Texas Legends Billfish Tournament 

Port Aransas, Texas

and departure from the Texas port of your choice!

August 6-10, 2014

 

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The 2014 Texas Legends is in the books!

This Year's Fleet - 50 Boats

and over

$715,000 in Prize Money

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LEADER BOARD

Final Results!!

The "Bandit" takes First Place honors at the 2014 Legends!

1st Place -  Bert Steindorf's "BANDIT" with Capt Kevin Scott

2nd Place - John Ramming's "Rebecca" with Capt Tommy Guildner

3rd Place - Cliff Thomas' "Mine Time" with Capt Ray Peterson

4th Place - Will Lett's "MOJO" with Capt Brian Phillips

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Largest Fish weighed - 104.5 Yellowfin Tuna on "Rebecca"

Largest Blue Marlin released - "Legacy"

First Blue Marlin released - "Tico Time"

Most Billfish Released - "Mine Time"

 

          BLUE WHITE    TOTAL LATEST RELEASE TIME
RANK BOAT NAME MAKE OWNER CAPTAIN MARLIN MARLIN SAILFISH POINTS DAY 1 or 2 / 24 HR TIME
                   
1 BANDIT VIKING 82 BERT STEINDORF KEVIN SCOTT 1 3 4 1350 2 - 15:14
2 REBECCA F&S 63 JOHN RAMMING TOMMY GUILDNER 2     1000 1 - 12:14
3 MINE TIME VIKING 68 CLIFF THOMAS RAY PETERSON   4 4 1000 2 - 07:28
4 MOJO SCULLEY 58 WILL LETT BRIAN PHILLIPS 1 1 2 850 2 - 13:41
SKIRT CHASER TOO CABO 35 MATT BRACEWELL FRANK FOWLER 1 1   650 2 - 12:02
TICO TIME HATTERAS 65 DENNIS WILKERSON MIKE HESTER 1     500 1 - 08:05
LEGACY VIKING 56 GEORGE GARTNER KEVIN DEERMAN 1     500 1 - 09:30
ISLAND TIME VIKING 48 JOHN JALUFKA MARK DAVIS 1     500 1 - 19:30
PORT A FINO VIKING 45 SHERMAN BURROWS JOHN BRENNAN      5 500 2 - 13:24
LADY MARY ANN VIKING 52 MARY & RON RAAB AARON BELCHER   1 2 350 1 - 18:10
FAMILY TIES CABO 38 DAN PARRISH DAN PARRISH    1 1 250 1 - 11:30
NO COMPROMISE VIKING 82 ALAN ROBERTS BILL CANNAN   1 1 250 1 - 15:00
MO AZUL CABO 43 CHAD SHIMAITIS TOM BUCKNER   1 1 250 1 - 16:51
CALIENTE VIKING 43 KELLY OWENS KEITH BANKS     2 200 1 - 15:50
HASTA LUEGO VIKING 55 EDDIE AGUILAR DEE WALLACE     2 200 1 - 14:40
HIDEOUT RYBOVICH NATHAN WATSON BOBBY JOHNSON   1   150 1 - 14:37
LET IT RIDE SPENCER 59 GARY EDWARDS PETER YOUNG   1   150 1 - 15:34
LOCOMIA VIKING 61 CHARLES BIEDENHARN RAND CLARK   1   150 1 - 16:28
LOAD AND GO VIKING 70 TOM HERRLICH MONTE LOVE   1   150 1 - 18:10
BOTTOM DOLLAR VIKING 45 JOE FRAZER JOE FRAZER   1   150 2 - 13:01
BILL COLLECTOR BERTRAM 37 GABE GOODMAN BOBBY PULLIN     1 100 1 - 17:15
UNREEL GAMEFISHERMAN 40 MARTIN CLEMENT MARTIN CLEMENT III     1 100 1 - 17:57
BUSINESS INTERRUPTION VIKING 45 TOM CARLISLE DON THASHER     1 100 2 - 12:13
BACKLASH VIKING 65 JACKIE HUNTER RALEIGH MORRISON     1 100 2 - 13:25
BIMINI BABE VIKING 61 FLOYD APPLING ROBERT JONES     1 100  
        TOTAL BILLFISH - 55 8 18 29    
             MEET THE FLEET!          
                  WEIGHED FISH
  ASPIRATION CABO 45 RONALD JORDAN BRIAN WILSON          
  BANDIT VIKING 82 BERT STEINDORF KEVIN SCOTT          
  BACKLASH VIKING 65 JACKIE HUNTER RALEIGH MORRISON          
  BILL COLLECTOR BERTRAM 37 GABE GOODMAN BOBBY PULLIN          
  BIMINI BABE VIKING 61 FLOYD APPLING ROBERT JONES          
  BOTTOM DOLLAR VIKING 45 JOE FRASER JOE FRASER          
  BUCK N BILLS OCEAN 63 CHRIS CONDON RYAN REAGAN          
  BUCKANEER BERTRAM 54 L. WALKER JEFF COLLIER          
  BUSINESS INTERUPTION VIKING 45 TOM CARLISLE DON THASHER          
  CALIENTE VIKING 43 KELLY OWENS KEITH BANKS         35 lb. Dorado
  CHALLENGER VIKING 58 CHALLENGER SERV JOHN YOUNG         42.65 & 30.85 lb. Wahoo
  CHEROKEE BERTRAM 46 BRITT BARWISE TREY CLARK         34.15 lb. Dorado
  DOC HOLIDAY FOUNTAIN 38 JOHN LOMONACO ROBERT NICHOLS          
  DOUBLE OAK SOUTH OCEAN 56 MIKE WILLIAMS PARKER WRIGHT          
  DOWN TIME VIKING 61 BOBBY WALTERS BOBBY WALTERS          
  FAMILY TIES CABO 38 DAN PARRISH DAN PARRISH          
  GAME ON VIKING 45 RANDY WEST TODD LOHRY          
  GOT'M ON VIKING 61 TOM PARTLOW NATE FORBES          
  HASTA LUEGO VIKING 55 EDDIE AGUILAR DEE WALLACE          
  HIDE OUT RYBOVICH 60 NATHAN WATSON BOBBY JOHNSON          
  HIGH NOON VIKING 48 TOMMY SUE SISTRUNK CHAD BENTS          
  HONESTY HATTERAS 60 KYLE NETHERY WAYNE TIMMERANN         50.45 lb. Swordfish
  HOT ROD VIKING 56 JOHN MURRAY SEAN SWEATMAN          
  HYDROCARBON BERTRAM 54 BRYAN GUMM WARREN BEATTY          
  ISLAND TIME VIKING 48 JOHN JALUFKA MARK DAVIS          
  LADY MARY ANN VIKING 52 MARY & RON RAAB AARON BELCHER          
LEGACY VIKING 56 GEORGE GARTNER KEVIN DEERMAN          
  LET IT RIDE SPENCER 59 GARY EDWARDS PETER YOUNG          
  LEVELED OUT VIKING 52 ED WILLIAMS DENNIS TUTTLE         29.85 lb. Wahoo
  LOAD AND GO VIKING 70 TOM HERRLICH MONTE LOVE         29.45 lb. Wahoo
  LOCOMIA VIKING 61 CHARLES BIEDENHARN RAND CLARK         58.65 lb. Yellowfin Tuna
  MAVERICK VIKING 55 T J COLLINS RONNIE HALE          
  MECHANICAL MAN WEAVER 68 BEN HEILKER RAY DUNN         53.35 lb. Yellowfin Tuna
MINE TIME VIKING 68 CLIFF THOMAS RAY PETERSON          
  MO AZUL CABO 43 CHAD SHIMAITIS TOM BUCKNER          
  MOJO SCULLEY 58 WILL LETT BRIAN PHILLIPS         27.55 lb. Dorado
  MOODY MARLIN CABO 31 LUIS DE LA GARZA LUIS DE LA GARZA         59.95lb. Wahoo!!
  NEREUS HATTERAS 60 MIKE THORN-LEESON SEAN WELSH          
  NO COMPROMISE VIKING 82 ALAN ROBERTS BILL CANNAN          
  PINCHE QUICK PAY HATTERAS 50 LEANDRO QUIROZ LEANDRO QUIROZ          
  PORT A FINO VIKING 45 SHERMAN BURROWS  JOHN BRENNAN          
  REBECCA F&S 63 JOHN RAMMING TOMMY GUILDNER         104.5 LB. Yellowfin Tuna
  REHAB DAVIS 45 JASON GAST TROY DAY          
  RELENTLESS PURSUIT JIM SMITH 95 DENNIS PASENTINE ROBBIE DOGGETT          
  SKIRT CHASER TOO CABO 35 MATT BRACEWELL FRANK FOWLER          
  SMOOTH OPERATOR SUNNY BRIGGS 58 EDWIN HAWN EDWIN HAWN          
  TICO TIME HATTERAS 65 DENNIS WILKERSON  MIKE HESTER          
  TURNIN' 2 DA RIGHT VIKING 54 SHARP / BULLER JACOB REAVES          
UNREEL GAMEFISHERMAN 40 MARTIN CLEMENT MARTIN CLEMENT III          
  WET N WILD VIKING 68 MURRAY MEGGISON TRAVIS FLANAGAN          
                   

