|Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament prepares for 30th annual competition|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:24|
TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- The Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT) will celebrate its 30th anniversary June 1-7, 2013 at the beautiful Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort. Known for its great fishing, excellent value and fun social events, the world-class competition attracts teams from around the world.
The TCBT modified release tournament offers four days of fishing, a lay day, social parties, dinners and fun competitions. The guaranteed cash payout ranges from $10,000 for a minimum of ten boats and up to $50,000 for participation of 50 boats. One of the best fishing destinations in the Bahamas, Treasure Cay is known for grander-size record-breaking marlin, large dolphin and wahoo.
The TCBT offers a special bonus of one free room night at the resort or a free day of dockage for registrations made prior to March 31, 2013. The early registrations also receive an entry into a drawing for free tournament dockage from June 1-6 for boats up to 60 feet and additional prizes including air tickets to the Bahamas.
While targeting billfish is the focus of the TCBT, the tournament includes Fun Fish Division awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The Fun Fish Division offers an optional payout rivaling top prizes of U.S. based tournaments. In addition to the cash prizes, winners receive beautiful trophies and the top team is honoured on a statuesque Perpetual Trophy showcased in the resort's Spinnaker Restaurant, one of the largest air conditioned out-island restaurant facilities available for events. Awards are also presented to Top Lady and Junior Anglers.Release point standings are verified by the participant's own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The TCBT is open to the public and center console boats over 30 feet are welcome. The top TCBT team will qualify for the IGFA Offshore World Championship, with information available at www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com.
In addition to its great food and family social events, the TCBT also raises funds for the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Details, photos and the tournament magazine are available on www.treasurecay.com. Information can also be found at www.facebook.com/treasurecayresort. Live scoring is provided by www.catchstat.com. Registration for up to six team members, including boat entry, cash prize eligibility, dinners, cocktail parties, team goody bag and room discounts can be made online at www.treasurecay.com.
Current Champion - Team Sea Baby. The 2012 TCBT had an exciting finish, with First Place changing hands several times on the final day. Sea Baby, Cape Canaveral, FL hooked up just before lines out to clinch the prize, releasing two blues and a white marlin. Big T's, Sarasota, FL took Second and Rum Bum, Coconut Grove, FL took Third. The Lay Day Kettle O'Fish tournament resulted in the catch of more than a hundred lionfish as well as several snapper.
Photo: Sea Baby, Cape Canaveral, FL took First Place at the 29th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, June 10-15, 2012. L. to R.: Bryan Goff, Steve Goff, Bill Brennan, Marie Goff, Jason Solano and Ryan Beal. (Photo credit: Theresa Racicot)
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