2008 Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament Results

by July 12, 2008 • 1 comment

Held in Panama City Beach at the Bay Point Marina.

I arrived back in town at the tail end of the 2008 Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament; just in time for the final weigh-ins tonight. No records were broken, but some big fish came in nonetheless.

Click the more link for pictures and the final results from tonight’s weigh-in.

This was the first year that the actual billfish fishing competition was a “catch and release.” In an effort to become more eco-friendly, St. Joe (the new owner of the Bay Point Marina) opted to release all sailfish and switch to a points system for prize money awards. Verification of the catch and release was done with video and the tapes turned in tonight. Video and results should be available tomorrow of Monday. 600 points were given for each Blue Marlin, 250 points for each White Marlin, 250 points for each Sailfish and 100 points for each unidentified sailfish.

The final Leaderboard for Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphin are as follows:


FIRST PLACE – Boat: Windsong | Weight: 105.5 lbs

105.5 lbs caught on the Windsong

SECOND PLACE – Boat: Seaspray | Weight: 54.7 lbs

54.7 lbs caught on the Seaspray

THIRD PLACE – Boat: Seaspray | Weight: 50.8 lbs


FIRST PLACE – Boat: Traders Hill | Weight: 72.3 lbs

72.3 lbs caught on the Traders Hill

SECOND PLACE – Boat: Maverick | Weight: 61.6 lbs

61.6 lbs caught on the Maverick

THIRD PLACE – Boat: Restitution III | Weight: 56.8 lbs

56.8 lbs caught on the Restitution III


FIRST PLACE – Boat: Miss Mandy | Weight: 51.5 lbs

51.5 lbs caught on the Miss Mandy

SECOND PLACE – Boat: Tar Baby | Weight: 49.9 lbs

49.9 lbs caught on the Tar Baby

THIRD PLACE – Boat: The Rainmaker | Weight: 48.6 lb

48.6 lbs caught on the Rain Maker

Honestly, this is the first year that I’ve actually spent some time at the event. They had a pretty neat set up with a roaming video camera, a video camera on a huge boom and a camera on a tower. I heard an announcer say that 8 million people were watching the tournament (sounds lofty, but what do I know!). Scott Burt of Galati Yachts said that they should have the technology next year to stream video live from the boats as the Marlin are caught and released.

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1 Psychic Advice July 13, 2008 at 6:43 am

Great blog, subscribed to your rss feed. Thanks.