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TBF Tag/Release Award Winners

The Billfish Foundation recently announced the award winners for the 2019 Tag and Release Competition. The following anglers/captains/mates were the best of the best in the billfishing world and their tagging efforts help us learn more about billfish behavior and protect these fish.

Top Overall Tagging Angler
Laura Jessen: Sarasota, Florida

Top Overall Tagging Captain
Ben Horning: Sarasota, Florida

Top Overall Tagging Lady Angler
Laura Jessen: Sarasota, Florida

Top Overall Tagging Youth Angler
Hefner Appling: Port Aransas, Texas

Top Overall Release Angler
Gray Ingram: Jupiter, Florida

Top Overall Release Captain
Chris Sheeder: Coral Gables, Florida

Top Overall Release Lady Angler
Camila Ingram: Jupiter, Florida

Top Overall Release Youth Angler
Luke Lulfs: Boynton Beach, Florida



TOP TAGGING ANGLERS


Atlantic Ocean
Blue Marlin
Jill Yates: Riviera Beach, Florida

Sailfish
Jill Yates: Riviera Beach, Florida

Swordfish
Samuel Urbain: Sainte-Maxime, France

White Marlin
Laurent Sahyoun: Mandelieu, France

Pacific Ocean
Black Marlin
Herve Picarda: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Blue Marlin Jose Anton: Miami, Florida
 
Sailfish
Laura Jessen: Sarasota, Florida

Spearfish
Paul Dolinoy: Huntington Beach, California

Striped Marlin
Laura Jessen: Sarasota, Florida

Indian Ocean 
Black Marlin
Malan Horak: Eden Island, Seychelles

Blue Marlin
Batian Craig: Nairobi, Kenya

Sailfish
Kelly Farrell: Alyangula, Australia

TOP RELEASE ANGLERS

Atlantic
 Ocean
Blue Marlin
Mike Brauser: Lighthouse Point, Florida

Sailfish
Luke Lulfs: Boynton Beach, Florida

Swordfish
Luke Lulfs: Boynton Beach, Florida

White Marlin
Laurent Sahyoun: Mandelieu, France

Pacific Ocean
Black Marlin
Barry Alty: Gold Coast, Australia

Blue Marlin
Gray Ingram: Jupiter, Florida

Sailfish
Gray Ingram: Jupiter, Florida

Striped Marlin
Gray Ingram: Jupiter, Florida

Indian Ocean
Black Marlin
Vasili Kuzminsky: Essendon, Australia

Blue Marlin
James Gill: Bentleigh East, Australia

Sailfish
1. Rowan Smith: Exmouth, Australia (tied for first)
2. Kerrie Smith: Exmouth, Australia (tied for first)


Top Tagging Captain: Atlantic

Blue Marlin
Stuart Simpson: Durban, South Africa

Sailfish
Nicholas Gonzalez: Coconut Grove, Florida

Swordfish
Nick Stanczyk: Islamorada, Florida

White Marlin
Christian Benazeth: Auch, France

Top Tagging Captain: Pacific

Black Marlin
Craig Denham: Runaway Bay, Australia

Blue Marlin
Skip Smith: Lighthouse Point, Florida

Sailfish
Ben Horning: Jupiter, Florida

Spearfish
Gene Vander Hoek: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Striped Marlin
Ben Horning: Jupiter, Florida

Top Tagging Captain : Indian

Black Marlin
Ross Newton: Broome, Australia

Blue Marlin
Perry Rosalie: Victoria, Seychelles

Sailfish
Bomber Farrell: Alyangula, Australia

Swordfish
Calvin du Plessis: Malindi, Kenya

Release Top Release Captain: Atlantic

Blue Marlin
Zak Conde: San Vicente, Cape Verde

Sailfish
Dean Panos: Pembroke Pines, Florida

Swordfish
Henry Dombroski: Boynton Beach, Florida

White Marlin
Christian Benazeth: Auch, France

Top Release Captain : Pacific

Black Marlin
Brett Alty: Gold Coast, Australia

Blue Marlin
Chris Sheeder: Coral Gables, Florida

Sailfish
Jason Brice: Miami, Florida

Striped Marlin
Scott Jones: Coral Springs, Florida

Top Release Captain : Indian

Black Marlin
Eddy Lawler: Exmouth, Australia

Blue Marlin
Eddy Lawler: Exmouth, Australia

Sailfish
Eddy Lawler: Exmouth, Australia

Striped Marlin
Eddy Lawler: Exmouth, Australia

Top Youth Anglers Tag
Age 11 - 12: Brycen Oquin: Austin, Texas
Age 13 - 15:
Hefner Appling: Port Aransas, Texas
Sydney Pagano: Jupiter, Florida
Emma Helwig: Owings, Maryland (tied for third)
Boyer Tooley: Pacific Palisades, California (tied for third)
Age 16 - 17:
Luke Lulfs: Boynton Beach, Florida (tied for first)
Decker Patterson: North Palm Beach, Florida (tied for first)

Release

Age 13 - 15:
Sydney Pagano: Jupiter, Florida
Preston Jinks: Houston, Texas
Age 16 - 17
Luke Lulfs : Boynton Beach, Florida
Wil Cunningham : Traralgon, Australia
Jake Morris: Wake Forest, North Carolina
Barrett Jinks : Houston, Texas

Regional Competitions Gulf of Mexico Marlin Tagging Competition
Top Overall Tagging Angler: Cristy Delgado, Port Isabel, Texas
Top Overall Tagging Captain: Terrell Miller, San Antonio, Texas
Top Overall Tagging Captain, Blue Marlin: Terrell Miller: San Antonio, Texas
Top Overall Tagging Angler, White Marlin: Cristy Delgado: Port Isabel, Texas
Top Overall Tagging Captain, White Marlin: Terrell Miller, San Antonio, Texas
Top Tagging Lady Angler: Cristy Delgado, Port Isabel, Texas

South Florida Sailfish Circuit
Top Release Angler: Luke Lulfs, Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Release Captain, Private: Travis Ralph, Jupiter, Florida
Top Release Captain, Charter: Dean Panos, Pembroke Pines, Florida
Top Release Junior Angler: Luke Lulfs, Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Release Lady Angler: Jill Yates, Riviera Beach, Florida
Top Tagging Angler: Jill Yates, Riviera Beach, Florida
Top Tagging Captain, Private: Doug Covin, Jupiter, Florida
Top Tagging Captain, Charter: Nicholas Gonzalez, Coconut Grove, Florida
Top Tagging Junior Angler: Luke Lulfs, Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Tagging Lady Angler: Jill Yates, Riviera Beach, Florida

Cape Verde Regional Competition
Top Tagging Angler: Sean Van Veijeren, South Africa
Top Tagging Captain: Stuart Simpson, South Africa
Top Release Angler: Chris Chapman, Great Britain
Top Release Captain: Zak Conde, Cape Verde

Hawaii Regional Competition
Top Tagging Angler: Paul Dolinoy, Huntington Beach, California
Top Tagging Captain: Chris Choy, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Top Tagging Youth Angler: Brycen Oquin, Austin, Texas
Top Release Captain: Chris Choy, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii