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Garmin Joins as Newest Tag & Release Program Sponsor

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. Garmin’s marine product portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

“Garmin is excited to partner with The Billfish Foundation as a Tag and Release sponsor. The Foundation’s conservation and advocacy efforts around the globe are invaluable, and its success is thanks in part to the dedicated anglers and captains that voluntarily tag, release, and report their billfish catches. The data collected from the Tag and Release program is vital to further understand the billfish species, and Garmin is proud to help support the efforts of the Foundation and participating anglers,” says David Dunn,Garmin Sr. Manager of Marine Sales.

TBF is looking forward to having Garmin on board and excited for the future with all these great companies on board to support TBF’s Tag and Release Program! To learn more about becoming a sponsor of TBF, please contact us via email or by phone (954) 938 0150.

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Garmin Joins as Newest Tag & Release Program Sponsor

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. Garmin’s marine product portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

“Garmin is excited to partner with The Billfish Foundation as a Tag and Release sponsor. The Foundation’s conservation and advocacy efforts around the globe are invaluable, and its success is thanks in part to the dedicated anglers and captains that voluntarily tag, release, and report their billfish catches. The data collected from the Tag and Release program is vital to further understand the billfish species, and Garmin is proud to help support the efforts of the Foundation and participating anglers,” says David Dunn,Garmin Sr. Manager of Marine Sales.

TBF is looking forward to having Garmin on board and excited for the future with all these great companies on board to support TBF’s Tag and Release Program! To learn more about becoming a sponsor of TBF, please contact us via email or by phone (954) 938 0150.

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Rum Bum Racing Exploring Options for 2016

Rum Bum Racing is looking forward to returning to IMSA competition in 2016. The team is now unveiling several exciting options to determine what the program will look like when the green flag flies at Daytona International Speedway next January, looking at both the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

With a committed team owner, a hall of fame crew chief, and a driver roster that is the envy of the paddock, Rum Bum Racing has been delivering results since day one. The two-time champions were once again in the thick of the championship battle all the way through the final moments of the 2015 Continental Tire Challenge season.

With 20 overall victories to its credit, the organization is now looking forward to the next chapter in its competition history, but the question has not yet been answered as to what book that chapter will be in.

With a range of new technical specifications, as well as some compelling new competition options, Rum Bum Racing has a lot of options to consider ahead of 2016.

“I am not sure we’ve had an off-season like this before,” said Matt Plumb, the winningest racer in the Continental Tire Challenge. “There are a lot of different things for us to sort out and we are getting close to where we need to be committed to what we are doing for 2016. We’ve got a great team, and are fortunate to have the facilities in place, so we just have to plug everything in and get going.”

After establishing a championship-winning legacy with BMW, the team made a shock switch to Porsche in 2012.

Having won the first time out in its first race with Porsche equipment and going on to power the iconic brand to two consecutive manufacturer titles, Rum Bum Racing’s success has quickly become synonymous with Porsche. That legacy is deepened by the history of Porsche success that stretches back decades for Joe Varde. Rum Bum Racing’s Florida-based crew chief has not only been crew chief for countless victories with Porsche, he’s also wheeled himself to victory lane all the way back to IMSA Firehawk competition in the Eighties.

The 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Championship is expected to see the debut of the hugely anticipated Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The street GT4 refreshed the enthusiasm of the Porsche faithful with its light weight, added power, and exclusive availability in stick shift form, and was an instant sales success.

With the track-oriented offering boasting a global development cycle and support from Porsche Motorsport North America, the interest is clear for several including Rum Bum Racing management in this new offering.

But it isn’t just Porsche that might make sense for Rum Bum Racing, which has a 100-percent victory rate when joining up with a new manufacturer. The team was critical in helping BMW win the 2010 and 2011 IMSA Manufacturer Championships. In 2012, when the team moved to Porsche, once again Rum Bum helped that brand win the 2012 and 2013 Manufacturer titles.

Also to be thought through is the opportunity that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship provides with the exciting all-new specifications for the GT Daytona (GTD) class, which will now run to a nearly full-specification global GT3 spec. The team is exploring options both for full season or Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races.

The new regulations will see all-new designs from Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW, Audi, and others take their bragging rights to the track. Rum Bum Racing has previous experience in GTD competition at IMSA’s top level, having worked with both Audi Sport customer racing with the R8 in GRAND-AM, as well as with the Porsche 911 GT America package that the team debuted with a typically wild Rum Bum Racing livery at Sebring in 2014.

“GTD is going to be very compelling in 2016,” said Plumb. “Obviously there are a lot of great new entries, but the way IMSA is teaming with manufacturers to build the sport and grow the interest is something that hopefully bears fruit. We have experience at that level and it wouldn’t be that much of an adjustment for us, going to a Patrón (North American) Endurance Cup campaign or even a full season program if everything matched up well. There are a lot of options, but no matter what we do it will have the same level of professionalism and preparation that Mr. Bacardi has always insisted on, so we are eager to sort it out and get going.”

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Hemingway’s Havana Night Live Auction Items

Take a peek at some of the items we have in store for you to bid on for our live auction at our annual fundraiser, Hemingway’s Havana Night! Be sure to bid high, as all the proceeds go to billfish conservation!

For more information on the event and to purchase your tickets or table, click here.

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Hemingway’s Havana Night Live Auction Items

Take a peek at some of the items we have in store for you to bid on for our live auction at our annual fundraiser, Hemingway’s Havana Night! Be sure to bid high, as all the proceeds go to billfish conservation!

For more information on the event and to purchase your tickets or table, click here.

