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Abaco Islands Bahamas 2015


Sailfish caught during 2015 Custom Shootout

 
Sailfish caught during the 2015 Custom Shootout ; Photo by Leah Baumwell

2015 Custom Shootout Convoy

 
2015 Custom Shootout Convoy; Photo by Leah Baumwell

2015 Custom Shootout Convoy

 
2015 Custom Shootout Convoy; Photo by Leah Baumwell

Sailfish caught during 2015 Custom Shootout

 
Gladiator Capt  Don McIntosh with estimated 32 kg (70 lb) blue marlin

Amarula Sun deployed Galati Yacht Sales Tag

 
IGFA Trustee & tag sponsor Roy Chronacher; photo by Leah Baumwell

 
 
 

 


 

 

 

 


Abaco Islands, Bahamas 2015 Race Complete

APRIL 2016 --Congratulations to Todd Reaves and Team Soul Candy for winning the 2015 Abaco Islands, Bahamas, IGMR! The tag on Fish 2 Team Soul Candy (Tag 13P0319) surfaced on December 3, 2015 after 203 days on the blue marlin. The tag popped off at the southern tip of the” Tongue of the Ocean”, 180 nm from where it was tagged in the Abacos. While the point of deployment to the point of popup distance was only 180 nm, we estimate the total track length to be 2,340 nm! This fish took a meandering route through the Bahamas, spending some time off the northeast coast of Cuba in August and September and passing by the Florida Keys in October. The majority of its time was spent between the surface and 100 m (328 ft) in water temperatures ranging from 26°C - 30°C (79°F - 86°F). However, deeper dives frequently occurred, with the deepest dive to 512 m (1,680 ft) where the water temperature was 12.8°C (55°F).

Fish 5 Team Gladiator (Tag 14P0325) earned second place in the race and Fish 1 Team Plane Simple (Tag 14P0530) took third. Unfortuantely, the tags on Fish 3 Team Sweet Thing (Tag 14P0460) and Fish 4 Team Committed (Tag 14P0501) did not report.

We are very excited to add data from Atlantic blue marlin to the IGMR database and hope to increase this data set in the future. Our thanks and gratitude goes out to the tag sponsors, captains, anglers, crew, and participants in the 2015 Custom Shootout IGMR.

The race report is available and can be viewed here.


Abaco Islands, Bahamas 2015 Race Update

JANUARY 2016 --Since the last update in October, one more tag has popped up! The tag on Fish 2 Team Soul Candy surfaced on December 3, 2015 after 203 days on the blue marlin. The popped off at the southern tip of the” Tongue of the Ocean” 180 nautical miles (nm) from where it was tagged in the Abacos. While the point of deployment to point of popup distance isn’t that long, we are very excited to see the track this fish took during the 203 day the tag recorded data.  Stay tuned, as the track will be available on the race page in the upcoming weeks.

We have a few more weeks until the remaining two tags from the Abaco Islands, Bahamas 2015 IGMR are due to report. In the meantime, keep checking the race page where all 2015 Custom Shootout IGMR updates are added.


Abaco Islands, Bahamas 2015 Race Start

OCTOBER 2015 -- On May 13, 2015, the IGMR returned to Abaco Beach Resort & Marina in the Bahamas for the 2015 Custom Shootout where fifty-two custom builty sport-fishing yachts entered the 14th annual fund-raising catch and release tournament.

The weather was beautiful and the fishing was hot during the three day event where seven satellite tags were generously sponsored and ready to go out on some healthy blues!

On the morning of the second fishing day, May 14, 2015, tag sponsor Jim Jensen fought an estimated 57 kg (125 lb) blue marlin for about a half hour aboard his boat Plane Simple before deckhand Noah Beaman released the fish with the first satellite tag of the race. Unfortuantely, the tag popped up five days later, only eight nauitcal miles (nm) from where the fish was tagged.

In the afternoon of the second fishing day, May 14,2015,  tag sponsor Todd Reaves quickly reeled in an estimated 45 kg (100 lb) blue while fishing from his boat Soul Candy before deckhand Heath Brown released the fish with the second satellite tag of the race. According to Soul Candy Capt Brian Speedy, "the fish was the small, the fight was quick, and the release was healthy!" The tag is due to report on January 9, 2016.

The next and final day of the tournament, on May 15, 2015, Sweet Thing owner and tag sponsor Keith Beaty tagged an estimated 45 kg (100 lb) blue marlin after a 15 minute bout with angler Mike Ivancevic. Keith described the fish as "healthy" as it swam away with the third sat tag deployed in the race. The tag is due to pop up on January 10, 2016.

On June 4, 2015, three weeks after the tournament concluded, Committed owner and tag sponsor John Lee deployed the fourth satellite tag of the race on an estimated 91 kg (200 lb) blue marlin after angler John Kazaros fought the fish for about 45 minutes. The tag is due to report on January 30, 2015 and we can't wait to see where this blue swims!

Two days later, on June 6, 2015, IGFA Trustee Roy Cronacher Jr. deployed the fifth tag in the Bahamas IGMR on an estimated 32 kg (70 lb) blue marlin after reeling in the fish aboard his boat Gladiator. Unfortunatley, the tag popped up after one week, only 19 nm away from where the fish was tagged.

The two remaining tags, generously sponsored by Lights Out owner Bill Haugland and MV Rose owner Jay Hayden, have not yet been deployed and may join another IGMR race or safely store their tags until next year's Custom Shootout.

Please stay tuned to the race page for more 2015 Abaco Island, Bahamas IGMR updates.