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VBBT Tournament Winners – 20182018-11-15T10:14:05+00:00

2018 VBBT Tournament Winners

The 15th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament wrapped up Saturday night and closed the chapter on a historic event. A record 80 boats competed this year for a new benchmark $620,000 in prize money. For the first time, two blue marlin were weighed and one of them made a huge difference for the Manteo, North Carolina team, Waste Knot. Angler Ed Groce boated a 683-pound blue and combined with five white marlin releases, gave the team the top score (1,033 points) and the top payout, $282,000.

15th Annual | August 22-25, 2018 | 80 Teams | $620,000 Cash Awards

 

Catch Statistics

324 Billfish Caught, 322 Released—17 blue marlin, 292 white marlin, 13 spearfish
Blue Marlin Weighed—683.0, 440.0 lbs.
5 Gamefish Caught—3 dolphin, 2 yellowfin tuna

Winners

TOP FIVE TEAMS
 #BOATCAPTAINWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1Waste KnotBarry Sawyer1,033 points / 5 wm; 683 lb. bm$60,000
 2Fin PlannerChris Gornell840 points / 12 wm$36,000
 3Poor GirlJack O'Donnell700 points / 10 wm (on time)$24,000
 4SeaHoundMike King700 points / 8 wm, 2 bmtrophy
 5WaverunnerPat Foster560 points / 6 wm, 1 bm, 1 sptrophy
BILLFISH JACKPOT
 #BOATCAPTAINWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1Waste KnotPat Foster1,033 points / 5 wm; 683 lb. bm$40,000
 2Fin PlannerChris Gornell840 points / 12 wm$24,000
 3Poor GirlBarry Sawyer700 points / 10 wm (on time)$16,000
HIGH ROLLERS JACKPOT
 #BOATCAPTAINWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1Waste KnotPat Foster1,033 points / 5 wm; 683 lb. bm$60,000
 2Fin PlannerChris Gornell840 points / 12 wm$36,000
 3Poor GirlBarry Sawyer700 points / 10 wm (on time)$24,000
BILLFISH DAILY JACKPOT
DAYBOATCAPTAINWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1-1stNo Boats Fished
 1-2ndNo Boats Fished
 2-1stWaverunnerPat Foster490 points / 5 wm, 1 bm, 1 sp$42,000
 2-2ndFin PlannerChris Gornell840 points / 12 wm$18,000
 3-1stWaste KnotBarry Sawyer683 points / 683 lb. bm$42,000
 3-2ndSeaHoundMike King420 points / 6 wm$18,000
BLUE MARLIN JACKPOT (WINNER TAKES ALL)
 #BOATCAPTAINWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1Waste KnotBarry Sawyer683-pound blue marlin$80,000
CHARITY MYSTERY FISH
 DAYBOATWINNING CATCHAWARD
 1No Boats Fished
 2Sea I Seadrawing$30,000
 3Croupierdrawing$30,000
GAMEFISH DIVISION
SPECIESANGLERBOATWEIGHTAWARD
TOP DOLPHINMickey CarterDesperado (NC)13.5 lbs.$20,000
TOP TUNAJohn StukelTop Hooker48.0 lbs.$20,000
TOP WAHOOno wahoo weighed
TOP ANGLER AWARDS
AWARDANGLERBOATWINNING CATCH
JUNIOR (billfish)Liam Wilcox (8)Croupier4 wm
LADY ANGLERStacy AllenWall Hanger4 wm
OVERALL ANGLEREd GroceWaste Knot683 lb. bm
RELEASE ANGLERSean O'DonnellPoor Girl5 wm
TEAM & MEMORIAL AWARDS
TOP CREWWaste Knot, Capt. Barry Sawyer, Mates Nick Gowitzki & Will Ross
WAYNE McLESKEY TOP BOAT AWARDWaste Knot
JOEL WEBB MEMORIAL TOP MATELucas Jolly on Point Runner
CASH AWARDS BY BOAT
BOATAWARDSPURSE
Waste Knot 1st Place Boat, Billfish, High Roller & Blue Marlin Jackpots, Day 3 Billfish Daily$282,000
Fin Planner 2nd Place Boat, Billfish & High Roller Jackpots, Day 2 Billfish Daily$114,000
Poor Girl 3rd Place Boat, Billfish & High Roller Jackpots$64,000
Waverunner 5th Place Boat, 1st Place Day 2 Billfish Daily$42,000
Sea I Sea Day 2 Mystery Fish$30,000
Croupier Day 3 Mystery Fish$30,000
Desperado (NC) Top Dolphin$20,000
Top Hooker Top Tuna$20,000
SeaHound 4th Place Boat, 2nd Place Day 3 Billfish Daily$18,000