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Private Boats Can Travel Direct to Cuba – BUT Some Restrictions Apply

The Obama administration recently issued new rules that allow U.S. visitors going to Cuba to travel in their own boat, whether for hire or recreation, direct to Cuba.  Some requirements remain that you must satisfy before you set off, though the situation is changing all the time.  We will try to keep you up to date.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association in the U.S. has taken the lead in exploring options for the industry and boaters.

Two visa requirements should be considered for your boat trip to Cuba:

Traveler:

You still are not legally allowed to travel to Cuba as a tourist, so you must self-certify to obtain your travel authorization by selecting one of the 12 categories listed by the Treasury Department, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control:

  1. Family visits
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  3. Journalistic activity
  4. Professional research and professional meetings
  5. Educational activities
  6. Religious activities
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
  8. Support for the Cuban people
  9. Humanitarian projects
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
  12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

For more information on traveling to Cuba please visit TBF’s website, billfish.org https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/country-guidance/sanctioned-destinations/cuba

https://licensing.ofac.treas.gov/Apply/Introduction.aspx

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=9ae4a21068f2bd41d4a5aee843b63ef1&rgn=div5&view=text&node=15:2.1.3.4.25&idno=15#15:2.1.3.4.25.0.1.15

Vessel:

A license for your vessel from the Department of Commerce is still required though on a case by case basis, which surely will be standardized soon.

https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/forms-documents/doc_view/201-temporary-sojourn-license-applications-for-aircraft-and-vessels-to-cuba

You may find it very helpful to work with a leading travel agency that is working with the Marine Manufacturers Association to establish clarity with the vessel licensing.

Cuba Travel Services

Ms. Emily Sanchez

Emily@CubaTravelServices.com

1-562-366-1631

Fishing:

Remember a fishing license is a totally different issue that has to be obtained in Cuba.

TBF’s sportfishing contact in Cuba is Commodore Jose Escrich at the Hemingway Yacht Club, which hosts a billfish tournament each June.  With the dynamic changes taking place with the U.S. and Cuba allowing private U.S. vessels to travel direct to Cuba it is our understanding the Commodore has been swamped with requests, so patience will be required.  Hopefully, soon a standardized process will be established for U.S. anglers and made readily available.  Commodore Escrich, www.hemingwayyachtclub.org .

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Private Boats Can Travel Direct to Cuba – BUT Some Restrictions Apply

The Obama administration recently issued new rules that allow U.S. visitors going to Cuba to travel in their own boat, whether for hire or recreation, direct to Cuba.  Some requirements remain that you must satisfy before you set off, though the situation is changing all the time.  We will try to keep you up to date.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association in the U.S. has taken the lead in exploring options for the industry and boaters.

Two visa requirements should be considered for your boat trip to Cuba:

Traveler:

You still are not legally allowed to travel to Cuba as a tourist, so you must self-certify to obtain your travel authorization by selecting one of the 12 categories listed by the Treasury Department, U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control:

  1. Family visits
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  3. Journalistic activity
  4. Professional research and professional meetings
  5. Educational activities
  6. Religious activities
  7. Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
  8. Support for the Cuban people
  9. Humanitarian projects
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  11. Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
  12. Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

For more information on traveling to Cuba please visit TBF’s website, billfish.org https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/country-guidance/sanctioned-destinations/cuba

https://licensing.ofac.treas.gov/Apply/Introduction.aspx

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=9ae4a21068f2bd41d4a5aee843b63ef1&rgn=div5&view=text&node=15:2.1.3.4.25&idno=15#15:2.1.3.4.25.0.1.15

Vessel:

A license for your vessel from the Department of Commerce is still required though on a case by case basis, which surely will be standardized soon.

https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/forms-documents/doc_view/201-temporary-sojourn-license-applications-for-aircraft-and-vessels-to-cuba

You may find it very helpful to work with a leading travel agency that is working with the Marine Manufacturers Association to establish clarity with the vessel licensing.

Cuba Travel Services

Ms. Emily Sanchez

Emily@CubaTravelServices.com

1-562-366-1631

Fishing:

Remember a fishing license is a totally different issue that has to be obtained in Cuba.

TBF’s sportfishing contact in Cuba is Commodore Jose Escrich at the Hemingway Yacht Club, which hosts a billfish tournament each June.  With the dynamic changes taking place with the U.S. and Cuba allowing private U.S. vessels to travel direct to Cuba it is our understanding the Commodore has been swamped with requests, so patience will be required.  Hopefully, soon a standardized process will be established for U.S. anglers and made readily available.  Commodore Escrich, www.hemingwayyachtclub.org .

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Credible Scientists Take On Sensationalists

It comes as good news to learn of CFOOD, a group of well respected scientists that came together “out of frustration with erroneous stories about fisheries sustainability” to “set the record straight.” Even though many sensational claims about the status of fish have been discredited, they continue to appear in the press as factual. CFOOD’s mission is to identify such reports or claims and provide a quick science-based response. How refreshing it is to know this group of scientists are organized to assess and respond at a time when extreme environmental organizations bombard the public and decision makers with reports that all is doomed and calling, in the case of marine fish, for waters to be closed to all fishing. CFOOD first took on the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) recently released Living Blue Planet Report that asserts the populations of tunas, mackerels and bonitos declined by 74% between 1970 through 2010. After reviewing published scientific stock assessment results from the international tuna regional fisheries management organizations and other science-based entities, the WWF claim was refuted.

CFOOD reported that “the adult biomass of 26 populations of tunas, mackerels and Spanish mackerels had declined by 52% between 1954 and 2006.” The expert then pointed out WWF used its own database, the Living Planet Index (LPI), which allows anyone to submit data through a portal. A stark contrast was that the LPI did not include data from a single stock assessment conducted by any tuna regional fisheries management organizations. CFOOD also reported problems with how WWF used other data resources.

