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VBBT History2018-05-01T14:55:43+00:00

History

The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament was started in 2004 with the dual goals of raising funds for youth and marine organizations and highlighting the phenomenal fishing off Virginia Beach, with great results. Funds raised for charity are nearing the $1 million mark, and we now have a waiting list of teams wanting to join in the fun and fishing that have become our trademark.

Top Teams Throughout the Years

YearBoatHome PortCaptainPoints / Billfish
2017Qualifier, Paul Mann 57Oregon Inlet, NCFin Gaddy941 / 3 (1 weighed at 801 lbs)
2016A-Salt Weapon, Paul Mann 56Manteo, NCDennis Endee1,610 / 23
2015Weldor's Ark, Jarrett Bay 55Morehead City, NCMike Taylor490 (on time) / 7
2014Uno Mas, Bayliss 68FloridaSean Gallagher1,050 / 15
2013Tarheel, Paul Mann 54Wanchese, NCJohn Bayliss1,540 / 22
2012Double B, Tim Winter 62Manteo, NCHarry Smith560 (on time) / 8
2011Waterman, Hudson 55Virginia Beach, VAMike Standing910 / 13
2010Gee Daddy, Ocean Yacht 62Virginia Beach, VAGarrett Holden630 (on time) / 9
2009Hunter, Paul Mann 65Manteo, NCWalt Spruill840 / 12
2008Swordfish, Bobby Sullivan 53Hatteras, NCJim Ashley420 (on time) / 6
2007Hunter, Paul Mann 65Manteo, NCWalt Spruill840 / 12
2006Pursuer, Viking 48Virginia Beach, VARay Temple630 / 9
2005Waverunner, Rose Brothers 50Virginia Beach, VAPat Foster280 (on time) / 4
2004Harbor Lights, Viking 56Hampton, VACarl Beale490 / 7

Tournament Statistics

YearStatistics

2017

75 Teams, 445 Anglers, $525,500 in Cash Awards
264 Billfish Caught, 263 Released—13 blue marlin, 218 white marlin, 21 sailfish, 12 spearfish
1 Blue Marlin Weighed—801.0 lbs.
15 Gamefish Caught—4 dolphin, 8 yellowfin tuna, 3 wahoo

2016

75 Teams, 423 Anglers, $544,500 in Cash Awards
456 Billfish Caught, 456 Released—19 blue marlin, 144 white marlin, 280 sailfish, 13 spearfish
11 Gamefish Caught—10 dolphin, 1 wahoo

2015

75 Teams, 384 Anglers, $418,500 in Cash Awards
182 Billfish Caught, 182 Released—17 blue marlin, 154 white marlin, 9 sailfish, 2 spearfish
14 Gamefish Caught—7 dolphin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 6 wahoo

2014

75 Teams, 443 Anglers, $424,000 in Cash Awards
433 Billfish Caught, 433 Released—15 blue marlin, 357 white marlin, 61 sailfish
15 Gamefish Caught—11 dolphin, 4 wahoo

2013

69 Teams, 390 Anglers, $387,000 in Cash Awards
483 Billfish Caught, 483 Released—13 blue marlin, 463 white marlin, 7 sailfish
10 Gamefish Caught—5 dolphin, 2 yellowfin tuna, 3 wahoo

2012

66 Teams, 346 Anglers, $364,000 in Cash Awards
180 Billfish Caught, 180 Released—6 blue marlin, 162 white marlin, 12 sailfish
30 Gamefish Caught—7 dolphin, 21 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo

2011

45 Teams, 236 Anglers, $244,500 in Cash Awards
175 Billfish Caught, 175 Released—2 blue marlin, 165 white marlin, 8 sailfish
5 Gamefish Caught—3 dolphin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 1 wahoo

2010

69 Teams, 472 Anglers, $355,000 in Cash Awards
188 Billfish Caught, 188 Released—12 blue marlin, 170 white marlin, 3 sailfish, 3 spearfish
14 Gamefish Caught—4 dolphin, 6 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo

2009

53 Teams, 372 Anglers, $285,000 in Cash Awards
194 Billfish Caught, 194 Released—2 blue marlin, 32 white marlin, 160 sailfish
6 Gamefish Caught—3 dolphin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 2 wahoo

2008

67 Teams, 408 Anglers, $355,000 in Cash Awards
96 Billfish Caught, 96 Released—3 blue marlin, 92 white marlin, 1 sailfish
8 Gamefish Caught—5 dolphin, 2 bigeye tuna, 1 wahoo

