Mutual cooperation works. Just ask any of the 40 anglers – or an untold number of fish – that participated in the three-day Roy Clark’s 15th Annual Billfish Tournament at Palmas De Cortez, June 15th – June 19th, 2016.
The event, consisting of two-angler teams, pounded billfish, wahoo, dorado and tuna in the tourney that featured prize reels, lures and the always-welcome hard cash. The top three teams, along with the winning boat crews, took home the cash and prizes including Accurate Reels, Eat Me Lures and an array of sparking trophies.
The Roy Clark began on Thursday morning with team members chomping at the bit as they waited for their boats at the Palmas pier.
The bright, glistening sun promised another hot day as the anglers, dock workers and crews bantered back and forth, amused and filled with the anticipation that can come with the promise of a day of good fishing, great prizes plus good, old-fashioned money on the line. As quickly and safely as possible, sport fishing boats rumbled up to the pier and one by one, they collected their teams.
When the day was over, it was a dead-heat between David and Mary Scott aboard the “Pez Espada” who landed two wahoo, earning them 300 points; with Chuck and Tom Fisher, aboard “El Tio,” and their three striped marlin releases. Virtually unheard of and illustrative of both the quantity and quality of fish along Baja’s East Cape , every other team scored points with at least one released striped marlin, keeping spirits up and the future looking bright!
Along came Friday morning and tournament anticipation began all over again. Teams lined up, eager to be off. Once again, it was destined to be another hot day as the boats roared out to sea. They quickly spread out across the horizon, each searching for their own “secret spot,” but on this day not many succeeded and by the end of the day, there were only a few big winners along with loads of zeros on the leader board. Tony Rose and Edwin Vieira on “Mahi Mahi” stole the show with an unprecedented five striped marlin releases, barely nudging out Hal and Kathie Hunter, riding on “El Tio.” Their 213-pound yellowfin tuna, (the largest ever caught by them as well as in the tournament), plus their one release, gave them a total of 313 points.
On Saturday, the final day of the tournament, the pace slowed. “Lady Luck” and “Senor Skill” joined hands while some teams hiccuped, allowing the team of Rose and Vieira to grab the elusive brass ring with another release.
The total catch for the teams: 33 marlin, 5 wahoo, 2 tuna – 213 and 75-pounds – and 1 dorado – 27.6-pounds.
First Place – Tony Rose and Edwin Vieira, Klamath Falls, Ore., Entry into the 2017 Tournament;
Second Place – Bill McInerney, Stockton, Calif., and Mike Tyrholm, Klamath Falls, Ore., $1,000;
Third Place – Chuck and Tom Fisher, Two Accurate Boss reels and two Cousin rods;
Don Antonio – largest dorado 27.6-pounds, $200, two Trophy, two T-Shirts , and two Eat Me Lures.
- 1st Place Team Crew – $600, two-Trophies, two-T-Shirts, Two-Eat Me lures, two $30 certificates, Pro-cure bait scents
- 2nd Place Team – $200, two-Trophies, two-T-Shirts, Two-Eat Me lures, two $30 certificates, Pro-cure bait scents
- 3rd Place Team – $100, trophy two-Trophies, two-T-Shirts, Two-Eat Me lures, two $30 certificates, Pro-cure bait scents
The Roy Clark tournament has become so popular that there is now a waiting list for participants. Clark’s event is also one of the most popular and sought-after events in East Cape with the boat crews because of the special cash prizes for them … plus drinks for all winning crews!