PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla- The first ever Sport Fish classic was a big success Saturday night after the weigh-ins at the Bay Point Marina. The event took the place of the annual billfish classic after it was postponed during the oil leak.
The Bay County Tourist Development Council paid for the event with money BP gave them to help the community after the leak. 44 boats made the trip out to the Gulf waters competing for 241 thousand dollars in prize money.
The biggest fish of the night was a 189 pound swordfish that took almost 5 hours to reel in. It was caught by Nick Milsap on-board the "Fully Envovled." The fish was worth over almost 13 thousand dollars. In second was Will Trotter on the “Bravo Six” with a 121.6 pound swordfish, then it was Justin Wainwright on the “Travleler in third with a 96.6 pounder.
In the tuna category first place was Blake Roberts on “Mollie” with a 65.6 pound Tuna. Then it was Richard Early on “Anna Marie” with a 64.4 pounder, and third place was Brad Griffin with a 61.4 pound Tuna.
In the Wahoo Corey Adam won on the “Testing the waters” with a 66.2 tuna, in second it was Greg Abrams on the “Runnin late” his fish was 53.2 pounds. The third place finisher was Paul Dennen on the “Amber Jack” with a 48.8 Wahoo.
And in the Dolphin category Rick Rousseau won on the “Dream's wake II” with a 35.2 pound Dolphin. Martin Price was second on the “Reel Comfort” his fish weighed 29.8, and third was Pat Byrne on “Testing the water” with a 29.2 pound Dolphin.
No Blue Marlins were weighed this year.