On its website, CFOOD has “Myths” posted, including a claim made in a 2006 that “All Fish Stocks Will Collapse by 2048”, which got coverage on the front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post newspapers. Scientific evidence debunking the 2006 myth is also posted, which found that “on average fish stocks where abundance was available were not decline, but increases and declines were roughly equal.” We at TBF welcome the presence and actions of CFOOD to help counter sensational claims threatening to cause decision makers or members of the public to overreact.

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Credible Scientists Take On Sensationalists

It comes as good news to learn of CFOOD, a group of well respected scientists that came together “out of frustration with erroneous stories about fisheries sustainability” to “set the record straight.” Even though many sensational claims about the status of fish have been discredited, they continue to appear in the press as factual. CFOOD’s mission is to identify such reports or claims and provide a quick science-based response. How refreshing it is to know this group of scientists are organized to assess and respond at a time when extreme environmental organizations bombard the public and decision makers with reports that all is doomed and calling, in the case of marine fish, for waters to be closed to all fishing. CFOOD first took on the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) recently released Living Blue Planet Report that asserts the populations of tunas, mackerels and bonitos declined by 74% between 1970 through 2010. After reviewing published scientific stock assessment results from the international tuna regional fisheries management organizations and other science-based entities, the WWF claim was refuted.

CFOOD reported that “the adult biomass of 26 populations of tunas, mackerels and Spanish mackerels had declined by 52% between 1954 and 2006.” The expert then pointed out WWF used its own database, the Living Planet Index (LPI), which allows anyone to submit data through a portal. A stark contrast was that the LPI did not include data from a single stock assessment conducted by any tuna regional fisheries management organizations. CFOOD also reported problems with how WWF used other data resources.

On its website, CFOOD has “Myths” posted, including a claim made in a 2006 that “All Fish Stocks Will Collapse by 2048”, which got coverage on the front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post newspapers. Scientific evidence debunking the 2006 myth is also posted, which found that “on average fish stocks where abundance was available were not decline, but increases and declines were roughly equal.” We at TBF welcome the presence and actions of CFOOD to help counter sensational claims threatening to cause decision makers or members of the public to overreact.

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YETI Cooler Joins as Newest Tag & Release Sponsor

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is extremely excited to announce and welcome aboard YETI Coolers as a new Tag & Release Program sponsor. A leader in the outdoor recreational industry, YETI joins other top businesses in the sportfishing community as a Tag & Release sponsor including Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic Gear, King Sailfish Mounts, Casa Vieja Lodge, and Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund. The passion and appreciation for the outdoors is something YETI founders, Roy and Ryan Seiders have incorporated into their company. YETI clearly understands the importance of giving back to conservation efforts and TBF is one of many conservation groups they support.

YETI Coolers revolutionized the way that outdoor enthusiast look at coolers. No expenses are spared in the design and construction of their high quality, roto-molded coolers.  The numerous features found on their coolers and durability makes YETI coolers extremely versatile with an almost endless number of uses.  The results of this are a bulletproof cooler that not only keeps ice for days, but now is considered an essential piece of equipment most anglers won’t leave the dock without.

TBF is looking forward to having YETI on board and excited for the future with all these great companies on board to support TBF’s Tag and Release Program! To learn more about becoming a sponsor of TBF, please contact us via email or by phone (954) 938 0150.

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YETI Cooler Joins as Newest Tag & Release Sponsor

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is extremely excited to announce and welcome aboard YETI Coolers as a new Tag & Release Program sponsor. A leader in the outdoor recreational industry, YETI joins other top businesses in the sportfishing community as a Tag & Release sponsor including Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic Gear, King Sailfish Mounts, Casa Vieja Lodge, and Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund. The passion and appreciation for the outdoors is something YETI founders, Roy and Ryan Seiders have incorporated into their company. YETI clearly understands the importance of giving back to conservation efforts and TBF is one of many conservation groups they support.

YETI Coolers revolutionized the way that outdoor enthusiast look at coolers. No expenses are spared in the design and construction of their high quality, roto-molded coolers.  The numerous features found on their coolers and durability makes YETI coolers extremely versatile with an almost endless number of uses.  The results of this are a bulletproof cooler that not only keeps ice for days, but now is considered an essential piece of equipment most anglers won’t leave the dock without.

TBF is looking forward to having YETI on board and excited for the future with all these great companies on board to support TBF’s Tag and Release Program! To learn more about becoming a sponsor of TBF, please contact us via email or by phone (954) 938 0150.

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Rum Bum Racing Secures Second in Championship at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Ga. (2 October 2015) – The 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship staged its final race of the season at Road Atlanta on Friday and Rum Bum Racing and the team’s drivers Matt and Hugh Plumb secured second in both the team and drivers championships.

It capped off what has been an incredible season for the Florida-based Rum Bum Racing organization which won three races this year and claimed five podium results in 10 races. Hugh Plumb delivered several strong qualifying performances, earning a front row start five times.

Further solidifying how well the Rum Bum Racing team prepared for each race weekend, the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche completed 95.4% of race laps this year which added to its remarkable accomplishment of 91.4% laps completed since the team’s debut in 2010.

“This season we were one of the challengers, but at the same time, we were the underdog,”said Matt Plumb, who serves as Team Manager in addition to his driving duties. “I think there was a lot of pressure for the Stevenson guys to win this year and they did a good job winning it. It was our job to keep them honest and I think we did a good job of that. This is our car’s fourth year so for us to have ended its career and its life finishing just behind a factory team like Stevenson, it’s pretty monumental. It’s really a testament to this team and certainly the little engine that could.”

