Team Galati took top honors in the 28th annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament June 12-17 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco, Bahamas.
Chris Galati’s team out of Anna Maria’s Galati Marine caught four blue marlin and a sailfish, winning Top Team, Top Release Team and other honors. TG released a blue on Monday, a blue and a sailfish on Tuesday and two blues on Thursday, beating out 11 other teams and 60 anglers.
Team Galati’s Joe Galati, Jr. won Top Junior Angler for releasing one blue. Team Galati’s second junior angler, Christian Hightower of Holmes Beach released a blue but was trumped by time for the Junior Angler award.
The TCBT is a modified-release tournament with four days of fishing, parties, dinners and fun competitions. A highlight of TCBT’s social events was a dock party, including fried lionfish cooked by the anglers on the lay day. On one day, children from the Treasure Cay Primary School, a beneficiary of the TCBT, performed.
As winner of the TCBT, Team Galati receives an invitation to fish the IGFA Offshore World Championship.