 

 

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Welcome!

         

     We would like to welcome all participants to the 2014 Texas Legends Billfish Tournament, August 6-10th. Last year’s event was a great success and we enjoyed another great year of fishing!

A total of 49 boats competed for $675,000 in prize money!

The Port Aransas location is ideal for this bluewater event with boats fishing the entire Texas coast. Last year’s champion was George Gartner's LEGACY, taking top honors and was awarded the perpetual Bob Byrd Memorial Trophy to keep for one year. LEGACY's Captain Kevin Deerman was awarded the Capt. Bill Hart Memorial Captain’s Trophy and mate Cameron Plaag was awarded the Stewart Campbell Memorial Mate’s Trophy. Dennis Pasentine on the FIRST CHOICE caught a 139.9 lb. Yellowfin Tuna, winning the Alfred Glassell Memorial Trophy, awarded to the boat weighing the largest fish in the tournament.

Your entry fee makes you eligible for exciting new cash prizes!

CASH PRIZES

$2,000 to the boat with the largest blue marlin released!

 $1,000  to the boat releasing the 1st blue marlin!

 $1,000  to the boat releasing the most billfish!

 

This tournament is dedicated to Texas fishermen and we consider it a privilege to celebrate the lives of those who have excelled in saltwater fishing. Also, please take time to remember some of our old friends on the Texas Big Game Fisherman’s Roll Call - a tribute to those who have passed on in our sport.

       Our tournament is unique in that once you are registered you may leave from any Texas port. The weigh-in and memorial dinner party will be in Port Aransas on August 9th. The winners will be awarded on Sunday morning at the Awards Brunch. We have pioneered the concept of a video release format with points awarded for blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. The Port Aransas weigh-in and awards allows fishermen easy access to the nearby rocks and rigs that this area is famous for. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and your patronage is greatly appreciated.

Join us this year as we honor old friends, catch some great fish and celebrate our big game fishing heritage...

 Good Fishing!

Capt. John Cochrane - Tournament Director

 

Tournament Committee:

Hefner Appling, Tye Bralley, David Cochrane, Kevin Deerman, Kirk Elliott,

Chris Fox, Joe Frazer, Jim Glandt, Dee Wallace, Kirk Wiles          

Tournament Speaker:

Kirk Wiles

Tournament Staff

  Ann Marie Cochrane, Katy Cochrane, Cindy Henderson,

Kerry Howard, Robin Krenek, Jo Ellyn Krueger, Jamie Youngs,

Tournament Weighmaster

Dwayne Engels

Tournament Promotions:

David Cochrane

Tournament Artist

Inga Clough Falterman

www.ingaworks.org

Tournament Photographer

Capt. David Cochrane

Jamie Youngs

 

     

Our Tournament encourages the release of Blue Marlin under 500 lbs.!  

 

We always have people asking about chartering or partnering with a boat owner to fish our tournament.

If you are a boat owner interested in chartering or splitting expenses to fish The Legends,

 please give John Cochrane a call at 409-739-4817

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2014

  Official Rules and Information  

  Tournament Information

     -Entry Fee is $1,500 per boat, plus $1,000 to the Mandatory Billfish Pool. If paid before July 15th, Entry Fee is $1,200.

