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Hamilton Bermuda 2015


 
 

Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish convoy headed out to sea

 
2015 Bermuda Triple Crown Billifsh convoy headed out to sea

 

 

Mama Who deployed 1st and 2nd satellite tag

 
Mama Who deployed first and second satellite tag in Bermuda IGMR
 

 

 
 

Amarula Sun deployed Galati Yacht Sales Tag

 
 
Galati Yacht Sales' tag, third tag in Bermuda IGMR, deployed by Amarula Sun 
 
 

 


 

 

 

 

Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race Complete

APRIL 2016 -- Just when we thought Galati Yacht Sales had the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR in the bag with their blue marlin that swam 2,293 nautical miles (nm) across the Atlantic to Cape Verde, Last Stall’s Dan Murphy’s tag popped up to take the lead and win the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR by 138 nm! Congratulations to Dan Murphy and Team Last Stall for the winning marlin that swam a point to point distance of 2,431 nm!

On March 13, 2016, after 241 days on the estimated 102 kg (225 lb) blue, the tag popped up off the coast of Cape Verde, southeast of the Galati Yacht Sales’ tag. The tag is currently transmitting data, but when it has finished and the track is available, it will be really interesting to see if Dan Murphy’s blue followed a similar path to that of Team Galati Yacht Sales’ blue.

Similarly, two other tags in the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR also popped up nearby to each other, northeast of South America! On March 2, 2016, after reaching the full deployment duration of 240 days, Mama Who’s Lainey Jones’ tag popped up, about 680 nm off the coast of French Guiana and Brazil, to reveal that her estimated 91 kg (200 lb) blue marlin swam a linear distance of 1,823 nm. Ten days later on March 12, 2016, also after reaching the full deployment period of 240 days, Fa-La-Me’s Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez’s tag popped up, just southeast of Lainey Jones’ tag, to show that their estimated 125-pound blue swam a point to point distance of 2,138 nm!

A total of nine tags were deployed during the Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 IGMR, with six popping up and coverering incredible ground. Unfortunately, three of the tags (belonging to Teams Que Mas, Marlin Raptor, and Amarula Sun) were due up on March 13 and 14, 2016, but they did not report. While we make every effort to get data from every tag deployed (and we maintain a reporting rate of over 83%), these occurrences are an inevitable risk with any wildlife tagging program. The good news is that of the six reported tags, three went the full programmed deployment duration of 240 days which helps us learn more than ever before about these amazing fish.

There are currently two tracks available on the race page and once the data is finished transmitting from the other four tags, tracks will be generated and a comprehensive race report will be sent out to everyone.


Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race Update

JANUARY 2016 --Since the last update in October, one more tag has popped up 2,293 nautical miles away from where it was tagged off the coast of Bermuda ! The tag on Fish 3 Team Galati Yacht Sales surfaced on November 18, 2015 after 131 days on the blue marlin. As you can see in the satellite map on the race page, the tag popped up near Cape Verde, an archipelago off the north west of Africa. Stay tuned, as the track will be available on the race page in the upcoming weeks.

We have two more months until the remaining seven tags from the Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 IGMR are due to report. In the meantime, keep checking the race page where all the updates are added.


Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race Update

OCTOBER 2015 -- It's been two months since the 2015 Bermuda Billfish Release Cup and Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship, and we are proud to announce that all nine tags sponsored for the events have been deployed!

Since the last update, six tags were deployed during the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament which took place July 15-July 19, 2015.

In the afternoon of the second day of the tournament, on July 16, 2015, Trey White tagged an estimated 102 kg (225 lb) blue marlin after a quick fight with Last Stall owner and tag sponsor Dan Murphy. The fish was said to be "in good condition on release." The tag is due to report on March 12, 2016.

The following day, July 17, 2015, tag sponsor Wally Whitley reeled in an estimated 39 kg (85 lb) blue marlin while fishing aboard his boat Que Mas. The fish was released with the fifth satellite tag of the race, which is due to pop up on March 13, 2016.

The sixth tag in the race went out on a "very healthy" 136 kg (300 lb) blue marlin the following morning of July 18, 2015 by Will Thornhill after a 35 minute bout with sponsor Lainey Jones while fishing aboard her boat Mama Who. This is the third tag that Lainey generously sponsored for the Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR. A few hours later, sponsor and Marlin Raptor owner Moises Roman Maionica fought an estimated 91 kg (200 lb) blue that was then tagged and released by Captain Hunter Easthope. Soon after, Chris Carrere placed the eighth tag in the race on a "healthy" 45 kg (100 lb) blue that was reeled in after a quick fight with sponsor Shon Craig of Raymond M. Craig III Family Foundation aboard his boat Amarula Sun. These three tags are due to report on March 14, 2016.

The ninth and final tag of the IGMR, generously sponsored by Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez of Fa-La-Me  was actually deployed on the second day of the tournament on July 16, 2015 and is due to pop-up on March 12, 2016.

Since the last update, the tag on Fish 1 popped up 40 days after it was tagged, only 36 (nm) from where the fish was tagged. As you can see from the track, the fish actually swam much further.  All the other tags in the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR are still on fish and recording data.

Please stay tuned to the race page for more 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda, IGMR updates.

 


Hamilton, Bermuda 2015 Race Start

JULY 2015 -- On June 30, 2015, during the 2015 Bermuda Billfish Release Cup, Will Thornill of Mama Who successfully deployed the first satellite tag in the 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda IGMR! The estimated 91 kg (200 lb) blue marlin was caught after a quick fight with tag sponsor Lainey Jones aboard her boat Mama Who. Six days later, on July 6, 2015 and during the 2015 Bermuda Billfish Blast, Lainey reeled in another blue of the same size which Mama Who Captain Ronnie Burbage described as "healthy" as it swam away with the second satellite tag of the race. Both fish were caught on trolled skirted lures and were brought to the boat quicly on 60 kg (130 lb) tackle. As if Lainey Jones wasn't generous enough, she graciously sponsored a third satellite tag which she hopes to deploy on a third blue marlin during the last two legs of the 2015 Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship.

On July 10, 2015, the second day of the Bermuda Big Game Classic, Shon Craig released an estimated 68 kg (150 lb) blue with the third satellite tag of the IGMR! The tag, sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales, was deployed after a quick fight with angler Sharyn Craig while fishing from Amarula Sun.

Six other tag sponsors hope to deploy their tags on blue marlin before the last leg of the tournament (Sea Horse Anglers Club Billifsh Tournament) which concludes on July 19, 2015. Generously sponsoring these tags are Moises Roman Maionica of Marlin Raptor, Raymond M. Craig III Family Foundation of Amarula Sun, Wally Whitley of Que Mas, Lainey Jones of Mama Who, Daniel J. Murphy of Last Stall, and Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez of Fa-La-Me.

This is the first IGMR event held in Bermuda, which makes the data generated from these tags so interesting and valuable. The tags are programmed to stay on marlin for 240 days, so we expect them to start popping-up in March of 2016.

Please stay tuned to the race page for more 2015 Hamilton, Bermuda, IGMR updates.