Five boats competed in this kick-off event for the 2006 Bermuda Triangle Series (BTS), fished out of Harbour Island, in the Bahamas. Anglers saw 10 Blue Marlin and 7 whites. But no one could catch and release nary one of these feisty billfish beasts. “The fish won this year,” says tournament organizer, Jimmy Loveland. “Even though there were no fish caught, everyone had a good time and they vowed to get their revenge in Bermuda next month.”
Harbour Island is located off the northern coast of Eleuthera. Its one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas and was once home of farmers and boat builders. Today, tourism is the top trade and fishing is excellent, both deep sea and bone fishing along the flats.
Teams signed on for this year’s BTS are: Luis Bacardi’s TEAM RUM BUM, Davis Clapp’s TEAM A-FIN-ITY, Greg Talbott’s TEAM ON LINE, and Wally Whitley’s TEAM QUE MAS.
The BTS includes the Bermuda Open, fished July 7 to 9, and concludes with the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, August 6 to 10.
Loveland explains: “The BTS is considered a ‘team’ event, yet individual legs are fished as ‘angler’ tournaments under modified release rules. Rules-wise t his means you can boat a potential IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) World Record and receive the same number of points as if it were released. If it weighs in short, the points are lost. Teams earn points in the overall series, while angler points are the measure during the individual legs.”
To win the BTS Jackpot or Calcutta, Loveland continues, “at least two legs of the series must be fished and one must be the St. Thomas leg. Teams fishing the series put money into a special pot that can only be won by those teams who are signed on for the series.”