After a fishless first leg in the Bahamas, the second leg of the Third annual Bermuda Triangle Series concluded with the five boat teams releasing seven blue marlin and three white over three days of angling over the fish-rich Argus and Challenger banks off Hamilton, Bermuda. At the end of the competition, it was Walter Shikany’s cus tom-built Whitaker 56, Never Enough, that earned top boat, his son, Michael, top angler, and skipper, Tommy Lynskey, best captain.
“I had never been to Bermuda before. This was my first time to see the island and fish,” said Michael Shikany. “I have to say I will definitely be back for the fishing and for all the island has to offer.
He adds, “It has been over three years since I last fished a tournament with my father or on the Never Enough. I have been running a restaurant for over seven years now and have not had the time to break away. So when I told my father that I was ready to move on to other opportunities and leave the business, he invited me to come fish with him in Bermuda to relax for a while and get back into fishing.”
Winds of 15 to 20 knots kicked up the Bermudian seas at the fleet headed out for the fishing day of fishing, which ultimately proved slow. By day’s end, angler Greg Talbott of Team On Line/Challenger, had released a small blue and Davis Clapp of Team Af-fin-ity/Barbara B, had released a white.
The next day, Never Enough jumped onto the scoreboard and into the lead with the release of three blues, the last one hooked up and released less than 15 minutes before lines out for the day.
On the third and final day, angler Brian O’Dell of Team A-Fin-ity/Barbara B released one blue, Wally Whitley’s Team Que Mas released a blue, and angler Brian Buckley of Team On Line/Challenger released one white. This spread the result out a bit, but left Never Enough still far ahead. The Shikany’s held and extended this position with the release of another blue released less than an hour before lines out.
“I had no idea at all that I was anywhere near the winners slot,” Shikany said. “When they told me on the last day, after I caught my last fish, that I was the top angler I was in shock. But, I guess the first time is a charm as they say.”
Never Enough is not in the BTS Series, meaning the team isn’t fishing all three legs. However, Greg Talbott is the leading angler and Team Online and Team Que Mas are both tied at 650 points apiece going into the last leg of the series, the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament in St. Thomas.
Shikany will be fishing aboard Never Enough for the last leg in St. Thomas. Looking towards the tournament, he says, “Actually there is really nothing specifically going through my mind. I am just looking forward to spending quality time with my father and brother, which has not happened in years!”