The season-finale Road Atlanta event brought heavy rain to the area, but with the weather radar showing that the rain would clear out during the race, Rum Bum Racing opted to start on slick Continental Tires. Unfortunately, the predicted weather did not come to fruition, and rain fell steadily as the race opened.

Qualifying had been rained out and the grid was set by championship point order which saw Hugh Plumb open from outside of the front row on the slick Continental Tires. But as the GS class field frontrunners all ran on rain tires in the opening laps on what had become a very slick track, Hugh Plumb slipped to sixth as he struggled to find grip as the leaders were able to lap the track several seconds faster than he was.

Following several long green flag runs accompanied by two caution periods, Matt Plumb took control of the No. 13 Porsche with just under an hour remaining.

Unfortunately, the poor weather conditions created a debilitating fogging situation on the windshield of the Porsche which left Plumb constantly using a squeegee on the inside of the windshield in addition to driving the car just to be able to see the track ahead.

The Rum Bum squad took advantage of a late-race caution with 30 minutes to go to bring the No. 13 Porsche to pit lane to clean the windshield and take on fresh Continental Tires. Plumb lined up 12th in the order on the final restart and despite the poor visibility, powered through to bring home ninth at the finish.

“For all the perfect days we’ve had as a team, sometimes days like this just happen in racing,” said Hugh Plumb. “The conditions were very bad out there. We had gone out in the rain earlier in the week and our car was great. The water was just not going away today, there were puddles everywhere and not only could we not see, our car just didn’t like it. The car was a little nervous. At the end of the day we got second in the championship and that’s something to be proud of. A huge thank you to everyone on this team that Luis Bacardi assembled to run this program on a job well done this year.”

Rum Bum Racing celebrated its season at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship Banquet at Chateau Élan Winery & Resort Friday evening.

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Rum Bum Racing Aiming High at Road Atlanta

Orlando, Fla. (28 September 2015) – The 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will close out its 2015 season this Friday at Road Atlanta after a championship season that has stretched across North America.

For Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing, the goal remains the same as it has all year long as the squad targets victory in the 2015 season-finale race.

The Orlando, Florida-based team has delivered yet another strong season in GS class competition. The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche has led over 150 laps in nine races this year with the brother driving duo of Matt and Hugh Plumb standing on the podium five times.


Three of those podiums came in the form of a win at Daytona International Speedway, Road America, and Virginia International Raceway. With three victories in the books, Rum Bum Racing would like nothing more than to close the season in the same way it opened it: on top with a win.

The 2.54-mile road course located outside of Atlanta is one that was added to the IMSA schedule in 2013. Rum Bum Racing scored the pole and finished 10th in that first visit and then followed that up with a run to third in last year’s season-ending race.

“We’ll go into this weekend and just to do the same job that we’ve always done,” said Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb. “And that’s to perform to the best of our ability. If we have a car to win, if we have the track that suits the Porsche, we’ll go for the win. If we’re a second place car, we still want to win. We’re always trying to push a little bit further than what our car is capable of. With the team that we have, with the pit stops that we have, it’s possible. Our guys are the best in the business and we want to finish out the season on a high note.”

Rum Bum Racing will take to the track on Tuesday for a promoter test day. Official practice begins with a 45-minute session on Wednesday afternoon and another 45-minute session Thursday morning. Qualifying goes green Thursday afternoon at 5:15 PM ET.

The 2.5-hour race will begin at 12:15 PM ET on Friday with LIVE coverage on IMSA.com.

FOX Sports 1 will televise the event on Sunday, October 18 at 9:00 AM ET.

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TUNE IN ALERT – Circuit of the Americas

Rum Bum Racing was back in action for the penultimate round of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition at Circuit of the Americas last weekend. Tune in this Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

BROADCAST: FOX Sports 1, 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 27

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Rum Bum Racing Snakebit in Texas

Austin, Texas (18 September 2015) – In racing, even when everything goes according to plan, the racing gods occasionally step in and tear up the script.

That was exactly the case on Friday for Rum Bum Racing after what looked to be a winning run came to a heartbreaking halt with less than an hour to go in the race. Despite great team execution and outstanding race pace, and even with a healthy contingent of supporters including Jennifer Bacardi’s sister Jill on hand from Wisconsin, the championship hopes were dashed after the car was not able to finish the race.

Hugh Plumb opened the race from the front row after qualifying the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche second on the grid for the fourth time this year. He wasted no time in taking over the race lead as he maneuvered the No. 13 Porsche past the pole-sitting Mustang on the very first lap and never looked back. He had put nearly a nine-second lead over the field when Crew Chief Joe Varde brought the car to pit lane just prior to a full course caution for a full service stop about 50 minutes in.

“The car really shines in this heat,” said Hugh Plumb of the run. “It was very consistent and getting out front early, getting in the fresh air, and having the battle being behind me is everything a driver can hope for so we got a bit of a good start.”

Matt Plumb took control of the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche and once the caution period ran its course and every car made a pit stop, Plumb found himself back at the front of the field as he led the group to the green. Matt Plumb focused on tire management as well as running consistent race laps as he pulled his leading margin to nearly a four-second advantage.

A second full course caution was displayed with about an hour remaining in the race and Varde made yet another brilliant strategy call to take on four tires and fuel. The other GS competitors each took just two tires which saw Plumb exit the pit lane fifth in line.

Following the restart with 50 minutes to run, Plumb make it look easy as he made his way through the V8s of the Camaros and Mustangs to run second in line and challenge for the race lead.

Unfortunately all that championship momentum and champagne potential came to a heart breaking halt as a fluke mechanical issue came to fruition when debris punctured the radiator and left Plumb stranded at the side of the track from second place.

The IMSA Radio commentators remarked on the heads up driving from Matt Plumb as he recognized the issue and pulled off to a safe area on track.