2007

73 Teams, 458 Anglers, $388,500 in Cash Awards
191 Billfish Caught, 191 Released—13 blue marlin, 167 white marlin, 7 sailfish, 4 spearfish
17 Gamefish Caught—4 dolphin, 9 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo

2006

53 Teams, 330 Anglers, $273,000 in Cash Awards
74 Billfish Caught, 74 Released—2 blue marlin, 69 white marlin, 3 sailfish
11 Gamefish Caught—6 dolphin, 1 yellowfin tuna, 4 wahoo

2005

42 Teams, 226 Anglers, $234,000 in Cash Awards
38 Billfish Caught, 38 Released—2 blue marlin, 33 white marlin, 1 sailfish, 2 spearfish
28 Gamefish Caught—10 dolphin, 1 longfin tuna, 12 yellowfin tuna, 5 wahoo

2004

42 Teams, 231 Anglers, $213,500 in Cash Awards
55 Billfish Caught, 54 Released—7 blue marlin, 48 white marlin
1 Blue Marlin Weighed—582.0 lbs.
14 Gamefish Caught—3 dolphin, 6 yellowfin tuna, 5 wahoo

Current Year Information

DATES: Wednesday, August 22 – Saturday, August 25, 2018
HOST FACILITY: Southside Marina
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, Virginia USA
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 568, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
SHIPPING ADDRESS: 524 Winston Salem Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
CONTACT: Paula Owen, Tournament Director
PHONE: 757-652-8409
FAX: 757-428-5935
EMAIL: paula@vbbt.com / fwm3650@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.vbbt.com
ENTRY FEE: $10,500
ENTRY LIMITS: limited to 75 teams, previous year’s teams have first right of refusal, open to private & charter boats
TARGET SPECIES: blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, spearfish, tuna, dolphin and wahoo
FORMAT: modified release: 110” or 400 lb. minimum on blue marlin, release only on all other billfish species
ANGLING RULES: IGFA saltwater equipment and angling rules are followed with exceptions outlined in the rules
TOURNAMENT SERIES AFFILIATIONS: none
CHARITIES SUPPORTED: Achievable Dreams, Boys and Girls Club of Southside and Peninsula, Stop Abuse, Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation
PUBLICATIONS: annual tournament program published by Liskey Printing, Norfolk, VA

History

TOURNAMENT STARTED IN: 2004
FIRST YEAR STATISTICS: 42 teams, 231 anglers, $213,500 cash awards
2017 STATISTICS: 75 teams, 541 anglers, $525,500 cash awards
HIGHEST PURSE PAID TO DATE: $544,500 in 2016
HIGHEST PURSE PAID TO DATE TO A SINGLE TEAM: $244,500 in 2016 to A-Salt Weapon for 1st Place Team (23 sailfish)
HIGHEST NUMBER OF BOATS PARTICIPATING TO DATE: 75 in 2017
BEST YEAR FISHING TO DATE: 2013 – 483 billfish released
OTHER: only two blue marlin have been weighed in the tournament’s history (2004, 2017)
DESCRIPTION: The VBBT is part of the Virginia Beach Billfish Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving back to the community through youth and marine related charities—over $650,000 has been donated to date. Started in 2004 to highlight the often-overlooked fishing opportunities off Virginia Beach, the VBBT is the area’s best known big game fishing tournament with a focus on fun, conservation and charity. Over the years the tournament has become famous for its evening dock parties which feature 5-star dinners, a top shelf bar and rockin’ live music. An expected 75 teams compete for over $500,000 in cash awards each year, and in addition to Top Boat awards there are awards for Top Lady and Top Juniors. The tournament is a family-oriented event and many family activities are available in Virginia Beach.

Record Fish

BLUE MARLIN (2017) — 801.0 lbs., Qualifier, 57 ft. Paul Mann
Capt. Fin Gaddy from Manteo, North Carolina USA; angler Craig Revere from Hartfield, Virginia USA

DOLPHIN (2009) — 52.1 lbs., Big Oh, 63 ft. Ricky Scarborough
Capt. Ronnie Fields from Lake Park, Florida USA; angler Tim Lanahan from North Palm Beach, Florida USA

TUNA (2008) — 147.7 lb. bigeye, Skirt Chaser, 54 ft. Buddy Cannady
Capt. Barry Daniels from Wanchese, North Carolina USA; angler Shane Moore from Jarrettsville, Maryland USA

WAHOO (2005) —77.8 lbs., Huntress, 59 ft. Ricky Scarborough
Capt. Bill McAllister from Richmond, Virginia USA; angler Preston Smith from Manakin, Virginia USA

