-foot DIRTY BUSINESS (formerly SECOND CHANCE out of Charleston) now in Grand Isle, LA! The DIRTY BUSINESS team took top team, top yellowfin and top blackfitop spots in the Fourchon Oilman’s Association Invitational. [&hellip
Congratulations and a shout out to Capt/Owner Eric Mansur and his crew aboard the Paul Mann 58-foot ALINA for taking Second Place in the tournament. Four blues and a white the last day! Great fishing!
Huge congratulations to the team aboard the 57-foot Paul Mann custom boat, NAIRA, owned and captained by Ruben “Bincho” Mansur, Jr., as they walked away with first place in the Fourth Annual Chivas Regal Aruba Caribbean Cup. Bincho Mansur plus Bancho Mansur, Yilson Ikiate and […]
Twenty-nine white marlins were released September 19 from the Paul Mann 56-foot QUALIFIER by Owner/Captain Fin Gaddy and mate Chris Kubik. That was the total of releases aboard QUALIFIER for just one day out of many excellent days fishing the fall season out of the Oregon Inlet, […]
Beginning the final day of the tournament eight boats of the 28 in the tournament were tied for first place with five blue marlin releases apiece. JICHI, the 68-foot Paul Mann helmed by Capt. Gene Lebron, and owner/angler Luis Isaias was one of the eight. […]
SNIPER WINS the 30th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, August 12-16, 2013! The 58-foot Paul Mann custom sportfish and her crew had a whopping total of 18 billfish releases in this world-class big game tournament. Huge congratulations to SNIPER Captain and boat owner Jimmy Bay
Congratulations and a huge shout out to the SNIPER Captain and owner Jimmy Bayne and crew for taking the TOP BOAT in the 23rd ALICE KELLY LADIES MEMORIAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT! Aboard SNIPER, Tina Balance released a blue marlin and Paula Boone, Theresa Poe and Jeanie […]
The Paul Mann 56-foot QUALIFIER captained by Fin Gaddy captured top honors at the prestigious 53rd annual Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament. Andrew Cox aboard QUALIFIER was named top angler. Great boat, great captain, great angler, great success!
Big shout out and congratulations goes out to SNIPER captained by owner Jimmy Bayne! Jimmy and crew captured first place overall with 8 white marlin releases. 14-year-old Bryce St. Clair, fishing aboard SNIPER, was named Top Junior Angler with 2 white marlin releases.
The Paul Mann Boat LET IT BE captured 3rd place overall in the billfish release category with 3 blue marlin releases The Tournament took place June 10-15 2013. The Paul Mann 65-foot COMPROMISE also caught the first blue marlin of the tournament and won the […]
Naira wins the 47th Curacao International Blue Marlin Release Tournament held on March 15-17, 2013. 40 boats participated and saw 13 blue marlin releases. Naira released two beautiful blue marlin for the win.
March 13-16, 2013: 2nd Leg John Thomas and crew of Sea Fix WIN final leg with a total of 46 big, beautiful Costa Rican sailfish to take 1st in the 10th annual Los Sueños Sinature Billfish Series! 1st Sea Fix 4600 points 46 sails 2nd Team Release 4500 points, &nb
Naira placed 2nd in the 25th Bonaire International Billfish Tournament held on January 17-19, 2013. Over 30 boats participated and 10 blues released were released (a lot of lost fish too). The team aboard Naira released a blue and a sail to take second.
The Billfish Foundation Named Fin Gaddy aboard QUALIFIER the Paul Mann Custom 56-foot splashed in December 2009 was named top overall Captain worldwide for both catch and release and tagging billfish. Fin and his team aboard QUALIFIER set the top sailfish catch and release and […]
Naira, formerly Prime Time, has been catchin’ them up in Aruba! Naira reported back with a 1st place win in the Aruba Nautical Club tournament, 3rd place in the Bucuti Yachts Club tournament, and a 4th place win in the Presidential Caribbean Cup tournament!
