Upholding ‘Tradition’ on the Great Barrier Reef

Capt. Tim Richardson aboard the Tradition

Make your way down-under and take part in some epic fishing with Captain Tim Richardson of Tradition Charters. Captain Tim is a highly respected fisherman throughout the world and is renowned for his approach to catching fish; practicing tag and release. Captain Tim is proof that you can make a living doing what you love.

He has caught and weighed marlin in excess of 1000 lbs, and in March of this year had a day of fishing most people can only dream of – catching 14 blue marlin and releasing 10 off St. Lucia. His boat, the Tradition, is constructed specifically for big game fish.

A charter customer in the fight on the Tradition

Captain Tim has been a loyal ScaleMaster II 2000 customer for many years. I trust my IWS Scalemaster to be ready when we are chasing big fish on the Great Barrier Reef. Always accurate, even after years on the boat. I have it certified every year, and it has never been off! He has fished the Great Barrier Reef for more than 18 seasons during the past 20 years, won numerous tournaments and in 2006 was recognized by the Billfish Foundation for being the Top Tagging Captain for Pacific Black Marlin.

For more information on Captain Tim Richardson please go to www.traditioncharters.com

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Team Wound Up Takes First Place at 2011 Bermuda Billfish Blast

Bonnier’s Bermuda Billfish Blast wrapped up last week with 44 teams competing in the first leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Team “Wound Up” (see http://bbb11.catchstat.com/Team.aspx?tid=1711) took First Place in the Overall Standings, Winner Take All Level 1 and Winner Take All Level 2 with a total of 2,000 points. Michael Medeiros took the position of Top Angler for the tournament. You can check out the final scores at http://bbb11.catchstat.com/

Team Wound Up – Photo courtesy of CatchStat.com

Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director of the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship Series reported back to us that he’s in the middle of running 4 International tournaments in Bermuda and trying to catch up. Of course, we’re checking to see how the ScaleMaster II is performing in all this tournament action. “I have used the ScaleMaster scales exclusively for the past 17-years and literally weighed over 1,000 fish during that time.  The scales work great and are portable for easy travel.  Next week we continue the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship series with the centerpiece event called the Bermuda Big Game Classic.  Friends, family and the world can keep up with the action by going to http://www.BermudaBigGameClassic.com and clicking on the Live Online Scoring text.”

Thanks Dan!

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Shootout Results-Teams Go Back To Where It All Began

Derek Vanvranken from Team Megabyte with a ScaleMaster II 2000. Photo by Natalie Muccillo

The Harbor Island Weigh Station was buzzing in the final moments of the Typhoon Yellowtail Bloodydecks Shootout on June 25th. The men of the boat Megabyte were hoping that their fish would place them in the Tournament, waiting for the cutoff at 6pm. Travis Prewett of the Megabyte brought in a 21.6 lb yellowtail landing them in 7th place. The tournament organizers took the Shootout back to where it originally started in Mission Bay, and with entry fees reflective of that first tournament. The fish weren’t biting like everyone had hoped, but enough fish were brought in to compile 1st through 8th place.The field was only separated by a total of 2 lbs from top to bottom, making the competition fierce. The first place fish, at 23.3 lbs, was brought in by the boat Profish, netting them $11,260 in cash and $2,800 in prizes. Final numbers for entries saw 52 boats and 183 anglers competing in the 2011 Yellowtail Shootout.

For a complete list of prizes and winnings please go to http://www.yellowtailshootout.com/

1st Place – Profish – 23.3 lbs

2nd/3rd Place (tie) – Team Bite This and Team Biteme – 23.2 lbs

4th Place – Team Cheezburger – 22.6 lbs

5th Place – Team Biteme – 22.2 lbs

6th Place – Profish – 21.8 lbs

7th Place – Megabyte – 21.6 lbs

8th Place (Tie)– Cazador and Team Tigerblood – 21.3 lbs

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“Tight lines and good times” at the 2011 Bermuda Billfish Blast

The first leg of the Bermuda Triple Crown kicks off July 3-7 with the Bermuda Billfish Blast. This annual tournament brings fishermen from far and wide for this qualifying event, competing for big fish and points.  Participants in any of the three tournaments within the Triple Crown receive a spot in the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. With blue marlin weighing in at more than 500 pounds on average, these three tournaments that comprise the Bermuda Triple Crown are easily some of the most demanding and competitive in the world.

The boat Que Mas was the big winner in last years tournament with 5 blue releases, 1 white release, 2,700 points, a cash purse of $169,860, and an invitation to the IGFA Offshore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas.  If last years results are any indication of what this year could look like, it will be a thrilling tournament to witness.
Event Location: The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. Weigh-ins at the Barr’s Bay Park Waterfront.
July 3  Final registration, captains’ meeting and kickoff party at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel Harbourview Ballroom 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Captains’ meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m.
July 4-6 Fishing days: 8:30 a.m. start, 4:30 p.m. lines out. Open Bacardi Bar at weigh station starting at 4:30 p.m each day.
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A World Record Family

For the Arostegui Family, fishing is more than just a past time. It’s a sport, and one the entire family participates in together; Martin, Roberta, and their son Martini.  Not only do they take part, they catch World Record fish on a regular basis. Both Martin and Roberta Arostegui grace the list of World Records in the May/June issue of International Angler with multiple records awarded.

Roberta Arostegui has made a name for herself in the world of Female Anglers. She has won the International Women’s Fishing Association Anne Crowninshield Trophy for obtaining the most release points during the 2009 season. So it comes as no surprise to see her continue on her catching spree with pulling in a 350lb Black Marlin in April of this year.

Dr. Martin Arostegui and his son have put up impressive numbers in the World Record department as well.  Dr. Arostegui has over 200 records to date and his son Martini has over 80 records, with many years of fishing still to come. Martin continues to be active in searching for his next World Record fish. If you are familiar with fishing, you have heard of the Arosteguis. Arostegui has become synonymous with World Records.

The Arostegui family fishes out of Coral Gables, FL and are avid members of the IGFA.

Check out Dr. Arostegui’s recent adventure for another World Record in the Rainforest at http://worldwideanglermag.com/910-monsters-of-the-rainforest and some of his World Records at our Hall of Champions page at https://www.iws-scalemaster.com/hall-of-champions/

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