The Gulf Coast Billfish Classic concludes

After bad weather delayed their Thursday start, the Gulf Coast Billfish Classic rolled on throughout the weekend.

The 23rd annual tournament got going bright and early Friday morning and wrapped up at Point Cadet Marina. Crowds packed into the marina to get a look at the final weigh-ins including an over 89 pound wahoo, which was almost double the size of the second place wahoo which came in at 59 pounds.

Tournament organizer Bobby Carter tells News 25 that the classic turned out great despite the slow start at the beginning. “The weather really turned out nice towards the end of the tournament. When it first started it was very bumpy for these guys, a lot of rain and wind. It cleared out and they caught a lot of fish, tagged a lot of marlin and brought in some really nice tuna, dolphin, and wahoo.”

Although only 25, about one-fifth of the number of boats expected, turned out for this year’s tournament, more than half a million dollars in prizes was awarded this weekend at the tournament, paying out the leaders in the largest tuna, dolphin, and wahoo categories.

Robert Burroughs landed the top spot for tuna, Andrew Feucht for dolphin, and Josh Collier for wahoo.

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