“First of all I’d like to say what a fantastic event this is at Circuit of the Americas,” said Team Manager and Driver Matt Plumb. “The fans here have been fantastic. We’re the team coming into this as the underdog with two races to go and 10 points back. We’re surrounded by factory teams, and we’re the independent team, the little team that could. But we like to be, because we’re pretty tough underdogs. Going into this weekend, the car was fast, the Rum Bum team as usual was on top of their game. We settled into a good pace and were just very consistent. Our strategy was playing out very well, we took four tires and everyone else took two. Everything was going to plan until something came out of left field and took us out of the race. It’s a bit of a mystery but something came through and poked a hole into the radiator. It’s unfortunate that all the preparation in the world can’t account for things like that. Extremely proud of this team, I want to thank the Bacardi family, Joe Varde, and everybody on this team. Congratulations to the No. 6 on their win today.”

The 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship will commence at Road Atlanta in two weeks.

The Circuit of the Americas event will be televised on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 PM ET.

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Fourth Front Row Start of the Year for Rum Bum Racing at Circuit of the Americas

Austin, Texas. (17 September 2015) – Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing got off to another fast start at Circuit of the Americas on Thursday as Hugh Plumb qualified the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche second on the grid for Friday’s 2.5-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. The result marked the fourth race of the 2015 season in which the Rum Bum Porsche has started from the front row.

Hugh Plumb, who shares the car with his brother Matt Plumb, put down a fast lap of 2:23.443-seconds around the 3.427-mile road course just outside of Austin, Texas. That was enough for second on the grid, just two tenths off of the pole setting time.


The Florida-based team is aiming to add a third consecutive victory to its tally after winning the two previous events of Road America and Virginia International Raceway. Rum Bum Racing sits just 10 points out of the championship lead heading into the final two rounds of competition at Circuit of the Americas and then Road Atlanta.

“As always, Rum Bum Racing gives me 100% and they gave me a great car today,” said Hugh Plumb. “It’s great to be at this famous track surrounded by so many passionate race fans. It’s going to be hot tomorrow and it’s going to be greasy. As always, we’ll do the best we can tomorrow to put some distance between us and the (championship leading) No. 6 car. With this kind of team behind me, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I can’t thank Luis Bacardi and the whole Bacardi family enough for giving me the incredible opportunity to race for the best in the business.”

With just two practice sessions ahead of Thursday’s 15-minute qualifying run, track time was limited and Rum Bum Racing worked to get the most out of its No. 13 Porsche machine. The squad was immediately quick as Matt Plumb went fastest in the first practice session on Wednesday afternoon. A second practice Thursday morning saw the No. 13 set the fourth quickest time.

The Circuit of the Americas race goes green at 12:40 PM local time (1:40 PM ET) on Friday with LIVE video streaming on IMSA.com. The race action can also be viewed on the IMSA app.

Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for LIVE race updates.

FOX Sports 1 will televise the event on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 PM ET.

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Championship Revs Up for Rum Bum Racing at Circuit of the Americas

Orlando, Fla. (15 September 2015) – When it is time to step up to the plate, it is good to have some experience under the spotlight. For Rum Bum Racing, the stage is set as the team looks to make the most of the final two races of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season as drivers Matt and Hugh Plumb head to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend.

The team is fresh off of a huge victory in the previous round at Virginia International Raceway three weeks ago in which another brilliant strategy call from Crew Chief Joe Varde saw the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche come out on top.

With the win, Rum Bum Racing gained ground in its championship hunt and now sits just 10 points out of the top spot heading into the COTA round. The team has two IMSA Championships to its credit, and would love nothing more than to add to that legacy of success.

Rum Bum Racing has made two previous starts at the 3.427-mile Texas road course located outside of Austin which is one of the crown jewel racing facilities in North America. Starting third in both outings, Rum Bum Racing finished fourth in 2013 but suffered some bad racing luck in last year’s race after a piece of debris caused the serpentine belt to come off during the first pace lap.

But the persevering Rum Bum squad made a quick fix and lost just two laps as the team clawed back for 14th at the finish.

So far this year, the 2015 IMSA season has seen the Rum Bum team take three victories and five podiums in eight races. The organization aims to add a similar performance at COTA on Friday.

“VIR was just incredible and an awesome highlight for this entire team, but now we are all focused ahead on what we’ve got to do in these next two races,” said Matt Plumb. “As much as we want to do well in the championship, we can’t really be thinking about it. We just have to run as hard as we can these two races and execute as a group like we’ve been doing and see where things end up. COTA is a great track, and after our bad break there last year hopefully we can get a little bit better luck this Friday.”

The COTA event kicks off with practice on Wednesday, with another practice and qualifying session on Thursday. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green on Friday at 12:40 PM Central Time. The race will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com.

FOX Sports 1 will televise the event on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 PM ET.

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Panama’s Sportfishing Eco-Tourism Trade Could Be Hurt

Regrettably, the recent La Presna article dated August 16, 2015 that quotes Ivan Flores, Manager of the Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Authority (ARAP), did not focus on the sustainable use of and positive economic returns to Panama generated from its sportfishing eco-tourism trade, which is predominantly a catch and release fishery for highly migratory fish (marlin, sailfish, tunas).  Instead, the article attempted to justify restraints on the nation’s lucrative sportfishing eco-tourism trade, based on the stated need “to minimize harm it [sportfishing] causes to the marine biology,” without defining or elaborating on what that means – fish, water quality, habitat, flora, etc.