Final entry deadline is 7:00 pm, August 7, 2014, at the Captain’s Party in Port Aransas and 5:00 pm at

Coastline Marine

281-291-0101

2321 Nasa Parkway  Seabrook, Texas  77586

     -Boats may register by mail at Tournament Headquarters:

Texas Legends Billfish Tournament

   P.O. Box #1167   Seabrook, Texas  77586   409-739-4817  

No cancellations accepted after 7:00 pm August 7, 2013.

No Exceptions.

Please verify your vessel's condition before the cancellation deadline.

 

     -Final Registration and Captains Party will be from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 7th in Port Aransas, Texas and until 5 pm at Coastline Marine in Seabrook, Texas.  Attendance is not mandatory. However, you must arrange to pick up your tournament bag before departure, so you will have the required object of the day for video release.

Boats may leave from any Texas Port Please notify Tournament Headquarters if you are leaving from a port other than Port Aransas, Texas. Make sure you understand all rules and pick up your tournament bag before departure. Tournament Bags will be available after August 4th. Boats must make their own arrangements for dockage in their respective ports including Port Aransas.  

 

  Our Early Departure Time, anytime after 5 pm on August 7th, allows an unhurried trip offshore during daylight hours for safety and practicality!   

Weigh Station – Port Aransas, Texas. All boats submitting videotapes or weighing fish must return to Port Aransas by 6:00 pm on August 9, 2014. Boats must be inside the Port Aransas Municipal Harbor Breakwater (NOT Port Aransas Jetties). No exceptions. Boats waiting in line to weigh fish or submit videos inside the harbor at 6pm will be considered on time.

This year’s participants will enjoy three special events. The Captain’s Party, Memorial Dinner Party and the Awards Brunch.  All registered boats will receive 6 Entry I.D.'s for admission to all events along with dinner, T-shirts, hats, tournament bag and other gifts and information.  Other prizes will be awarded. Make sure you pick up your bag before departure. Special object of the day is included and required for each day of fishing.

Additional Entry I.D.'s and tournament gear can be purchased at registration.

 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 6th

1-7pm - Early Registration at Fox Yacht Sales - 203 West Cotter, Port Aransas, TX.

Register Early/Pick up Tournament Bags

Thursday, August 7th

1-7 pm - Final Registration and Captains Party in Port Aransas, TX.

at

Virginia's Restaurant

and registration is also available

at

Coastline Marine

in Seabrook, Texas

***Final Chance for Entries***

      5 pm - Registration Closes in Seabrook, Texas

      7 pm - Registration Closes in Port Aransas, Texas

      5 pm - Boats may depart anytime after 5 pm from all ports.  

 Friday, August 8th

      12:01 am - Fishing Begins- use your GPS for correct time

   7-11 - Weigh Station On Call - Please call in 2 hours before arrival if weighing fish.

To weigh-in from 7-11 pm call John Cochrane 409-739-4817

  Saturday, August 9th

2-6 pm - Weigh Station Open

  6 pm - Weigh Station Closed

8 pm - Memorial Dinner

Virginia's Restaurant

Sunday, August 10th

10 -11 am - Awards Brunch for all participants 

Virginia's Restaurant

 

Tournament Rules

2014

Last year we modified the rules slightly and changed some categories.

Please read the rules carefully and give us a call if you have any questions.

    -By entering this tournament, participants agree to abide by all rules and decisions.

 All committee decisions are final.

   Contestants are boats.  

There may not be any pooling of catch or transfer of catch from one boat to another.

 In the event of a mechanical failure that disables a participant’s boat, a substitute boat may be used at the discretion  and coordination of the tournament director. Any substitution must take place at the dock, not offshore.

All boats must be registered and all fees paid before leaving their respective ports on Thursday, Aug 7th.

Boats may depart anytime after 5pm.

    All boats are required to return to Port Aransas, Texas to weigh any fish or submit release tapes,

 regardless of departure port.

   -Fishing time starts at 12:01 am on August 8, 2014 and ends at 6 pm August 9, 2014 at the close of the weigh station. Stop fishing in time to make the 6 pm deadline if you boat or release a fish. Boats must be inside the breakwater at Port Aransas Municipal Harbor Breakwater (not Port Aransas jetties) at 6 pm. No exceptions. Boats waiting in line to weigh fish or submit videos inside the Port Aransas Harbor at 6 pm will be considered on time. All times are local CDST and available on your GPS (corrected from Coordinated Universal Time)

Use your GPS for correct time.

      - Contestants will contact a committee boat on VHF Channel 68 or call Tournament Headquarters at 409-739-4817 immediately after boating or releasing an eligible billfish. It is not necessary to call in hook-ups, only catch or release information. It is also not necessary to call in tuna, wahoo or dolphin. For released billfish the committee boat will also record the time of release. Be sure the committee boat gets your information. A list of committee boats and contact information will be included in your tournament bag.

    - In the event that no contact can be made with a committee boat, have another boat relay the information to a committee boat for you or call Tournament Headquarters at 409-739-4817. If all attempts to reach a committee boat fail, another tournament boat can take your catch information, be sure to get the boat's name and make sure they record the time.  

If you are unable to contact a committee boat, but have telephone service, you may also call

Tournament Headquarters at 409-739-4817 to report your catch.

    - All boats are required to have a video camera to verify release of billfish. NO EXCEPTIONS. Releases should be confirmed by nearby boats, if possible, and reported to a committee boat.

 

Jungle Rules!

 There are no angling rules other than the fish must be caught on an IGFA conventional rod and reel and boated by hand or gaff. Anyone may handle the fishing rod. 

No harpoons, shooting, explosives, poison, electric reels, electric shock, entangling devices, nets, longlines or other non-sporting devices may be used.

    -Fish must be weighed in edible condition. This rule will be strictly enforced. Remember to take plenty of ice and insulated fish bags. All fish must remain in the weigh master’s possession until the end of the tournament or until released by weigh master.

    -Boats weighing fish will be responsible for those fish after weigh- in. This includes Blue Marlin

    -No mutilated or frozen fish accepted!

    -A boat may fish as many lines as desired.

