Team from Wahoo Smackdown III. Photo: Kent Krebeck
ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- With a record of $90,000 in cash and prizes at stake and an anticipated 40 teams angling for some of that total, Smackdown IV hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina should make teams shout, “Wahoooooooo!”
The tournament, scheduled for February 27 through March 1, features $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third (a guarantee based on 35 boats participating). Teams can also claim prize monies for Biggest Fish, Heaviest Three Fish and Grand Total Heaviest Fish.
“Based on the growing popularity of this Wahoo tournament series, we are on pace for 40 teams,” said tournament director Captain Chase Camacho. “Wahoo are running strong here in Bimini so we should have lots of action.”
Last November, the third installment of the Wahoo Smackdown saw a record 32 boats and 175 anglers taking home more than $60,000 in cash and prizes. Team Brizzo Fishing from Coral Gables, Florida took home first place and largest fish honors.
Bimini’s location along the legendary Gulf Stream (a “river” of warm water) location is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish and acts as a kind of sushi conveyor belt carrying abundant food to the local fish. Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs.
Bimini’s flats are home the fishermen’s favorite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-record-setting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of Sport Fishing Capital of the World.