Fishing is all about luck—and you could say Davis Clapp’s Team Af-Fin-Ity, fishing with St. Thomas charter captain, Eddie Morrison, had both bad luck and good on the last day of fishing in the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, which also marked the conclusion of the 2006 Bermuda Triangle Series.
“I got a fish early today, around 9 a.m. Then we hooked up another fish, but a shark ate it. We hooked up a third fish, but we lost the engines just after we hooked up and there went that fish. Still, the one release this morning and five fish for the tournament gave us what we needed to win the series,” says Clapp, a native of Seattle, Washington and two-time winner of ESPN’s Billfishing Xtreme Release League tournament series.
The Bermuda Triangle Series kicked off with the Harbour Island Open, June 8-10, in the Bahamas. The fish won, as the five teams competing only saw 10 blues and seven whites, but didn’t get to catch and release them.
The next month, the five teams released seven blue marlin and three white in the July 7 to 9 second leg of the BTS at the Bermuda Open, with Walter Shikany’s cus tom-built Whitaker 56, Never Enough, earning top boat and Shikany’s son, Michael, top angler. However, since Never Enough wasn’t participating in the series, Greg Talbott of Team Online led as angler and both Team Online and Wally Whitley’s Team Que Mas tied going into the final leg of the series.
In the last leg, Talbott’s Team Online scored only four releases and Team Que Mas only two, to Team Af-Fin-Ity’s five, thus giving Team Af-Fin-Ity the win.
“I love the series,” says Clapp. “I just wished the Bahamas would have produced a few more fish, but we’ll try again next year.
2006 BERMUDA TRIANGLE SERIES – FINAL RESULTS
First Place Team – A-Fin-Ity, Davis Clapp
Second Place Team – Online, Greg Talbott
Third Place Team – Que Mas, Wally Whitley