    -All fish must be caught in accordance with State and Federal Laws.

    -A weather committee comprised of the tournament committee and selected registered participants may decide to postpone the tournament in case of bad weather. Sunday, August 10th may be used as a weather day, if necessary. One day of fishing constitutes the tournament. If the tournament is cancelled due to weather, entry fees will be refunded less tournament expenses.

     - Regardless of weather, the captain/owner of each vessel is responsible for decisions made regarding the safety of their vessel.

   -Conduct: the committee will consider unsportsman-like conduct as grounds for disqualification. Contestants are responsible for their crew’s actions. Committee decisions are final.

Protests: The only situation where a protest will be considered is in regards to a violation of the tournament rules. All protests should be substantial in nature, include documented evidence and must be submitted to the Tournament Director, in writing, before 7 pm, August 9, 2014. A $500 cash deposit must be included with the protest. The deposit will be returned only if the protest is upheld. The Tournament Committee will resolve all disputes and their decision is final.

 POLYGRAPH: All participants (including captain, crew or guest) agree to submit to a polygraph test if requested by the Tournament Committee. Failure to submit to such an exam will result in the disqualification of the boat, at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Any participant disqualified by the Tournament Committee for cheating, attempting to cheat or any other dishonest conduct may not be allowed to participate in future tournaments.

Intentionally filling a fish with water or any other substance is considered cheating. 

 

Scoring

Our Tournament promotes the release of Billfish!

    This point system is designed to promote releasing all Blue Marlin under 500 lbs. 

All White Marlin and Sailfish must be released!

Blue Marlin are the only billfish eligible to weigh in the Billfish and Blue Marlin Pools and must be at least 101” in short length  - the Lower tip of the jaw to the fork of the tail.

Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sailfish are the only fish scored in the billfish pools. 

Swordfish are not scored in the billfish pools. 

 

A Blue Marlin release counts the same as bringing a 500 lb blue to the dock!

Point System

           Blue Marlin Weighed-in                                    1 point per pound

        Blue Marlin Released                                          500 points

        White Marlin Released                                        150 points

        Sailfish Released                                             100 points

   Bonus Points  

     Blue Marlin 600 lbs. and over.        1 point per pound +900 points   

   -Highest aggregate score determines the winner(s). In the case of a tie on weighed fish, length prevails. On released fish, if the score is tied, the boat catching the most blue marlin releases wins. If still tied, the boat with the earliest release time wins. If there is a tie between boats with weighed fish and released fish, the boat with the most weighed points wins.

Entry Fee and Boat Pools

    -Entry Fee and Mandatory Boat pool must be at Tournament Headquarters on or before July 15, 2014 to qualify for discounted entry fee - $1200. After July 15th, entry fee is $1,500. Final entry deadline is 7:00 pm August 87h, 2014 in Port Aransas, Texas.  

             Entry Fee                          $1,500  

              Discount Entry Fee before July 15th                         $1,200                                              

Mandatory Billfish Pool                         $1,000            

                   Optional Billfish Pools              $2,000   $3,000   $5,000           

                              Optional Blue Marlin Pools              $2,000   $3,000   $5,000  (Blue Marlin Only)          

A Special Word about the Blue Marlin Pools!

Last year there was a little confusion about the Blue Marlin Pools...

The pools are NOT just for weighed blue marlin, but include released blue marlin points just like the Billfish Pools..

These new pools are for Blue Marlin Only and are for those participants strictly interested in blues..

Boats can enter any or all of the Billfish or Blue Marlin Pools they desire.

All of these pools will pay four places in each pool.

    The Optional Boat and Fish Pools are exactly that... optional, and are not required or included in the entry fee.  Entry into the Optional Pools is not required to be eligible for the Tournament trophies and awards. Payout on all Optional Pools is 95%. 5% Administrative cost deducted.

 

   -All Billfish and Blue Marlin Pools use an aggregate point system. The boat with the most points wins.

SCORING IN THE BLUE MARLIN POOLS USES THE AGGREGATE POINT SYSTEM FOR RELEASED OR WEIGHED BLUES

*All BILLFISH pools will pay up to 4 places*

*All BLUE MARLIN pools will pay up to 4 places*

 

 Number of Places              4      3      2     1

      1st  Place                 50%    50%   65%   100%

2nd Place                  25%   30%    35% 

             3rd Place                  15%   20%                    

       4th Place                  10%                    

 

Captain and Mate's pools are winner take all.

Optional Captain's Pool        $250 - most billfish points

Optional Mate's Pool         $250 - most billfish points

 

Optional Fish Pools

NEW !

Pays Two Places this Year!

The two Heaviest Fish in each Pool Win!

1st Place - 65%  / 2nd Place - 35%

A BOAT MAY WIN MORE THAN ONE PLACE

ONLY ONE FISH CAUGHT IN A POOL PAYS 100%

(25 lb. Minimum weight (Federal minimums apply also!)

Yellowfin Tuna Pools               $500 / $1000 / $2,000

Wahoo Pools                     $500 / $1000 / $2,000

Dolphin Pools                      $500 / $1000 / $2,000

            Swordfish Pool                         $1000                     

 

 Tournament Awards and Cash Prizes!  

Includes all participants

Tournament Places will be decided by the winners of the Mandatory Pool

Tournament Champion will have the boat's name engraved on the perpetual Bob Byrd Memorial Trophy and will receive the Champion Trophy, a rod and reel, the tournament champion pennant.

    Top Four Places receive trophies

    Top Captain receives the Capt. Bill Hart Memorial Trophy

 Top Mate receives the Stewart Campbell Memorial Trophy

The Largest Fish weighed in the tournament receives the Alfred Glassell Memorial Trophy

CASH PRIZES

 Includes all participants

$2,000 to the boat releasing the largest blue marlin determined by video review committee!

 $1,000  to the boat releasing the 1st blue marlin!

 $1,000  to the boat releasing the most billfish!

The Largest Blue Marlin Released prize will be determined by the Tournament Committee reviewing video footage. All participants are eligible for this prize. Participants should be aware that this is a judgment call and it can be difficult determine the exact measurement of a live fish on a moving boat in the open ocean. Due to these circumstances, the committee's decision is final, no protests will be accepted. If you have a large fish, please take your time and get plenty of good video footage.

