SHOE emerges victorious at 2015 Casa de Campo Blue Marlin Classic
It was the team from Florida aboard the 62’ Spencer Shoe who finished at the top of the leader board on the third and final day of this year’s Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Classic tournament, taking home a fortune in cash and luxury prizes.
Unusually strong currents greeted the tournament fleet on day one as they headed out to the fishing grounds off of Casa de Campo’s luxurious marina. At 9:22 am Blue Heaven broke the ice with the tournament’s first blue. That afternoon of the first day a battle ensued which was to continue until the final minutes of the final day between North Carolina’s Contango and Miami based Betsy with both boats releasing a pair of blue marlin. At lines out Contango held on to take the daily releasing their second blue ahead of Betsy.
Day two dawned much the same as the first with currents so strong that many of the boats reported that a number of the local artisanal fleet’s FADs (Floating Aggregate Devices) were being pulled under the surface by the churning tides and could not be seen while others had disintegrated and scattered. A new battle broke out this day between Betsy and Shoe, releasing three blues a piece with the latter taking the daily by virtue of bonus points earned for releases registered on 30-pound-test line under tournament rules. Contango remained in the hunt with the release of a blue. That evening everyone feasted at the ‘Fiesta Latina’ in Altos de Chavon to the sounds of salsa and merengue with delicious tapas including Spanish Serrano Pata Negra Ham courtesy of event sponsors Gastropolis, plus cocktails by Bermudez Rum and Dewar’s 12 Year Old Scotch.
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March 31, 2015
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