The Final Leg of The Championship Returns To The Wharf July 11th!
You could say it's been a tough Championship season so far. With no shortage of weather challenges. The Championship got off to a bumpy start during the OBBC at The Wharf in May. Leg two of the Championship at Steve Thomas's Cajun Classic was cancelled due to weather. And this past weekend in Destin skirted around and dealt with the fallout from Tropical Storm Cindy.
The points leader remains unchanged going in to the final leg at The Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Captain Jeff Shoults holds on to a 50 point advantage over a tightly pack field of tough competitors right behind him.
Mollie: 410 points
as of July 12th
Lyon's Pride: 350 points
Team Supreme: 285 points
Sea Mixer: 275 points
Aries: 260 points
Don't Blink: 260 points
Geaux Deep: 225 points
Reel Addiction: 125 points
Trader's Hill: 100 points
Known for its highly competitive field consisting of the best prepared and equipped captains and owners in the sport, the stakes are high and an exciting Championship likely during The Blue Marlin Grand Championship.
Some history and background regarding the BMGC.
The Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament was developed by Rocky Jones using a unique hybrid blend of scoring points from catch & release and weighed Blue Marlin to create the Blue Marlin Grand Champions. There is no separate catch and release division in the tournament awards category. Rocky's intent when he created this model was simple. He wanted to place more emphasis on catch and release points and use the combination to incentivize the release of smaller than previously boated Blue Marlin. And it works. Remember Captain Jimmy on the Conundrum releasing those two Blue Marlin last year?
What would happen if no eligible Blue Marlin were weighed during the tournament? Simple, the top scoring catch and release team would become the Blue Marlin Grand Champions. That was Rocky's intent. We believe it's an innovative and effective method of scoring Billfish Tournaments.
Here's how the Triple Crown Series awards points during the final leg:
First place in the BMGC tournament: 250 points,
Second place 175 points and
Third place 100 points.
(As there is no separate catch and release division in the tournament, these are the only points awarded).
One last thing. Don't Blink, this past weekend's winner in Destin, isn't registered for the BMGC. This brings up an interesting point as the Triple Crown Last Chance Qualifier allows for the top ten boats in the standings after the Destin tournament to be eligible to enter the BMGC even though the field is sold out.
The question is, will Jason Blink?
Stay tuned. The 2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champions will be crowned at the Wharf.
Which team will it be?