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Old 07-16-2018, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Shockwave Wins the Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Shockwave Wins the 2018 Blue Marlin Grand Championship
with 795.6-Pound Blue


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The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama:

The crew of Shockwave will never be superstitious about Friday the 13th again. The Orange Beach team brought a 795.2-pound blue marlin to the scales Friday evening and it held on to win the 2018 Blue Marlin Grand Championship and earn the team a payout of $371,250. Brien Blakeney is the owner of the 64 Viking and his son, Austin, was the angler who whipped the trophy-winning catch. Captain Marco Gaona is the skipper, Lawton Shaffer is the mate and Chris Head was the other angler. Shockwave’s fish was caught on a live bait and subdued after a 4.5-hour battle on 100-pound test monofilament with a 200-pound test leader.

“It’s prestigious to win any tournament, but this was nice to do it here at home with family and friends looking on,” Gaona said before Sunday’s awards ceremony. “We were fishing against the best teams in the Gulf of Mexico. It makes me happy for the owners for all the effort and expense they put into the sport. It’s a very family oriented team.”

Done Deal, a 70 Viking owned by Jon Gonsoulin and run by Capt. Jason Buck, settled for second place in the tournament standings but came away with the biggest share of the $1.8 million in overall prize money. Katie Gonsoulin, Jon’s daughter, fought the 640.8-pound blue for eight hours before it was finally boated. Done Deal, with mate Nick Borell and crew members Scott Sullivan, Vic Lott, Wilks Hommock, Donnie Rouse and Jeff Landry, took home a check totaling $612,000 for the second-place finish in the weight division, first in Release and multiple optional category winnings. That payout is one of the largest ever for a multi-day tournament in Gulf sport-fishing history. Katie was also named the Top Lady Angler for 2018. Done Deal’s release tally included four blues and a white.

Breathe Easy, a 68 Viking owned by Matt McDonald with Capt. Patrick Ivie at the helm, earned the third six-figure payday for the 2018 event. Ivie, angler Rick Olsen and the team brought a 598.2-pound blue to the scales Saturday evening. It took third place honors and multiple optional categories, good for $229,725.

Reel Addiction won $61,200 for its 499.6-pound blue and a 140-pound yellowfin, while Quick Time settled for $36,000 for a 507 blue, the first fish weighed on Friday morning. Melanie won $89,235 for its releases and Team Galati pocketed $33,795. Chasin’ Tail and Tenacious also won optional prize money in the release division.

Carib set a new BMGC tournament record when Larry Wireman muscled a 192.2-pound yellowfin tuna to the transom. That fish was worth $64,575. Nick Pratt (Hauling Away) had the second largest tuna at 185.2 pounds, followed by Ashley Faulkner (El Gancho) at 158.6 pounds.

Chris Williams, fishing aboard REHAB, caught the biggest dolphin of the week, a 45-pounder, good for a $17,100 payout. Drew Marshall and the Traders Hill team cashed in with optional money on a dolphin weighing 42.6 pounds and Scott Cooper on CE rounded out the division with a 39.8-pound bull.

Southern Miss and Billy Richardson topped the wahoo category with a 56.6-pound catch. Joey Difatta on Gunfighter was second with 49 pounds, followed by Neal Foster (Intense) at 34.6 pounds.

A record 76 boats competed in the 7th annual version of this popular—and last—stop on the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship circuit. A total of 51 blue marlin were caught with eight weighed. Five white marlin were also released during 2.5 days of fishing.

At the captains’ meeting Wednesday night, Dewey Blaylock was honored as the Gulf Legends recipient for 2018. Blaylock works as a release video judge for the Grand Championship and is also an IGFA Tournament Observer. He has been voluntarily working Gulf tournaments for decades. The BMGC also has a charitable component. To date, the tournament has raised $120,000 in donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I asked you to light up the Flaming Marlins at weigh-in, and you did—in a big way!” Tournament Director Scott Burt told the teams at the awards ceremony. “Great job. Thanks to all of you for fishing with us and we look forward to seeing everyone again for the 2019 Blue Marlin Grand Championship, the Greatest Show in Sportfishing.”

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I watched four hours of the weigh in on live tv, I enjoyed it

Listening to Katie’s 8 hour fight story was the highlight for me
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Dang good money!!! Congrats to em!
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Wife and I watched the whole thing.
Congrats to the winning teams.
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How many big Marlin killed in those tournaments is too many?
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How many big Marlin killed in those tournaments is too many?
Who cares... they caught like 40 of them stupid things. No shortage of em.

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Bring back the dang Shark tournaments...there are way too many of those savages
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I can understand it... but every year they increase the size limit on this tournament. What is it now, 107"? These guys have figured out this live baiting, thus they are catching a lot more compared to the days of dragging mop heads and bowling pins around the beer can. With better techniques, there will be more fish caught.

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They also added a fourth place slot encouraging more fish to be killed and hung at the dock offsetting the intended benefit of increasing the minimum limit. The live baiting is more effective and that is not all good. I’d appreciate if they were not working so hard to kill the best Marlin genes in the gulf.

I’m not against bringing a fish back to the dock, but the sole purpose for killing these Marlin is to hang them at the dock for people to gawk at them.
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