Captain Arch Bracher Tag

The PELICAN comes home!

The PELICAN, the 56' custom, was originally delivered to owner/operator Arch Bracher in April, 2000. He jumped onto the bridge and headed down to Mexico within a week of the delivery! PELICAN is a true testament of what a well-maintained sportfish can be. After 42,000 hours of Charter service, catching thousands of Tuna, Mahi, and countless numbers of billfish including its tournament winning history the PELICAN is finally in need of a new set of mufflers, a paint job and a few minor cosmetics. “What is amazing to see”, states a very proud builder Paul Mann as he smiles up at

Paul Mann Boats Dominate 27th Annual Alice Kelly Ladies Only Billfish Tournament August 14th 2016! LO QUO SEA takes first place!

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 releases, good for 500 points to win. Lora Whitehurst and Karen Kremser scored two sails apiece, while Amy McGurk added another. Andrew Brady and Lenny Schelin are LO QUO SEA’s excellent mates.

But that wasn’t all! 

Capt. Dennis Endee and boat owner Cheryl Russell and her family team aboard the 56’ Paul Mann A-SALT WEAPON captured

18th Annual Alice Kelly Ladies Memorial Billfish Tournament – 110 boats – Aug. 12 (2007)

 Top boats:          First place - Pelican - Capt. & Owner Arch Bracher - released two blue marlin and two white marlin          Fourth place - Sniper - Capt. Mike Merritt - Owner Jimmy Bayne - released two blue marlin and one white marlin         Top Lady Angler - Second Place - Pelican - Capt. & Owner Arch Bracher - Summer McCarver         Top Junior Angler - Sniper - Capt. Mike Merritt - Owner Jimmy Bayne - daughter Hunter Bayne, first blue marlin

23rd Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament (2006)

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 sailfish, 770 points, $584,762.50 Along with mate Pat Bracher and Josh Howard, anglers aboard were Doug Hinson, Alan Huband, Bran Light, and Nick Morris.  In all the team took seven first place awards. Congratulations! 

The 1st Annual Dare County Boat Builders Challenge- Pirate’s Cove 22 Boats competed

Top Boat - Pelican - Capt. Arch Bracher - 6 whites, 1 blue, 1 sail Third Place - Prime Time - Capt. Butch Cox - 1 blue - 2 whites Daily Day One - Qualifier - Capt. Finn Gaddy - 3 whites Daily Day Two - Pelican - Capt. Arch Bracher Top Dolphin - Pelican - Angler Brad Watkins (22.5 lbs.) Top Junior Angler - A-Salt Weapon - Angler Zack Endee (white marlin) Top Captain - Pelican - Capt. Arch Bracher Top Mate - Pelican - Jordan Blount Top Angler - Pelican - John Bailey And last but not least