There are several issues not accurately or fairly stated. For one, the release mortality estimates in the cited studies cannot be extrapolated to the recreational fishery as a whole but instead reflect conditions unique to specific situations. When combined with other studies, these results documented the benefits from the use of circle hooks with less than a 5 degree offset. These hooks are widely used in catch and release recreational billfish fisheries to maximize survival, and are now required by anglers fishing in Costa Rica and in the U.S. when using natural baits in tournaments.   It is perhaps noteworthy that the authors of the article did not inform the readers that one study (Jensen et al. 2010) found that temporary closures of Mexico’s EEZ to long-lining from 1977–1980 and 1984–1985 had a rapid effect on local abundance of striped marlin.  The article did not include closing some waters to pelagic longline gear as an option to improve the state of fisheries in Panama.

Panama would lose significant jobs and tax revenues through ill-advised restrictions on sportfishing. A socio-economic survey commissioned by the Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT) and coordinated by The Billfish Foundation documented the positive contribution of the sportfishing eco-tourism trade to Panama. The La Presna article cited this study, reporting that tourist anglers traveling to Panama to sportfish, on average, have incomes of $75,000, as if this were a negative.  They bring $97 million new dollars to the Panamanian economy each year. ARAP would apparently prefer these dollars to be spent in nations other than Panama.  The real issue is per capita value of a recreationally caught and released fish versus the same for one killed and marketed, and the comparison overwhelmingly favors the recreational fishery.

Panama does need to establish a responsible data collection system for each of its highly migratory fisheries, including the sportfishing trade.  The resulting data should be submitted annually to the Intra-American Tuna Commission (IATTC), the international regional management organization for the Eastern Tropical Pacific, and to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Atlantic species.  ICCAT has cited Panama more than once for failure of some of its commercial vessels to fish consistent with the international organizations conservation requirements. The sportfishing community around the world strongly favors effective monitoring of harvest, science-based fishing regulations and effective enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations.  Well-managed – not artificially restricted – sport fisheries can generate revenues via licenses to provide for scientific management and law enforcement activities.

Lastly, the reference made in the article that a large drop from 72 tons of marlin landed by U.S. anglers in years past was down to 212 fish implied the drop was due to sportfishing-induced high mortality rates.  Not so.  The drop was a voluntary step offered by a U.S. delegation before ICCAT to limit their landings to no more than 250 marlin, white and blue combined, each year. The purpose was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to billfish conservation, responsible angling and hopefully, to inspire other nations to take some measures to reduce their marlin mortality.   This international measure is in addition to the U.S prohibition of the landing, sale, trade or barter of any Atlantic marlin, spearfish or sailfish caught by U.S. commercial fishing vessels.  The U.S. government recognized years ago that these billfish species are far more valuable to a nation for sportfishing than as dead fish killed for sale.

Hopefully, Panama will take pride in its sportfishing eco-tourism trade and all related businesses and provide responsible government support.  Fishery management no longer is solely about tons of dead fish.  Both commercial and sportfishing fisheries need responsible management for the good of a nation and its dependent businesses.  Sometimes, the management objectives will favor the commercial fishing trade while other resources will be better allocated to the sportfishing eco-tourism trade.  Both industries should be managed fairly and responsibly. To that end, it is critical that equitable representation from the sportfishing eco-tourism trade, the commercial fishing industry and the scientific community be included on each of the Working Groups established by ARAP’s Board of Directors for the purpose of updating the nation’s fishery law. Sportfishing anglers are not preservationists but are responsible users of the fish resources, desiring healthy and sustainable fish populations, and need to be involved in the management process.

Members of the sportfishing eco-tourism trade in Panama should immediately and collectively make their position clear to numerous governmental departments at the highest possible level; otherwise, ill-conceived and counter-productive restraints may soon follow through the amendment of the Fisheries Act.

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Panama’s Sportfishing Eco-Tourism Trade Could Be Hurt

Regrettably, the recent La Presna article dated August 16, 2015 that quotes Ivan Flores, Manager of the Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Authority (ARAP), did not focus on the sustainable use of and positive economic returns to Panama generated from its sportfishing eco-tourism trade, which is predominantly a catch and release fishery for highly migratory fish (marlin, sailfish, tunas).  Instead, the article attempted to justify restraints on the nation’s lucrative sportfishing eco-tourism trade, based on the stated need “to minimize harm it [sportfishing] causes to the marine biology,” without defining or elaborating on what that means – fish, water quality, habitat, flora, etc.

There are several issues not accurately or fairly stated. For one, the release mortality estimates in the cited studies cannot be extrapolated to the recreational fishery as a whole but instead reflect conditions unique to specific situations. When combined with other studies, these results documented the benefits from the use of circle hooks with less than a 5 degree offset. These hooks are widely used in catch and release recreational billfish fisheries to maximize survival, and are now required by anglers fishing in Costa Rica and in the U.S. when using natural baits in tournaments.   It is perhaps noteworthy that the authors of the article did not inform the readers that one study (Jensen et al. 2010) found that temporary closures of Mexico’s EEZ to long-lining from 1977–1980 and 1984–1985 had a rapid effect on local abundance of striped marlin.  The article did not include closing some waters to pelagic longline gear as an option to improve the state of fisheries in Panama.

Panama would lose significant jobs and tax revenues through ill-advised restrictions on sportfishing. A socio-economic survey commissioned by the Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT) and coordinated by The Billfish Foundation documented the positive contribution of the sportfishing eco-tourism trade to Panama. The La Presna article cited this study, reporting that tourist anglers traveling to Panama to sportfish, on average, have incomes of $75,000, as if this were a negative.  They bring $97 million new dollars to the Panamanian economy each year. ARAP would apparently prefer these dollars to be spent in nations other than Panama.  The real issue is per capita value of a recreationally caught and released fish versus the same for one killed and marketed, and the comparison overwhelmingly favors the recreational fishery.

