|Leg 2 of the Signature Triple Crown, presented by Chantilly Air and Los Sueños Resort and Marina saw the release of 1,075 billfish, including 22 marlin and 1,053 sails by the 38 participating teams, comprised of 183 individual anglers. Winners were Uno Mas in first with 4,800 points (33 sails, 3 marlin), Smooth Move in second with 4,700 points on time (37 sails and 2 marlin), over Max Bet in third also on time with 4,700 points (47 sails) over Blue Eagle. What an incredibly tight finish! The women of the Ladies Only Tournament did fantastic the Tuesday before as well, with the 11 teams releasing 129 billfish (126 sails, 3 marlin). It was D.A. Sea that took first this time around with 2,200 points (22 sails), followed by Dragin Fly in second with 1,700 points (12 sails, 1 marlin), and Fish Tank in third with 1,400 points (14 sails).|
|Fish Tank, the second place winner from Leg 1 started the tournament off on DAY 1 with a sailfish release six minutes after lines in at 8:00 am. Two hours later the teams had gone on to release 141 more billfish (141 sails and 1 marlin) and it was Pez Collector in first with 900 points, followed by Tarheel with 800 points, and Game Changer with 700 points. Tarheel moved to first with a sail at 10:28 am, but was bumped out of the top spot by Pez Collector with a marlin at 10:53 am. Vaquero came from behind and moved from seventh to first with a triple sailfish release at 11:41 am, where they remained as of the noon update with 1,100 points, followed by Pez Collector also with 1,100 points, and Tarheel with 1,000 points. As it goes, there was some jostling of positions in the afternoon as well, with Team Galati jumping to second at 2:37 pm and then to first at 2:43 pm, and at the end of the day it was Fish Tank who also ended the day, with the last fish (a sail) released at 4:03 pm. Blue Eagle finished in first on time, achieving 1,800 points (18 sails) just one minute before Vaquero, also with 1,800 points (18 sails), and Team Galati finishing in third with 1,600 points (16 sails). |
DAY 2 got off to a quick start with a double sailfish release by Max Bet at 8:04 am and by 10:00 am the fleet had released 84 sails for the day. As of the 10:00 am update, Vaquero was sitting in first with 2,500 points, followed by Team Galati with 2,000 points, on time over Fish Tank with 2,000 points. By midday Team Galati found their way to second with 2,200 points on time over Max Bet, both behind Vaquero now with 2,700 points. Just two hours later the teams were gaining on Vaquero’s now 2,800 points. Tied for points, Smooth Move in second, and Blue Eagle in third, were beat on time. Smooth Move ended the day in first though after releasing 2 marlin, which when added to their 18 sails gave them 3,300 points. They were followed by Vaquero with 3,200 points and Blue Eagle in third with 3,100 points. Day 2 saw a total of 326 billfish releases, including 312 sails and 14 marlin.
DAY 3, the third and final day got off to a slow start, with the first fish called out 8 minutes after lines in by Mjolnir. That’s not to say that things didn’t pick up though, since by 10:00 the teams had released 83 sails and 2 marlin, or 767 billfish overall. Blue Eagle moved to first on time with 3,700 points, over Max Bet in second with 3,700 points, followed by Smooth Move with 3,500 points. It was the same three names on the leaderboard at noon, albeit in a different order – Smooth Move was in first with 4,000 points, now followed by Max Bet with 3,900 points, and then Blue Eagle in third with 3,900 points as well. The excitement was palpable in the last hour of the day when Uno Mas shot from fifth to first at 3:01 pm with a marlin release, Smooth Move tied with them on points 9 minutes later with a sailfish release. Fish Tank released a double at 3:15 pm taking them to second. Blue Eagle was tied for first on points with Uno Mas 3:17 pm, but Uno Mas moved ahead with a sail at 3:28 pm. Fish Tank snuck to fourth with a sail just half an hour before lines out, but in the end it was Uno Mas that kept their first place position, with 4,800 points (33 sails, 3 marlin) over the three days of competition, followed by Smooth Move with 4,700 points (37 sails, 2 marlin) in second on time, and Max Bet in third, also with 4,700 points (47 sails) on time, over Blue Eagle.
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|SIGNATURE TRIPLE CROWN WINNER’S CIRCLE|
|Thank you to Gray Taxidermy for the beautiful trophies, Cabo Unico for the gorgeous personalized bottles (they are really so much more than “bottles”) of Mexican tequila, Flor de Caña for the tasty bottles of rum, Costa for the sunglasses for each of the winning anglers, and Steve Goione for this year’s tournament art. Your prizes add to the enjoyment of a leaderboard finish.|
|1ST PLACE: UNO MAS|
|2ND PLACE: SMOOTH MOVE|
|3RD PLACE: MAX BET|
|TOP ANGLER: ANTHONY WEBER, MAX BET |
Anthony Weber was the top angler this leg out of all participating anglers, releasing 20 sails for 2,000 individual points.
|2021 TOURNAMENT DATES |
January: Ladies Only 19th, Triple Crown 20-23
February: Ladies Only 23rd, Triple Crown 24-27
NEXT March: Ladies Only 16th, Triple Crown 17-20
Many people have been requesting the tournament dates for the 2022 Signature Triple Crown and Ladies Only Tournaments. Ta da!
2022 TOURNAMENT DATES
January: Ladies Only 25th, Triple Crown 26-29
February: Ladies Only 22nd, Triple Crown 23-26
March: Ladies Only 29th, Triple Crown 30Mar-2Apr