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2013 Quest for Crest Wrap Up

March 12, 2013

4 Aces Claims the Championship Rings!  Blue Time Dons the Series Jacket!

 

Total # of Boats: 46                                                                Total # of Releases: 267

 

On Saturday, March 9th tournament anglers, sponsors, celebrities and spectators witnessed the culmination of the richest sailfish series in the world.  For more than 4-months, the best sailfish anglers around the globe have battled for the privilege to claim the title of world champions and don the iconic Quest for the Crest burgundy jackets.  That dream was realized for Captain Bill Wieteha and his crew on team Blue Time.  They captured the title of ‘world’s best’ with a score of 74 points, generated by a 12th place finish at Operation Sailfish in December, a 5th place finish at the Sailfish Challenge in February and a 2nd place finish at the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship last weekend. The point’s race in the quest for the jacket was extremely tight.  Weez in the Keys followed in 2nd with 73 points, followed by Get Lit in 3rd with 72 points and 4 Aces in 4th with 62 points.  Captain Bill Wieteha also earned a $25,000 Audemars Piaget watch from Altier Jewelers in Boca Raton as the top captain in the series.

Although they did not earn the jacket, Captain John Dudas and his 4 Aces team did earn the championship rings from tournament host and proven champion himself, Mr. Jimmy Johnson.  The rings are reserved exclusively for the top team in the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship, final leg of the Quest for the Crest Series.  4 Aces caught 7 fish on day 1 of the tournament and 9 fish on day 2 to claim victory and more than $123,000 in prize money.  They also earned an additional $8,500 as the 4th place overall team in the series.  Blue Time collected over $95,000 in 2nd place plus an additional $34,020 as the top overall team in the Quest for the Crest series. 

The remaining three spots in the top 5 of the JJNBC were occupied by Jichi, Weez in the Keys and Liquid Skillstorm in that order.  Jichi won near $49,150 in 3rd place.  Weez in the Keys collected over $40,000 with their 4th place finish in the tournament and 3rd place finish in the series.  Liquid Skillstorm grabbed near $40,000 in 5th place as well.

In the angler categories, Top Female Angler was awarded to Nikki White on O-Sea-D with 2 releases and the Top Junior Angler was Eric Perna on Eco Fishing Team with 5 releases.  Peter Adrian earned the Master Angler title on board 4 Aces with 11 total releases.    The heaviest meat fish, a 49.7 pound Wahoo, earned the Kawama-Blue Moon fishing team a paycheck for $14,400 also.

Thanks to three strong performances by 4 Aces, Blue Time and Debaitable, Viking Yachts were able to go back to back and win the Boat Builder’s Throwdown as the top boat manufacturer in the tournament. They won the perpetual trophy at the Sailfish Challenge, leg 2 of the series as well. The bronze trophy, sponsored by John Townsend, will remain on display at the Viking service center until the 2014 event. 

By the end of the season, over $1.4 million in prize money was handed out to the top teams in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  Blue Time maintains the #1 ranking in the world in competitive sailfishing.  Join us next year to see which teams will rise to the occasion in this world-class series!  For complete results from the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/jjnbc_results/



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