Panama does need to establish a responsible data collection system for each of its highly migratory fisheries, including the sportfishing trade.  The resulting data should be submitted annually to the Intra-American Tuna Commission (IATTC), the international regional management organization for the Eastern Tropical Pacific, and to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Atlantic species.  ICCAT has cited Panama more than once for failure of some of its commercial vessels to fish consistent with the international organizations conservation requirements. The sportfishing community around the world strongly favors effective monitoring of harvest, science-based fishing regulations and effective enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations.  Well-managed – not artificially restricted – sport fisheries can generate revenues via licenses to provide for scientific management and law enforcement activities.

Lastly, the reference made in the article that a large drop from 72 tons of marlin landed by U.S. anglers in years past was down to 212 fish implied the drop was due to sportfishing-induced high mortality rates.  Not so.  The drop was a voluntary step offered by a U.S. delegation before ICCAT to limit their landings to no more than 250 marlin, white and blue combined, each year. The purpose was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to billfish conservation, responsible angling and hopefully, to inspire other nations to take some measures to reduce their marlin mortality.   This international measure is in addition to the U.S prohibition of the landing, sale, trade or barter of any Atlantic marlin, spearfish or sailfish caught by U.S. commercial fishing vessels.  The U.S. government recognized years ago that these billfish species are far more valuable to a nation for sportfishing than as dead fish killed for sale.

Hopefully, Panama will take pride in its sportfishing eco-tourism trade and all related businesses and provide responsible government support.  Fishery management no longer is solely about tons of dead fish.  Both commercial and sportfishing fisheries need responsible management for the good of a nation and its dependent businesses.  Sometimes, the management objectives will favor the commercial fishing trade while other resources will be better allocated to the sportfishing eco-tourism trade.  Both industries should be managed fairly and responsibly. To that end, it is critical that equitable representation from the sportfishing eco-tourism trade, the commercial fishing industry and the scientific community be included on each of the Working Groups established by ARAP’s Board of Directors for the purpose of updating the nation’s fishery law. Sportfishing anglers are not preservationists but are responsible users of the fish resources, desiring healthy and sustainable fish populations, and need to be involved in the management process.

Members of the sportfishing eco-tourism trade in Panama should immediately and collectively make their position clear to numerous governmental departments at the highest possible level; otherwise, ill-conceived and counter-productive restraints may soon follow through the amendment of the Fisheries Act.

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Tune in for VIR race broadcasting on FOX Sports 1

 

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race from VIRginia International Raceway airs on FOX Sports 1 this Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11 am ET. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!

http://www.foxsports.com/watch/foxsports1

 

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Billfish Genetic Sampling with VIMS

Photo Courtesy of Brant Wise

Given their popularity with sportfish anglers worldwide, you would think much more would be known about the biology of billfish (marlin, sailfish, and spearfish), however that is not the case. For example, the number of populations of most species in a particular ocean is unknown, and there is not a clear idea of the amount of mixing between populations. This not only makes management difficult but is a major roadblock to understanding how billfish populations interact with one another and with geographically different groups of anglers. Angler and scientist efforts, such as tagging of billfish species, have revealed a great deal of information on billfish movements and growth rates, but there are additional ways in which anglers can help improve our understanding of billfish populations.

Nayda examining tissue samples

The Billfish Foundation continually looks to collaborate with research institutions to learn more about billfish. TBF is currently working with PhD candidate, Nadya Mamoozadeh, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA), whose research is based on understanding the population structure of billfish. Her focus is on two species, white marlin (Kajikia albida) in the Atlantic Ocean, and striped marlin (K. audax) in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Nadya’s research calls for tissue samples of white marlin and striped marlin from throughout their distributional ranges, with special emphasis on samples from spawning grounds. Inferences from the genetic results compared with those from tagging data help get a comprehensive picture of population structure and can improve conservation measures and management of these species. Collectively this information is also important for understanding which billfish populations are accessed by a particular fishery in a given space and time and can help prevent unintentional overfishing of one population compared to another.

Sampling kit

This is where TBF’s global network of hundreds of thousands of anglers, captains, and mates comes in to the picture. The sampling process is easy: cut a small piece of the fin from a hooked fish, then the fin clip is put in a tube of preservative and held until the end of the season, at which point the sample tubes are shipped back to Nadya, free of charge. Collecting a sample for genetic analysis can easily be done alongside tagging. If participating in this research project is of interest to you, let Nayda (nrmamoozadeh@vims.edu) or Peter Chaibongsai (peter_chaibongsai@billfish.org) know and we will be glad to get a sampling kit your way.

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Billfish Genetic Sampling with VIMS

Photo Courtesy of Brant Wise

Despite the popularity with anglers worldwide and the research investments made by The Billfish Foundation since 1986, still a lot of biological information is not known about marlin, sailfish, and spearfish, making their management and conservation challenging. Billfish tagged by anglers and scientists has revealed a lot about the fishes’ movements and growth rates, but documenting the number of populations of each billfish species that exists in each ocean is unknown. A population is “… a group of fish of the same species that are alive in a defined area at a given time” (Wooten 1990).  Nor does data exist to quantify the mixing between populations – i.e. eastern and western Atlantic bluefin tuna.

TBF welcomes opportunities to collaborate with research institutions to help further close science gaps.  Currently TBF staff members are working with (PhD candidate, Nadya Mamoozadeh, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) (Gloucester Point, VA), the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary.  Nadya’s research focuses on the population structure of white marlin (Kajikia albida) in the Atlantic Ocean and striped marlin (K.audax) in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.  Tissue samples from each of these species are being collected from throughout their distributional ranges, with special emphasis on samples taken from spawning grounds. Inferences gained from the samples’ genetic results, when compared with tagging data, will provide a more comprehensive picture of each species’ population structure. The data is also important for helping to understand which of these species populations are accessed by a particular fishery in a given space and time.  This can be helpful in preventing unintentional overfishing of one population compared to another.