For the Most Billfish Released prize, in case of a tie, tournament scoring rules apply.

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Fish Pool Awards

The largest fish of each species receives a trophy.

You must be entered in an optional fish pool to receive the largest fish trophy of that species

The Largest Yellowfin Tuna

The Largest Wahoo

The Largest Dolphin

The Largest Swordfish

 

 

Video Release Rules

    All boats are required to have a video camera to verify release of billfish.

All boats will be required to present their video at the Weigh-in Station for the Tournament Committee to review and verify.

All boats must be able to connect their camera to a TV Monitor, Laptop or other device when presenting their video for verification at the Weigh-in Station. It is up to the participant to furnish everything needed to view their video!

***NO  EXCEPTIONS*** 

-Releases should be confirmed by nearby boats, if possible, and must be reported to a committee boat. If no committee boat can be reached, another tournament boat can verify the catch. Releases can also be reported to Tournament Headquarters - Call John Cochrane 409-739-4817

    -Only releases verified by video camera and verified by Tournament Committee earn points.

    -Each boat is responsible for it’s own video equipment

    -It’s a good idea to film with more than one camera in case of equipment failure.

    -After a catch, pan the cockpit. Confirming no other lines in the water.

 

    Each release video must show the following:

          Angler fighting the fish showing the object of the day. Entire fight is not necessary.

  Clear identification of species

      Wireman with leader in hand AND showing the object of the day during wiring and release

     Wiring and release of fish showing hook removal or cutting of leader with the fish swimming

away, followed by an immediate and complete pan of the cockpit.

          The camera should not stop during wiring, release and complete pan of cockpit.

If the wireman has the leader in hand and the hook pulls, the fish still qualifies if all other rules are satisfied. 

If the fish is only identifiable as a billfish, it will score 100 points.

 

More is Better! The more video we see, the easier it is for us to verify you have met all of the video release requirements!

 

Tournament Director:   Capt. John Cochrane

Tournament Committee:

Hefner Appling, Tye Bralley, David Cochrane, Kevin Deerman, Kirk Elliott,

Chris Fox, Joe Frazer, Jim Glandt, Dee Wallace, Kirk Wiles

Tournament Staff

  Ann Marie Cochrane, Katy Cochrane, Cindy Henderson,

Kerry Howard, Robin Krenek, Jo Ellyn Krueger, Jamie Youngs

Tournament Weighmaster

Duane Engels

Tournament Promotions

David Cochrane

Tournament Artist

Inga Clough Falterman

www.ingaworks.org

Tournament Photographers

Capt. David Cochrane

Jamie Youngs

 

For More Information Call:  

Registration Headquarters:   409-739-4817

Early Registration  - Wednesday, Aug. 6th

Captain's Party and Final Registration - Thursday, Aug. 7th

Fishing Days - Friday 8th - Saturday 9th

Weigh-in and Dinner - Saturday, Aug. 9th

Awards Brunch - Sunday, Aug. 10th 

Port Aransas, Texas

and departure from the Texas port of your choice!

 

 

 

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BIG BLUES OF THE GULF

     LARGEST BLUE MARLIN CAUGHT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO OVER 700 LBS.

   WEIGHT        ANGLER                  BOAT                          LOCATION                     DATE

                                                                           1- 1054.6           Barry Carr                Sea Wolff                    Biloxi, MS. (S.R.)                 6/8/02

                                                                           2- 1046          Conrad Hawkins           Lucky II                  Panama City, FL (S.R.)          7/14/01

                                                                           3- 1038.2       Francisco Iniquez        La Valiente              Veracruz, Mexico (S.R.)         6/19/10

                                                                           4- 1018.5         Linda Koerner            Damifino                   South Pass, LA (S.R.)           7/23/77

                                                                           5- 998.6             Barry Carr                Sea Wolff                     Panama City, FL                 7/16/06

                                                                           6- 980.7       Warren Culbertson      Dixie Darling                     Destin, FL                       6/14/85

                                                                          7- 972.7       Richard Richardson          Legacy                     Rockport, TX (S.R.)              7/11/14

                                                                           8- 958.6            Cliff Stanich               Last Stall                         Venice, LA                       9/7/03

                                                                           9- 917.4            David Pippin            Miss Orleans                  Gulfport, MS                      6/13/97

                                                                           10- 876.5           James Farrow          Defense Rests        S. Padre Island, TX                   8/20/88

                                                                           11- 851           Victor  E. Palma            Pursuit                     Veracruz, Mexico                  9/18/11

                                                                           12- 845.8          Chris Ferrara              Reel Fire              Orange Beach, AL (S.R.)          7/12/13

                                                                           13- 843.7           Deb Hebert              Iona Louise                     Biloxi, MS                         6/6/14

                                                                           14- 828.4         Glenn Summers         Backdown II                  Pensacola, FL                       6/01

                                                                           15- 809           Mauricio Moreno           Kaiser                     Veracruz, Mexico                  4/20/06

                                                                           16- 789.8         Jeremy Powers           Rising Sons               Orange Beach, AL                 7/12/13

                                                                          17- 783.6          Travis Dorland            Done Deal                      Destin, FL                         6/23/12

                                                                          18- 779.3         Marcus Kennedy            Kwazar                   Orange Beach, AL                  5/27/89

                                                                          19- 759.5              Phil Hurst                   Sancha                   Port O’Connor, TX                  7/16/95

                                                                          20- 756             Sydney Turner        You Never Know           Orange Beach, AL                  5/26/13

                                                                          21- 751.6           Keith English          Click Through                 Pensacola, FL                       6/30/07

                                                                          22- 745         Manning McPhillips         Huntress                    Panama City, FL                      7/85

                                                                          23- 744             Ryan Robichaux            Freedom                        Venice, LA                         6/2/12

                                                                          24- 743.5             Greg Keffer               Wild Thing                     Freeport, TX                      6/17/95

                                                                          25- 740                Camilo Kuri                   Moro                      Veracruz, Mexico                  6/10/13

                                                                          26- 738              Archie Lowery               Invader                      South Pass, LA                     7/4/80