Fin Gaddy and his team aboard the Paul Mann 56–foot QUALIFIER, just 3–peated in the Hatteras Grand Slam Tournament, which took place July 11-14. QUALFIER and crew won two billfish categories, got a couple of nice paychecks and bragging rights for another year. Congrats to […]
The winner! Sadie Beth–formerly the Madd Hatter–Paul Mann Custom Boats hull #1–now out of Charleston, SC, owned by Gage Blue and captained by Howard Moseley. Sadie Beth scored 1,600 total points in winning this South Carolina Governor’s Cup tournament May 25-27 2012.
The Paul Mann Custom Boat Prime Time with Captain Butch fished two tournaments in Aruba in October with a first and a third place finish. In
2nd Place Overall: 3 white marlin, 1 blue marlin Hunter, Captain Walt Spruill 2nd Place Top Lady Angler: white marlin &n
Team Paul Mann boats including Pelican, A Salt Weapon and Qualifier all finished among the top ten boats for a strong second place
Top Angler: A-Salt Weapon, Kenny Small Top Boat: A-Salt Weapon
1st Place: Qualifier 1st Place Tuna: Pelican 40.5 lbs Junior Angler, Last Day: True Grit, Holton Clifton Top An
2nd Place Overall: 8 white marlin Sniper, Captain Jim Bayne
Top Manufacturer: Paul Mann Custom Boats Top Boat: 1st Place: Pelican 2nd Place: Qualifier Top Angler: Paul Mann Daily Winner Friday: Capt.
1st Place: Qualifier
3rd place Top Boat – D.A. SEA – Ed Dunn – Owner – Capt. Robbie Valko – released 13 white marlin in 2 days of f
163 boats “It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Phat Mann Sings!” per the quote
Top Boat Overall, Day 2 Top Boat, Top Overall Angler, Top Crew and Top Circle Hook Team releasing 12 white marlin overall, all on circle hooks! –
Top Boat Billfish Release 2nd place – D.A. SEA– Ed Dunn – Owner – Capt. Robbie Valko
Daily First Release – white marlin – Hunter – Capt. & Owner – Walt
Top boats: First place – Pelican – Capt. & Owner Arch Bracher –
ninth place – Phat Mann – Capt. Capt. Dave Warren – Mark Granville-Smith – Owner released one blue marlin and five w
1st place overall – Sniper – Capt. & Owner Jimmy Bayne
33 boats entered the tournament, but the weather was rough! 2nd Place Top Boat Phat Mann – Capt. Dave Warren – Mark Granvi
D.A. SEA – Ed Dunn – Owner – Capt. Robbie Valko – Mate: Josh Ruskey 2nd place Heaviest Bluefin, 2nd place Heaviest
80 boats competed, 8 were Paul Mann Boats. Top Boat – Pelican – 8 white marlin – 560 pts. – Capt. Arch Bracher
131 boats competed, 8 were Paul Mann Boats. Top Boat: Pelican – Capt. Arch Bracher Jr. on the 56 foot Paul Mann 10 white Marlin, 1 sa
20 boats with 72 anglers competed- Prime Time took 1st place! by releasing 24 Billfish & two grand slams! 13 white marlin, 8 sailfish, & 3 blu
20 boats competed, 6 were Paul Mann Boats (due to the weather, not all boats fished) First Place – Prime Time – Capt. “But
24 boats competed 7 were Paul Mann Boats Third Place – Pelican – Capt. Arch Bracher 560 points 8 white marlin (missed second pla
Second Place – Prime Time – Capt. “Butch” Cox Heaviest Total Weight bluefin and yellowfin tuna Third place – J
Top Boat – Pelican – Capt. Arch Bracher – 6 whites, 1 blue, 1 sail Third Place – Prime Time – C
Ocean City Light Tackle Club – Cancun, Mexico: 1st place – Prime Time – Capt. Robert Cox 2nd place – D.A.
2nd place – Second Chance – Capt. Dale Prox (original Big Game) Congratulations to the crew of the “Second ChanceR
126 boats competed 1st place: Outer Limits Owner/Capt.: Harvey Shiflet Mate: Dave Peck 2nd place: Sniper Owner/Capt.:&nb