"SANDMAN" DOMINATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH
SHOOTOUT AT CAP CANA
It wasnít long before the radio started crackling with reports of releases after the signal for lines-in
on day one, Friday June 6th, and it continued that way throughout the four days of competition at this
yearís International Cap Cana Billfish Shootout. At lines-out on that first day the fleet of 19
tournament boats had released a total of 2 blue marlin, 33 whites and four sails with Puerto Ricoís
Peje in the lead one fish ahead of Sandman, Shark Byte, Singularis and Let It Be in the overall standings.
Day two dawned sunny with a light breeze out of the northeast and it turned out to be Sandmanís day
with them taking the lead by releasing three blue marlin and three whites by the end of the day giving
them a comfortable cushion of 1,020 points over second place Shark Byte while Peje held on to third one
fish behind second. A total of 32 white marlin and 7 blues were released on day two. That evening
Chivas Regal 12 year old Scotch hosted their annual White Party at the very elegant Dux Chivas Club.
The third day of fishing dawned much the same as the previous one with Sandman maintaining their lead
of over a thousand points. However, it was the team aboard Singularis which had an outstanding day
releasing 6 whites allowing them to leap frog over several boats and moving into second place while
Peje continued to hold on to third place. Let It Be also had a fabulous day releasing 3 whites, a blue
and a sail putting them in contention in the overall standings. The dayís totals came to 5 blue marlin,
39 whites and 2 sails. Evening festivities were held at Juanillo Beach where Bermudez Rum went all
out hosting the traditional Caribbean Rum Bash which included a performance by the Ministry of Tourismís
Folklore Dance Group, roast pork stuffed with rice and black beans and all the Bermudez Rum Mojitos you
could drink while guests danced into the wee hours. Truly the most fun filled party of the year!
Next day came the well deserved Lay Day when anglers, crews and observers got a chance to shop,
sightsee or enjoy the beach. On the night of the Lay Day the now famous Fourth Annual Cap Cana Shootout
Cook Off was held. Three recipes were submitted to the panel of judges and Peje, three time defending
champions, were dethroned by the team aboard Georgie Girl with their delicious Chicken Parmesan gourmet
recipe. Attendees were all able to try the different creations accompanied by fine wines courtesy of
Alvarez & Sanchez Distributors.
The fourth and final day of fishing was filled with excitement and awesome fishing. Arubaís team
Alina started the action by releasing their first blue of the day at 9:32AM and hooked their last blue
just before lines out ending the day with four blues and a white which propelled them from the middle
of the pack to second place overall. Meanwhile Sandman kept their lead by releasing four whites while
Singularis held on to third with three whites of their own. When it was all said and done a total of
166 billfish had been released in the tournament consisting of 25 blue marlin, 135 whites and 6 sailfish.
An average of 8.73 fish per boat.
Top overall boat was Floridaís Sandman earning them the Release Marine Step Box Trophy and they
also took First Place Team in the Chivas Regal Division. Angler James Turner got the most blues trophy
and Third Place High Point Angler in the the Chivas Division while Sandra McMillan was Top Lady
Angler and received the Mustad Silver Hook Trophy in the same division as Top Angler. All in all
they took home a very hefty amount of loot in cash and prizes.
Other winners in the Chivas Regal Division were Team Alina who came out of nowhere on the last day
to take Second Place while Singularis finished Third in the division and team member Jeff Stolarz got
Second Place High Point Indivicual Angler.
Top overall Angler was Pejeís Carlos Garcia who received the Mustad Silver Hook Trophy in the Bermudez
Rum Division and they were the First Place Team in that division as well. Also in the Bermudez Rum
Division were Second Place Team Bandolera with team member Luis Fernandez Junior taking Third Place
High Point Angler, while team Let It Be came in Third and team member Alex Baez won Second Place High
Point Angler. All three top teams in the Bermudez Rum Division hail from Puerto Rico.
Very special thanks go to all of our sponsors and specifically to our two main sponsors the
Dominican Republicís Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) and Al Sol Luxury Village.
Set your Calendars for next year when the International Billfish Shootout at Cap Cana will
be held from June 9th thru the 14th. For more information visit www.intlbillfishtourns.com or find us on
Facebook under Intl Billfish Tournaments.
For details contact us at 305 213-5521 or