By Russ Lay on October 10, 2012The Oregon Inlet Billfish RoundUp got off to what might seem a slow start with a small field of boats for the inaugural event.
“Every event starts somewhere,” stated director and owner Heather Maxwell.
“Our goals were to provide a professionally run event with outstanding service that would take advantage of Oregon Inlet’s phenominal fishing and our unique southern hospitality,” Maxwell said.
Those goals were met over the three-day event plus some, as the tournament raised over $11,000 for the Shriner’s Childrens Hospitals.
Participants released 46 whites, 2 blues and 4 sailfish vieing for a $42,000 100% payout purse.
The event boasts a high minimum weight and no blue marlin were killed.
That jackpot reverted back to blue marlin release points, while the High Point Jackpot was determined by combined release points and the Top Boat on white marlin points only.
Each evening, guests enjoyed phenomenal dinners and a show by national recording artist Colton James.
“It’s an interesting breakdown and enables the purse to be distributed among more teams”, says Maxwell. No wahoo were caught so that purse was distributed between dolphin and wahoo winners.
Team Shark Byte, a 73’ Bayliss hailing from Rumson, NJ, Pete Cherasia, Nick Rauco, Dickie Campbell, mate Kyle Francis and Capt. Rich Barrett won top boat overall with 16 whites.
The boys also swept the meatfish, took first in the blue marlin category, had two dailies and won the High Point jackpot with 16 whites, 1 blue and 1 sail for 1800 points, and a total prize of $32,200.
Second place went to Stream Weaver, a 60’ Paul Spencer from Wilmington, NC and Capt. Mike King with 15 whites released, and third place went to local 59’ Paul Spencer, Bi Op Sea and Capt. Jesse Granitzki with 10 whites.
The staff and volunteers would like to thank all participants, sponsors and guests, and echo the sentiments of everyone there…The OIBR can get bigger but not much better.
The 2013 event will be held Sept. 11 through 14.
Visit www.fishoregoninlet.com for more information.