2017 Tournament Participants

ALEXIS……………………………………………………. Viking 92′
ANN WARRICK…………………………………. Paul Mann 76′
ANTICIPATION……………………………… Paul Spencer 61′
A-SALT WEAPON……………………………… Paul Mann 56′
BACKLASH…………………………………………….. Purdue 56′
BB………………………………………………………….. Viking 65′
BI-OP-SEA…………………………………….. Paul Spencer 59′
BUILDER’S CHOICE…………………………… Jarrett Bay 64′
CANYON EXPRESS………………………………….. Bayliss 57′
CAPT. CHERYL………………………….. Buddy Cannady 56′
CARRISMA……………………………………. Ocean Yacht 55′
CHASIN TAIL………………………………………….. Bayliss 68′
CONTANGO……………………………………………. Viking 52′
COTTON PICKER…………………. Heritage Boatworks 50′
COVERAGE……………………………………… Sportsman 61′
CUTTIN’ UP…………………………………………….. Viking 52′
DAY MAKER…………………………….. B&D Boatworks 58′
DELLA ANN…………………………………… Paul Spencer 61′
DELTA DAWN……………………….. Island Boat Works 57′
DESPERADO (NC)………………………….. Taylor Made 56′
DESPERADO (VA)……………………… B&D Boatworks 60′
DIAMOND GIRL…………………………….. Paul Spencer 61′
ELECTRIC BILL………………………………. Paul Spencer 60′
EVELYN KENNEDY………………… Ricky Scarborough 48′
EYE CATCHER………………………………….. Garlington 61′
FENDER BENDER……………………………… Jarrett Bay 55′
FISHAHOLIC………………………………….. Paul Spencer 61′
FREESTYLE…………………………………………. Blackwell 61′
HAPHAZARD………………………………….. Billy Holton 61′
HOME RUN………………………………….. Paul Spencer 60′
INSTIGATOR………………………………………. Blackwell 57′
JABEZ……………………………………………… Jarrett Bay 56′
JUGGERNAUT………………………………………. Custom 36′
JUST RIGHT…………………………………………….. Viking 56′
KATHERINE ANNE…………………… Custom Carolina 48′
LEGACY……………………………………… Bobby Sullivan 57′
MCKAY ELIZABETH……………………………… Deadrise 46′
MICABE…………………………………………… Jarrett Bay 55′
MIMI………………………………………………. Garlington 61′
OBSESSION…………………………….. Sheldon Midgett 55′
OUTLAW………………………………. Island Boat Works 57′
PIRACY………………………………………………. Shearline 61′
PLANE SIMPLE……………………………… Paul Spencer 70′
POINT RUNNER……………………………………. Guthrie 60′
POOR GIRL………………………………………. Paul Mann 65′
QUALIFIER………………………………………. Paul Mann 57′
REBEL………………………………………… Ritchie Howell 60′
REELIN N DEALIN……………………………….. Blackwell 62′
RIGGED UP……………………………………… Omie Tillet 54′
SAFARI……………………………………………. Garlington 61′
SAGA…………………………………… Ricky Scarborough 60′
SALLY GIRL…………………………… Ricky Scarborough 57′
SANDMAN……………………………………. Ocean Yacht 46′
SEA BREEZE……………………………….. Bobby Sullivan 58′
SEA I SEA……………………………………………….. Viking 72′
SEA STRIKER……………………………………. Jarrett Bay 61′
SEA TOY……………………………………….. Paul Spencer 59′
SEA TRADER……………………………………….. Hatteras 50′
SENSATION……………………………………… Jarrett Bay 52′
SKILIGAL………………………………….. Buddy Cannady 52′
SKIRT CHASER………………………….. Buddy Cannady 53′
SMOKER………………………………………… Irvin Forbes 58′
SNIPER……………………………………………. Paul Mann 58′
STARFLITE……………………………………….. Jarrett Bay 54′
STREAM WEAVER…………………………. Paul Spencer 60′
TIPPECANOE…………………………………………… Viking 56′
TOAST………………………………………… Dean Johnson 57′
TOP HOOKER…………………………………….. Blackwell 61′
VICTORY LAP………………………………………….. Viking 61′
WASTE KNOT……………………………….. Sunny Briggs 56′
WATERMAN………………………… Ricky Scarborough 63′
WAVERUNNER………………………….. Bobby Sullivan 53′
WELDOR’S ARK………………………………… Jarrett Bay 55′
WHITE EAGLE…………………………………….. Blackwell 50′
WIRED UP………………………………………. Tim Winter 62′