                                                                          27- 731.9             Pepe Torres                 Jeromar                   Veracruz, Mexico                  3/20/11

                                                                          28- 730.2           Ken Mcilhenny               Kismet                       Pensacola, FL                       8/88

                                                                          29- 725               Jerry Pickett               Little Mako               Port Mansfield, TX                  7/87

                                                                          30- 723             Louis Gautreaux        C’est Tout Bon               Grand Isle, LA                    7/23/04

                                                                          31- 722.8           Joel Broussard                 C-Ya                            Biloxi, MS                        6/10/06

                                                                          32-722.2             Laurie McVay           Reel Addiction             Orange Beach, AL                7/13/13

                                                                          33- 722               Terry Affolter                 Freda B                   Port Mansfield,TX                  7/82

                                                                          34- 721.7        Christopher Howat         Birdie Time                     Biloxi, MS                         6/9/12

                                                                          35- 714.7             Chip Temple              Jasper Time                     Destin, FL                        6/20/09

                                                                          36- 712               Brian Barnhill               High Risk                   South Pass, LA                     6/5/98

                                                                          37- 710               Travis Dorland            Cotton Patch               Orange Beach, AL                5/24/14

                                                                          38- 708.5               Chris Davis                Sea Mixer                      Venice, LA                        5/31/14

                                                                          39- 707.9           Dixie Snellgrove              Karma                        Pensacola, FL                        7/99

                                                                          40- 706.4       Christopher Albritton          Lit Up                    Orange Beach, AL                   5/29/11

                                                                          41- 706.1             Bob Johnson              Pipe Dream                      Venice, LA                         5/31/14

                                                                          42- 706                   Bob Byrd               Cajun Playboy                  Freeport, TX                        6/20/92

                                                                          43- 702.5             Cole Casady                   Patron                           Biloxi, MS                          6/10/11

                                                                          44- 700.5           Gary Middleton         Mechanical Man           Port O’Connor, TX                  7/15/05

 

This is an unofficial list. I have compiled this information with my best intentions through limited research.

If you have more information on these fish or a fish not listed weighing 700+  lbs.  please contact me @ 409-739-4817.

This list is for documented - weighed fish only. (S.R.) = State Record

BY MONTH:  March – 1  April – 1  May – 5  June – 18  July – 15  August – 2  September - 2

Ó 2014 CAPT. JOHN COCHRANE

 

Letter to the Tournament:

My name is Robert Veselka, I fished on the "Bottom Dollar" with Joe Frazer in the 2007 Texas Legends Billfish Tournament this past weekend. I wanted to compliment your group that put the tournament together. I fished the Poco Bueno for 26 years in a row on the "Satisfaction" with Edwin Hawn and on the "Ventura" with Dale Schrader; fortunate enough to be on the boat when we won first place in 1993 and second place in 1994. I then went to Bermuda in 2004 and 2005 fishing the July tournaments for the Bermuda Triple Crown. Of all of the tournaments I have been to in my 30 years experience, I found the Texas Legends was the most professional presented tournament I have been to. My compliments to your group. RMV. With the format you have, I feel you have the potential to become "the" tournament to fish on the Texas coast, with the largest payout within a year or two. I will be 76 in two weeks and am probably the oldest regular offshore fisherman around since Bill Hart passed away. However, I do know the difference between a regular fishing tournament and a "GREAT" tournament and this year's Texas Legends was just that.

Robert Veselka   

Portland, Texas    August 13, 2007

 

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2013 Results!!

Fleet - 49 Boats

 Total Prize money over $675,000!

 

 
        BLUE WHITE    TOTAL  
BOAT NAME MAKE OWNER CAPTAIN MARLIN MARLIN SAILFISH POINTS LARGEST FISH WEIGHED
LEGACY VIKING 56 George Gartner Kevin Deerman 2     1000  
CALIENTE VIKING 43 Kelly Owens Keith Banks 1 1 2 850  
SEMPER FI BLACKWELL 65 Mike Scott Tye Bralley 1 1   650  
HOOK N BULL LIGHTNING 63 David Harris Carter Drummond 1     500  
NO COMPROMISE VIKING 61 Alan Roberts Bill Cannan 1     500  
SUMMERTIME BLUES VIKING 55 Cliff Hoskins Ron Mollihan 1     500  
BOOTS UP PHOENIX 32 Holly Harris Jud Harris 1     500  
ISLAND TIME VIKING 48 John Jalufka Mark Davis 1     500 49.05# TF TUNA
LEVELED OUT BERTRAM 54 Ed Williams Mark Walsh 1     500 32.05# WAHOO
BANDIT VIKING 74 Bert Steindorf Kevin Scott   2   300  
CATS MEOW VIKING 65 Russ Ellis Monte Love   1 1 250  
MO AZUL CABO 43 Chad Shamitis Tom Buckner     2 200  
FUGITIVE VIKING 62 John Seger Mike Bohn     2 200  
ALLY CAT VIKING 55 Joel Hoskinson Jason Radford     2 200  
GOT'M ON VIKING 61 Tom Partlow Nate Forbes   1   150  
OH MY GOSH VIKING 64 Aaron Paz Travis Brignon   1   150  
PORT A FINO VIKING 45 Steve Packer John Brennan   1   150  
SEA DOLLARS BERTRAM 60 Jack Beal Jack Beal     1 100 37.35# DORADO
LA PAVO REAL BERTRAM 46 Walker Schmidt Bucky Bonner     1 100  
TICO TIME HATTERAS 65 Dennis Wilkerson Mike Hester     1 100  
DOC HOLIDAY FOUNTAIN 38 John LoMonaco Robert Nichols     1 100  
DOOR PRIZE TIARA 43 Edward Steves Jordan Adams     1 100  
REBECCA F&S 63 John Ramming Tommy Guildner     1 100  
HOT ROD VIKING 56 John Murray Sean Sweatman     1 100  
LET IT RIDE BERTRAM 50 Gary Edwards Peter Young     1 100  
BUSINESS INTERUPTION VIKING 45 Tom Carlisle Don Thrasher     1 100  
MARLIN MAJIC VENTURE 39 Wayne Brock Wayne Brock     1 100 49# SWORDFISH
FIRST CHOICE HATTERA 60 Dennis Pasentine Dennis Pasentine         139.9# YF TUNA/80# WAHOO
DOC HOLIDAY FOUNTAIN 38 John LoMonaco Robert Nichols         103# SWORDFISH
PANDEMONIUM VIKING 50 Mke Altman Chase Latham         31# DORADO
SCANDALOUS SCULLEY 55 Rusty Little Carlos Figaroa         31.95# DORADO
BUCKANEER BERTRAM 54 Jeff Collier Jeff Collier         49.75#YF TUNA
                 
