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Big Game Club Announces Wahoo Smackdown VI

The early bird catches the wahoo? Well that might be true in some fishing circles, but the advantage of registering early for the upcoming Wahoo Smackdown VI hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club amounts to a savings of $250.

Tournament Director Chase Camacho today announced the early bird savings for those registering before December 31st.

“It's currently $1,250 per boat entry (which includes four anglers) and will go up in January,” said Camacho. “Based on our record 29 boat turnout in November we already have several boats registered for Wahoo Smackdown VI, scheduled for February 5-7. Everyone wants to fish the Smackdown tournaments.”

Returning to the tournament series is the celebrated marine wildlife artist and accomplished angler Carey Chen, who has been named Grand Marshal for Wahoo Smackdown VI. Chen has again been commissioned to “paint a trophy” that will be awarded to the top team for Smackdown VI. A Carey Chen original is typically valued at $15,000 or more.

Joining with Chen as “Official Tournament Photographer” is Pat Ford, an avid angler whose dramatic action shots can be found on the covers of sportfishing magazines around the world. Ford is a retired Trial Lawyer who has developed a second career in marine oriented photography and has published two books “The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy: and “Fly Fishing Day Dreams”.

Wahoo Smackdown V, held this past November, attracted a record 29 boats. Team “Cash Out” took heaviest fish honors with 47.6 pounds. Heaviest five fish over two days trophy went to team “Fishin A Loan”, and Heaviest Fish (First Day) winners were team “Snow Cone's Revenge.”

“We do know there are some record-sized wahoo swimming in the stream off Bimini,” said Camacho. “In November fishermen landed a huge 122.7 pounder off Bimini, but because they used an electric reel it disqualified a potential IGFA World Record fish.”

Camacho at the start of Smackdown V released new final rules for the two-day Smackdown series increasing fishing limits from 60 to 75 miles on Day One and unlimited miles on the Final Day (boats must remain in Bahamian Waters).

Registered checkout starts at 5:15 am both days, lines in at 4:30 and back at the dock at 5 pm. Teams can weigh up to five fish per boat. Camacho said a Tournament Committee will continue to review tournament rules for the Wahoo Smackdown series as it continues to develop.

For information regarding the Wahoo Smackdown VI tournament and to register online, please go to http://www.biggameclubbimini.com/big-game-tournament.htm or call (800) 867-4764 or email dweber@biggameclubbimini.com.

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