Waterman's Journal

Mar 16, 2017

PELAGIC Teams Show Big at Jimmy Johnson Tournament

HellREYzer 2nd place Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament Team hellREYzer showing the culmination of two days of putting it all together and getting it done!

With 91 boats, 600+ anglers and a $1 million dollar guaranteed prize payout, this year’s Jimmy Johnson’s Billfish Championship March 8-11 proved to be the largest and most exciting one yet. Now in its 6th year, the 2-day fishing event out of Key Largo is one of the largest fishing tournaments in Florida. A total of 437 sailfish were caught and released in two days!

Team Catchalottafish 4th place Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament Team Catchalottafish 4th Jimmy Johnson Tourney Team CATCHALOTTAFISH all smiles after a solid performance, releasing 13 sails in the 2-day event.

After two hard-fought days of excellent fishing for most of the fleet, Team PELAGIC was fortunate enough to have TWO of its Pro Teams finish in the Top 5! Coming in 4th Place Overall was Team CATCHALOTTAFISH and PELAGIC Pro Team Capt. James Chappell. The team caught-and-released 13 sailfish over two days of fishing and walked away with $31,500 in winnings.

HellREYzer 2nd place Jimmy Johnson Tourney The 60' Spencer hellREYzer hanging out the laundry with all 17 flags flying.

Team hellREYzer with PELAGIC Pro Team Capt. JC Cleare took down 2nd Place overall - along with placing high in a slew of other categories – for 13 sailfish, one blue marlin and one white marlin. All said and done, Team hellREYzer rang up a cool $256,000 in prize money.

HellREYzer wahoo Jimmy Johnson Tourney The good vibes were with Team hellREYzer even before the tournament kicked off as they stuck this 80+ pound wahoo while pre-fishing just days before.

Just edging out Team hellREYzer by just two points were the Champions – Team Astra/Hook Bling who won a total of $416,000! Congratulations to all the top teams!