      TOTAL BILLFISH - 36 10 8 19    
                 

 

  TEXAS LEGENDS 2013  
  BOAT POOL WINNERS  
BILLFISH POOL WINNERS POINTS
$1,000 LEGACY 1000
MANDATORY CALIENTE 850
  SEMPER FI 650
  HOOK N BULL 500
BILLFISH POOL WINNERS POINTS
$2,000 LEGACY 1000
  CALIENTE 850
  HOOK N BULL 500
  ISLAND TIME 500
BILLFISH POOL WINNERS POINTS
$3,000 LEGACY 1000
  CALIENTE 850
  SEMPER FI 650
  HOOK N BULL 500
BILLFISH POOL WINNERS POINTS
$5,000 HOOK N BULL 500
  ISLAND TIME 500
  BANDIT 300
  GOT'M ON 150
     
 BLUE MARLIN POOL WINNERS POINTS
$2,000 LEGACY 1000
  HOOK N BULL 500
  ISLAND TIME 500
 BLUE MARLIN POOL WINNERS POINTS
$3,000 LEGACY 1000
  HOOK N BULL 500
  SEMPER FI 500
  SUMMERTIME BLUES 500
 BLUE MARLIN POOL WINNERS POINTS
$5,000 HOOK N BULL 500
  SEMPER FI 500
  ISLAND TIME 500
POOL WINNERS POINTS
CAPT $250 LEGACY 1000
MATE $250 LEGACY 1000

 

POOL WINNERS POINTS
 YFTuna $2000  1st FIRST CHOICE 139.9
 YFTuna $2000  2nd ISLAND TIME 49.05
YFTuna $1000  1st FIRST CHOICE 139.9
YFTuna $1000  2nd ISLAND TIME 49.05
YFTuna $500  1st FIRST CHOICE 139.9
YFTuna $500  2nd BUCKANEER 49.75
Wahoo $2000  1st FIRST CHOICE 80.3
Wahoo $2000  2nd FIRST CHOICE 80.3
Wahoo $1000  1st FIRST CHOICE 80.3
Wahoo $1000  2nd LEVELED OUT 32.05
Wahoo $500  1st FIRST CHOICE 80.3
Wahoo $500  2nd LEVELED OUT 32.05
Dorado $2000  1st SEA DOLLARS 37.35
Dorado $2000  2nd SCANDALOUS 31.95
Dorado $1000  1st SEA DOLLARS 37.35
Dorado $1000  2nd SCANDALOUS 31.95
Dorado $500  1st SEA DOLLARS 37.35
Dorado $500  2nd SCANDALOUS 31.95
Swordfish $1000  1st DOC HOLIDAY 103
Swordfish $1000 2nd DOC HOLIDAY 103

Legacy

Last Year's Tournament Champion!

 

 

 

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2012 RESULTS!

48 boats and over $500,000 in prize money!

Over 150 Billfish caught again!

 Click on a Boat Name for more Information!

 
        BLUE WHITE    TOTAL  
BOAT NAME MAKE OWNER CAPTAIN MARLIN MARLIN SAILFISH POINTS FISH BOATED
DONAKEN VIKING 54 KEN PORTER DAVE NOLING 1 1 7 1350  
RIPTIDE BERTRAM 50 CARL SHANKLIN CARL SHANKLIN 2   1 1100  
WIRED UP BERTRAM 37 KEVIN HENNIG BLANTON ROBERTSON 1 1 4 1050  
GAME ON VIKING 45 RANDY WEST STEPHEN WEST   2 7 1000 SWORDFISH 54.6 lbs.
PORT A FINO VIKING 45 STEVE PACKER JOHN BRENNAN   3 5 950 DOLPHIN 22.25 lbs.
MO AZUL CABO 43 CHAD SHIMAITIS NATE FORBES   2 6 900 YELLOWFIN TUNA 73.65 lbs.
LOCOMIA VIKING 61 CHARLES BIEDENHARN RAND CLARK   1 7 850  
HIDEOUT RYBOVICH 60 NATHAN WATSON ANDY FLOOD   3 4 850 YELLOWFIN TUNA 43.7 lbs.
ON LOCATION CAPPS / 57 PAUL KNOWLES BO GIBBS 1   3 800 YELLOWFIN TUNA 119.15 lbs.
SIX CHICKS BERTRAM 45 DOWLER / LINDLEY TROY DAY 1 1 1 750 YF TUNA 44.35 & 31.65 lbs.
HOOK N BULL HOLTON 60 DAVID HARRIS CARTER DRUMMOND   1 6 750  
MOJO SCULLEY 58 WILL LETT BRIAN PHILLIPS   1 6 750  
HOT ROD VIKING 56 JOHN MURRAY RANDY BAKER   2 4 700  
REEL INSANITY SEA ISLAND 58 RYAN ROZYPAL MIKE BOHN   2 4 700 DOLPHIN 35.50 lbs.
HIGH COTTON VIKING 65 PETE BELL ALLAN LEGGE   3 2 650  
SIEMPER FI BLACKWELL 68 MIKE SCOTT TYE BRALLEY     6 600 YELLOWFIN TUNA 90.9 lbs.
WILDCATTER SPENCER 76 DAN HUGHES JOSEPH HOMER   3 1 550 SWORDFISH 48.4 lbs.
LEGACY VIKING 56 GEORGE GARTNER KEVIN DEERMAN   2 2 500  
BIDNEZ YELLOWFIN36 BILL CANNAN BILL CANNAN 1 1   500  
LEVELED OUT BERTRAM 54 ED WILLIAMS LUPE SANCHEZ 1     500  
LADY DIANA CABO 47 DENNIS TUTTLE KEY PUCKETT 1     500  
TICO TIME HATTERAS 65 DENNIS WILKERSON MIKE HESTER 1     500 DOLPHIN 31.70 lbs.
BANDIT VIKING 82 BERT STEINDORF KEVIN SCOTT     5 500  
MARLIN MAJIC VENTURE 39 WAYNE BROCK WAYNE BROCK     5 500  
AKELA HALTER 74 KIRBY MARINA ED BASS   3   450  
CUZ WE CAN VIKING 56 BILL GLENDINNIG TONY CASIAS     4 400  
BOTTOM DOLLAR VIKING 48 JOE FRAZER JOE FRAZER     3 300 DOLPHIN 26.25 lbs.
FAMILY TIES GRADY WHITE 36 DAN PARRISH DAN PARRISH     3 300 WAHOO 33.1 lbs.
DOUBLE OAK SOUTH LUHRS 40 MIKE WILLIAMS SCOTT WEILER     3 300  
ALLY CAT CABO 43 JOELHOSKINSON JASON RADFORD   1 1 250  
SMOOTH FINISH BERTRAM 54 BRAD AERY DONNY ADAMS   1 1 250  
REEL BOUNTY HATTERAS 64 TONY ANNAN KIRK ELLIOTT   1 1 250  
REEEE-BECCA F&S 63 JOHN RAMMING TOMMY GUILDNER   1 1 250  
PASS IT ON VIKING 50 MIKE HOPKINS RICHARD WEISCHWELL     1 100  
PANDEMONIUM VIKING 50 MIKE ALTMAN CHASE LATHAM     1 100  
BLUE EAGLE VIKING 61 BRAD JONES JAMES PARKER     1 100 WAHOO 71.1 lbs.
CAZADORA VIKING 53 SCOTT BROWNHILL TERRY BURTON     1 100 YELLOWFIN TUNA 102.9 lbs.
NOTORIOUS VIKING 48 MARSH MILLER KENDALL MARION         SWORDFISH 142.85 lbs.
CATCHIN' UP HATTERAS 70 HANK JOHNSON MOMI BEAN         WAHOO 48.65 lbs.
SCANDALOUS SCULLEY 55 RUSTY LITTLE TREY LITTLE         DOLPHIN 36.25 lbs.
BUSINESS INTERUPTION VIKING 45 TOM CARLISLE CHASE CARLISLE         TUNA 49.3 lbs.
MECHANICAL MAN WEAVER 68 BEN HEILKER RAY DUNN         WAHOO 39.2 lbs.
MOODY MARLIN CABO 31 LUIS DE LA GARZA LUIS DE LA GARZA          WAHOO 42.4 lbs.
ASPIRATION CABO 45 RONALD JORDAN BRIAN WILSON         WAHOO 61.95 lbs.
      TOTAL BILLFISH -  156 10 36 107   3 SWORDFISH

