The 54′ Jarrett Bay, Chainlink recently took home first place in the 2011 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament with 7 white marlin released in two days. The Cape Fear tournament is run out of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and this year’s fleet consisted of 18 of the top billfishing teams in the region.
This 3-day event features two fishing days and one lay day, but it always seems to provide plenty of action – and this year Day 2 was when the fireworks took place. After each boat made one release on Day 1, both the Chainlink & Trophy exploded with action Friday morning. Chainlink was the first on the board for the day with a dual white marlin release at 8:51 with Trophy following suit with a white release an hour later. The Chainlink crew responded with four whites successfully released within 40 minutes of noon. Trophy stormed back late in the afternoon with three sails and white, leading to both boats sharing a 1200 point tie. The Chainlink took the 2011 title and nearly $30,000 prize money on earliest release time, as-is tournament rules. Peggy finished third with 400 points from a single blue marlin release.
We’re extremely proud and excited for the Chainlink and her (all-female) fishing team – great work ladies!