As sailfish season approaches, tournament anglers will be gearing up for what proves to be yet another banner season. With last year producing record setting release numbers, South Florida anglers are amped for dropping temperatures and the ushering of southbound sailfish.
Under ideal conditions sailfish are rather predictable and can be found with relative consistency. But when captains and crews are forced to make do with terrible conditions, even the best can be left scratching their heads. Teams in gleaming tower boats and open center-consoles go head to head and leap frog down the line as they scour the farthest reaches of tournament boundary zones in search of double, triple and quadruple releases. This is competitive, tournament sailfishing at it’s finest where a single billfish can change everything.
Teams competing in the series will fight for an anticipated purse of more than $1 million, but the most sought after award won’t come in the form of cash.
The competition across the playing field is fierce with the finest crews and the finest boats, but in the end it’s all about the enjoyment and amazement of the things we see on the water. With constantly changing conditions, no day is ever the same and with sailfish exhibiting varied tendencies along different routes, local knowledge is a key factor among tournament winning teams. Because of these challenges the elite crews who compete in South Florida’s highly competitive sailfish circuit know that with a host of skilled teams, anyone can shine on any given day.
However true champions don’t make pit stops in victory lane—they live there. This is the concept upon which the new Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series was founded. Produced by veteran tournament promoter Bluewater Movements Inc, this iconic series will host the best sailfish crews on the planet. Teams competing in the series will fight for an anticipated purse of more than $1 million, but the most sought after award won’t come in the form of cash.
These offshore warriors will be on a quest to claim what is destined to become the most coveted award in all tournaments—The Crest. Consider it competitive fishing’s green jacket, only it isn’t green. In order to don this coat of arms, a team must emerge as the most dominant crew among an elite field of experienced teams after three highly competitive tournaments along three different locations across South Florida. Victory will not be easy, nor will it be random.
Much like Nascar’s Sprint Cup, teams will accumulate points on their mission to claim The Crest. Points will be awarded based on where teams place in each event.
“Privilege is earned,” said series director, Jamie Bunn. That is the motto that resides on the scroll of the crest. “Team’s who earn this prestigious title won’t do it by accident. It’s an exclusive club, reserved for the most dominant teams in the sport,” continued Bunn.
The three legs in the Quest for the Crest series are spread out along Sailfish Alley from Palm Beach to Key Largo, perhaps the most productive stretch of sailfish water on the planet. The first stop of the series, Operation Sailfish, will be held in Singer Island at the historic Sailfish Marina. Situated just minutes from the inlet, teams will be in striking distance of some of the most fertile stretches of sailfish water in all of Florida. With room accommodations on property, a full service marina with nearly 100 slips and waterfront dining, Sailfish Marina is a perfect fit for the Palm Beach based leg of the series. Operation Sailfish will be held December 12-16, 2012.
Leg 2 of the series, The Sailfish Challenge, already boasts its status as the largest sailfish tournament in the country. In 2011, 79 boats and 500 anglers competed for a one-day cash purse in excess of $220,000. What makes this event special is the unique three-inlet format that allows crews to check out of Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, or Government Cut in Miami. The Sailfish Challenge is based out of the IGFA in Dania Beach and will be held February 7-10, 2013.
The final leg of the series, Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, takes place at the Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove in Key Largo, FL. Flip Flops are not required, but definitely encouraged at this final stop for the series. The teams will join Jimmy Johnson and other A-list celebrities to see who will claim Jimmy’s National Billfish championship rings and the coveted Quest for the Crest series title! The excitement unfolds March 6-10, 2013.
The economic impact generated by the series, particularly in South Florida, will be significant. “The impact for charity will be big,” said Bunn. “We have some exciting ideas about how teams and sponsors will work together to generate proceeds for worthy charities affiliated with the tournament series.”
Visit bluewatermovements.com for more information on this exciting series and continuous updates regarding The Quest for the Crest.