 

CASH PRIZE WINNERS!

$2,000 to On Location with the largest blue marlin measured on the release ruler!

 $1,000  to Donaken releasing the 1st blue marlin!

 $1,000  to the Game On releasing the most billfish!

 

BOAT POOL WINNERS
2012
POOL WINNERS POINTS
$1,000 DONAKEN 1350
  RIPTIDE 1100
  WIRED UP 1050
  GAME ON 1000
     
POOL WINNERS POINTS
$2,000 DONAKEN 1350
  RIPTIDE 1100
  MO AZUL 900
  LOCOMIA 850
     
POOL WINNERS POINTS
$3,000 DONAKEN 1350
  MO AZUL 900
  LOCOMIA 850
  HIDEOUT 850
     
POOL WINNERS POINTS
$5,000 DONAKEN 1350
  PORT A FINA 950
  MO AZUL 900
  LOCOMIA 850
     
POOL WINNER POINTS
$10,000 WILDCATTER 550
POOL WINNERS POINTS
CAPT $200 DONAKEN 1350
MATE $100 DONAKEN 1350
     
POOL WINNERS POINTS
 YFTuna $2000 SIX CHICKS 44.35
YFTuna $1000 NO WINNER! 0
YFTuna $500 ON LOCATION 119.15
TMania $1000 SIX CHICKS 76
Wahoo $2000 CATCHIN' UP 48.65
Wahoo $1000 BLUE EAGLE 71.1
Wahoo $500 ASPIRATION 61.95
Dorado $2000 SCANDALOUS 36.25
Dorado $1000 SCANDALOUS 36.25
Dorado $500 SCANDALOUS 36.25
Swordfish $1000 NOTORIOUS 142.85

2012 Legends Champion

 

      RIPTIDE 2ND PLACE 

 

 

Tournament Results!

2011 FINAL RESULTS

Click on a Boat Name for more Information!

        BLUE WHITE    TOTAL LARGEST
BOAT NAME MAKE OWNER CAPTAIN MARLIN MARLIN SAILFISH POINTS FISH WEIGHED
LET IT RIDE BERTRAM 50 Gary Edwards Tony Casias 1 4 14 2400  
BANDIT VIKING 82 Bert Steindorf Kevin Scott   5 9 1650  
CALIENTE VIKING 43 Kelly OwenS John Brennan 1 3 7 1550 Dolphin 25.60
SCANDALOUS SCULLEY 55 Rusty Little Trey Little 1 3 7 1550 Dolphin 32.40
SMOOTH FINISH BERTRAM 54 Brad Aery Kirk Bailey 2 2 2 1300  
GOT'M ON VIKING 61 Tom Partlow K.T. Scott   1 11 1250  
MECHANICAL MAN WEAVER 68 Ben Heilker Ray Dunn 2 2   1100  
PIPE DREAM SPENCER 60 Don Milner Justin Drummond 2 1   950  
OLLIE DORA RIVIERA 47 Al Boenker J.L. Gibbs 1 2 1 800 Dolphin 32.30
LOCOMIA VIKING 61 Charles Biedenharn Rand Clark 2     800  
TOP BRASS BERTRAM 46 Douglas Beauchamp Doug Beauchamp 1 1 2 769 BM 419 lbs. Dol 39.1
EL ROSADO VIKING 55 Blake Sandford Dee Wallace   1 6 750  
REEEE...BECCA BERTRAM 54 John Ramming Tommy Guildner