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CAP CANA BILLFISH SHOOTOUT 2011
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Caroline Tops in Cap Cana Shootout

May 31-June 5, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Capt. Ronnie Fields and his team on the 59-foot Spencer Caroline slid into first place on Day Two of the International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout and never let go of the lead. It’s the second year in a row that Fields has won the top spot in the tournament. He won the 2010 event on Gray Ingram’s Big Oh.

“We just stayed consistent,” Fields said. “The crew did a great job making the most of every bite we got.”

The bite did not disappoint the fleet who made the journey to the eastern end of the Dominican Republic. Caroline finished with an impressive tally of 15 white marlin releases and one blue dog. They caught all their fish on circle hooks, adding an additional 10 points per catch. White marlin are worth 200 points in the tournament while blues score 500.

Conditions on Day One were ideal as the fleet headed northeast out of Cap Cana Marina to the area around Macao Bank. Action had been good leading up to the tournament with boats scoring white and blue marlin and Prime Time made the most of it. Capt. Butch Cox and crew caught seven whites on the day to take home the daily. Caramba sat in second place with 1,350 points while Blue Bird was in third with 1,260. The smallest boat in the tournament, the 32-foot Marlin Chaser was in fourth place after Day One, releasing a blue and a white for 700 points. The 11-boat fleet caught 30 whites, three blues and one sailfish on the day.

Caroline had an epic day on Day Two of the Shootout, scoring five whites and a blue marlin release to score 1,560 points on the day and make the leap from fifth place to first. Prime Time released a blue and a white on the day to hold onto second place. Caramba released two whites and moved into third. The fleet kept up it’s impressive pace, releasing 27 white marlin, two blues and a sailfish on Day Two.

The lay day took place after the second day of fishing and several crews decided to take part in the first-annual Cap Cana Cookoff sponsored by the food blog, www.yourmeattooth.com. Despite some drizzly conditions, three teams showed up with fantastic food for judging and to share with the other competitors and observers. Hans Mangual and Carlos Garcia received top honors for their team’s version of the Cuban dish “gallinita rellera.” They wowed the judges with a beautiful snapper served whole and stuffed with squid risotto. It did not last long as everyone dove in for seconds and thirds. Marlin Chaser’s “not-so-chili chili” finished in second place and Team Teke won third for their smoked dorado and smoked wahoo.

Blue Bird soared into action on the final day of fishing and nearly overtook Caroline for the lead. Blue Bird landed nine white marlin on the day to win the daily and move into second place overall. Caroline finished on top with 3,660 points, less than one fish ahead of Blue Bird. Prime Time took third with 3,330 points. Over the three days of fishing, the 11-boat fleet released 96 whites, seven blues and two sails.

— Charlie Levine

CAP CANA BILLFISH SHOOTOUT 2011
2011 SCOREBOARD
RANKBOATPTS
1Caroline3660
2Blue Bird3570
3Prime Time3330
450/503140
5Tomahawk2520
6Caramba1770
7Peje1770
8Marlin Chaser1600
9Barbie1050
10Black Gold1050
11Gulf Rascal630
 

RANKANGLERBOATPTS
1David ClappPrime Time 1560
2Harold VincenteBlue Bird 1470
3Andy FrederickMarlin Chaser 1400
4Gray IngramCaroline1350
5Jorge Muro "Pollo"Blue Bird 1260
6Juan Carlos Puig50/50 1250
7Watson CavinessCaroline 1050
8Taylor Beckford 6/1Tomahawk 1050
9Cuchi RicartCaramba930
10Federico Lopez Sr.50/50 840
11Raul Rodriguez50/50630
12Carlos GarciaPeje720
13Dan PimentalPrime Time720
  
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