December 9, 2008

The WBS tournament ended on Sunday.  Here is the final update from www.fishwbs.com.

—The World Billfish Series Grand Championships wrapped up its final day of competition on Saturday, Dec. 6, with Florida’s Pat Logue emerging victorious. Logue, from Cape Coral, tallied an impressive score of 1,000 points with two blue marlin and two sailfish releases fishing aboard his 74-foot Viking, 1st Strike. And to the victor go the spoils: the bronze Grander Marlin trophy by marine artist Geoffrey Smith, a custom gold champion’s ring, the keys to a new 2009 Mercedes C-300 automobile and the title of WBS World Champion of Billfishing.

The WBS Grand Championships features a format that’s unique to the world of bluewater sportfishing. Anglers must first qualify for the event during year-long competition on the WBS World Tour, a series of over 70 WBS-sanctioned events in eight geographic divisions around the world—only qualified anglers may attend the year-ending WBS Grand Championships, held this year in Los Suenos, Costa Rica. The first two days of the event find all participants competing as individuals, with the top five moving on to the final day’s shootout that determines the World Champion.

Logue fought his way tenaciously through the two-day qualifier, winding up Day One in eleventh place. Having his work cut out for him, Logue set out on Day Two with his goal of making the top five clearly before him, and by the call for lines out of the water, he had done just that, releasing a pair of blue marlin and an additional sailfish to finish the qualifier in second place. Logue continued his hot streak in the World Tour Championship, releasing another pair of blue marlin (valued at 400 points each) and two sailfish (worth 100 points each) to emerge victorious. As a World Champion, Logue will also receive a lifetime qualifying exemption to the WBS Grand Championships to defend his title in the coming years.

In second place was Napa, California angler Larry Drivon, fishing aboard the 42-foot Maverick, Dragin’ Fly. Drivon qualified for the top five in third place and also continued his winning ways, falling just short of the mark set by Logue in the finals. Drivon released six sailfish on the final day to score 600 points, taking home a beautiful custom crystal trophy and a custom Joseph Henry timepiece. This was Drivon’s first appearance in the WBS Grand Championships.

Finding third place was Costa Rica’s native son and the 2007 WBS World Champion, Mainor Oporto. After a dominating performance in the first two days of competition where he finished in first place, Oporto also released six sailfish on the final day aboard another 42-foot Maverick, Spanish Fly, but fell just short of the mark set by Drivon based on the time of release—Oporto would have to settle for third overall, also winning a custom trophy and Joseph Henry timepiece.

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