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CASA DE CAMPO BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC 2017
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VENEZUELAS’ AMAZING GRACE STAGES SPECTACULAR
COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY AT THE
CASA DE CAMPO BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC 2017

(Photos by Richard Gibson)

Day one started out hot and heavy with a total of 29 blue marlin releases by the tournament fleet. At the end of the day it was Florida’s Fa La Me that took the daily with four blue marlin releases but was closely followed only one release behind by Emily, Team Supreme, Blue Bird and Mama Who each with three blues released.

That night participants were treated to fun filled St. Patrick’s Day Celebration hosted by Presidente Beer (their logo color happens to be Irish green) complete with Irish Jigs performed by green clad dancers, lots of beer and great music in traditional Irish style.

Day two dawned very breezy and cool with the wind out of the Northeast and boats encountered rough seas with a current change that had taken place overnight. Only 14 blues were released that day, considered very slow by Casa de Campo customary standards. Fa La Me continued to hold on to the lead adding two more blues to their total with Mama Who adding 3 blues to their total and only a few points behind the leader. Top boat for the day and winning the Daily however was Auspicious, having had no releases on day one due to mechanical problems their four releases on day 2 put them in contention.

The much needed Lay Day came the next day to recover from the rough second day. The traditional Sporting Clays competition was held that morning and in the afternoon the now infamous Donkey Polo match took place at the Equestrian Center with participants enjoying Emilio’s world class hot dogs along with adult beverages and soft drinks while they cheered on their favorite riders.

On the third and final day the stage was set for an exciting finish between the two leaders with an additional three boats within striking distance. However, what ensued that day nobody expected.

Amazing Grace released the fleet’s first blue of the day bringing their total for the tournament to 3 and Chaser released the fleet’s second a few minutes later bringing the latter’s tournament total to 4, but those releases had no effect on the standings. The third blue of the day belonged to Fa La Me thus solidifying their place atop the leader board. And then at five minutes to 11:00AM Amazing Grace released another blue and proceeded to release four more in the span of two and a half hours bringing their total to six for the day. Chaser gave chase (pardon the pun) by releasing 3 more and when the dust settled at lines out Amazing Grace had lived up to their name having amazingly moved from ninth place to win the tournament one blue ahead of Fa La Me while Chaser had gone from seventh to finish in third.

At the Awards Banquet that evening held in the Flamboyan Room of the elegant Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, Amazing Grace took the day 3 Daily, the Last Day Shootout, and first place in both Overall pools. Additionally they took home a fortune in luxury sponsor prizes and bragging rights for a whole year. Fa La Me finished Second and Chaser Third with their angler Garrett Penley as Top Individual Angler. Our thanks to the staff and management of Marina Casa de Campo and Casa de Campo Resort & Villas for their outstanding support and cooperation.

Save the dates for 2018 when the ‘Reel March Madness’ Casa de Campo Blue Marlin Classic will actually be held in April from the 18th to the 22nd. Don’t Miss it!

 

The Casa de Campo International Blue Marlin Tournament
2017 SCOREBOARD

FINAL ANGLERS STANDING
RANK BOATANGLER SCORE
1CHASER Garrett Penely2460
2MAMA WHO Elaine Jones2015
3FA LA ME Taylor Beckford1640
4TEAM SUPREME Rodney Johnson1640
5AMAZING GRACE Michael Moretti1230
6AMAZING GRACE Odemaris Parede1230
7AUSPICIOUS Youssef Rahman820
8MISS MAGNOLIA Thomas Bennett820
 
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FINAL BOATS STANDING
RANKBOATSCORE
1AMAZING GRACE3,280
2FA LA ME2,870
3CHASER2,870
4AUSPICIOUS2,460
5MAMA WHO2,425
6MISS MAGNOLIA2,050
7TEAM SUPREME2,050
8BLUE BIRD1,640
9BLUE HEAVEN1,640
10EMILY1,230
11REEL PASSION1,230
12BLACK GOLD820
13TOMAHAWK820
14COMMITTED410
15MOMA0
16SIN STRESS0
 
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