The crew on the Shark’s Parlour, a 47 Riviera, won both the Day One and Day Two dailies as well as the overall jackpot to become the big winners in the 2011 Zane Grey Invitational, the first event in the California Billfish Series presented by Typhoon Polarized Optics. For their big win, Shark’s Parlour took home a paycheck of $79,213!
The team on Shark’s Parlour, including Jim Sloan, Tom Sloan, Eric Hermann, Bryce Hermann, Rick Triguiero and Jesse Henry took the lead on Day One and held the position the entire event.
The team fished well south of Dana Point on Day One and hooked a striped marlin on a live bait at 10:55 a.m. Jesse Henry landed the fish just 20 minutes later, and the team decided to release it and take the 100 points. They found the fish in the E6 square of the tournament grid. Henry’s fish was the only one caught on the day, moving Shark’s Parlour into the number one spot.
Once again the fleet headed south on Day Two, hoping to see more tailing striped marlin. At 8:19 a.m. the team on Ruckus, a 40 Riviera, radioed tournament control to report a hookup on live bait. Angler Johnny Jensen came tight to a striped marlin in the E4 square of the tournament grid. Tournament control was excited to get the call, hoping there’d be several more hookups reported as most of the fleet was targeting this general area. Unfortunately, Jensen’s fish came unbuttoned just a few minutes later at 8:21 a.m. and swam off.
Fishing conditions were tough, and the 10-boat fleet did not report any more hookups on the day. Shark’s Parlour striped marlin release on Day One stood as the only qualifying catch and swept all of the dailies and overall jackpot.
Because of current conditions, tournament director Ali Hussainy had decided to move the Zane Grey Invitational from Catalina to Dana Point, Calif. The tournament grid was also extended to the south just before the tournament to help teams find some striped marlin, and all of the participants agreed that it was the right move. Despite a lack of fishing action, all of the teams had a great time at the dinners and cocktail parties held at the Wind and Sea Restaurant right in Dana Point Harbor.
The winning team not only walked away with a fat chunk of change, they also netted a set of custom marlin rods from Fisherman’s Landing Tackle Shop. Thanks to the tournament’s sponsors, no one went home empty handed. Each team received a captain’s bag stuffed with shirts, hats and other goodies. There were also radio raffles held each day and several teams scored some clothing from Montauk Tackle Co., swag bags from www.BDoutdoors.com, lures from Pakula and subscriptions to www.FishDope.com, a sea-surface temperature service.
The next tournaments on the agenda are the Catalina Classic and Avalon Billfish Classic, scheduled for September 18-20. These two events will be held out of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. There is a long list of activities on the agenda, including casting contests, a prime rib dinner in the historic Casino Building, a vendor village and lots of great prizes up for grabs from the event’s sponsors. We’re optimistic that the fishing will improve and hope to see you out on Catalina.
Follow all of the action live in real time on the tournament website at www.catalinaclassic.com.
Zane Grey 2011 Wrap Up