TBF’s global network of anglers, captains and mates can help in collecting these needed tissue samples after receiving a sample kit from either Nadya at nrmamoozadeh@vims.edu or Peter Chaibongsai at perter_chaibongsai@billfish.org.   When a hooked fish is brought alongside the boat, a small piece the fish’s fin should be clipped and placed in the sampling kits tube that contains a preservative.  Tagging the same fish would also be helpful for if recaptured additional data can be shared with the researcher. The sample kits with tissue should be held until the end of the season, when they are to be shipped to Nadya, free of charge. Shipping instructions will be included with the kits.

Nayda examining tissue samples

Sampling kit

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Tag & Release Competition Update 8/25/15

Photo Courtesy of Big OH & Camila Sanches

Tag & Release cards are really starting to come in and TBF’s annual Tag and Release Competition is heating up with less than 3 months to go! The “Top Five” in most of the competition categories are highlighted below. This list constitutes the tag and release records processed by TBF as of August 25, 2015.

Do you know anyone on the list? Are you in the top five and want to be recognized by the who’s who in the billfishing community at our ceremony? Be sure to tag, release, and report your billfish catches before the end of the competition on October 31, 2015. Remember you can submit your records online now at www.tagbillfish.org or you can submit them through the mail. The last date that TBF can receive tag and release cards for this competition year is November 15, 2015.

Award winners will be recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, and SIMRAD.

As of 8/25/15

Overall Release Captain

  1. 1. Ronnie Fields
  2. 2. Ben Horning
  3. 3. Pete Rae
  4. 4. Dean Panos
  5. 5. Brad Philipps

 

Overall Tagging Captain

  1. 1. Ben Horning
  2. 2. Thomas Colquhoun
  3. 3. Eddy Lawler
  4. 4. Rom Whitaker
  5. 5. Ronnie Fields

 

Overall Release Angler

  1. 1. Gray Ingram
  2. 2. Pat McCotter
  3. 3. John Duvall
  4. 4. Amanda Cofer
  5. 5. Tiffany Day

 

Overall Tagging Angler

  1. 1. Chris Jessen
  2. 2. Laura Jessen
  3. 3. Gray Ingram
  4. 4. Darryl Schroeder
  5. 5. John Duvall

 

Overall Release Lady Angler

  1. 1. Amanda Cofer
  2. 2. Tiffany Day
  3. 3. Laura Jessen
  4. 4. Cece Imbrie
  5. 5. Melissa Haight

 

Overall Tagging Lady Angler

  1. 1. Laura Jessen
  2. 2. Jo-Ann Riley
  3. 3. Lori Schroeder
  4. 4. Dawn Samuels
  5. 5. Martha MacNab

 

Overall Release Youth Angler

  1. 1. Brown Gaddy
  2. 2. Jonathan Gaskill
  3. 3. Charles Gaddy
  4. 4. Will Stark
  5. 5. Riley Smith

 

Overall Tagging Youth Angler

  1. 1. Charles Gaddy
  2. 2. Shawn MacMullin
  3. 3. Riley Smith
  4. 4. Kaleb Richardson
  5. 5. Jack Shanklin

 

 

Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Gray Ingram
  2. 2. Kaleb Richardson
  3. 3. Bo Ingram
  4. 4. Gary Pirko
  5. 5. Gary Ellis

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Charles Gaddy
  2. 2. Glenn Creamer
  3. 3. Dawn Samuels
  4. 4. Shawn MacMullin
  5. 5. Nuno Abohbot

 

Swordfish

  1. 1. Richard Gudoian

 

White Marlin

  1. 1. Nick Rauco
  2. 2. Bill Heiligbrodt
  3. 3. Peter Cherasia
  4. 4. Corinne Heiligbrodt
  5. 5. Will Stark

 

 

Top Release Angler- Atlantic

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Gray Ingram
  2. 2. Gary Pirko
  3. 3. Kaleb Richardson
  4. 4. Joe Capaletti
  5. 5. Bo Ingram

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Brown Gaddy
  2. 2. Nathan Walker
  3. 3. Cody Gavalier
  4. 4. Chris Wrenn
  5. 5. Junior Baas

 

White Marlin

  1. 1. Corinne Heiligbrodt
  2. 2. Bill Heiligbrodt
  3. 3. Will Stark
  4. 4. Matthew Sullivan
  5. 5. Layton Russell

 

 

Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Ronnie Fields
  2. 2. Max Morris
  3. 3. Tim Richardson
  4. 4. Jason Pipe
  5. 5. Eddy Lawler

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Fin Gaddy
  2. 2. Rom Whitaker
  3. 3. Doug Covin
  4. 4. Bouncer Smith
  5. 5. Jon Brooks

 

White Marlin

  1. 1. Rich Barrett
  2. 2. Jimmy Grant
  3. 3. Tim Richardson
  4. 4. Eric Mansur, Sr.
  5. 5. Antonio Amaral

 

 

Top Release Captain- Atlantic

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Ronnie Fields
  2. 2. Dennis Endee
  3. 3. Dean Panos
  4. 4. Max Morris
  5. 5. Eric Mansur, Sr.

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Dean Panos
  2. 2. Fin Gaddy
  3. 3. Rom Whitaker
  4. 4. Doug Covin
  5. 5. Jeff Scott

 

White Marlin

  1. 1. Dennis Endee
  2. 2. Jimmy Grant
  3. 3. Tim Richardson
  4. 4. Brian Sullivan
  5. 5. Eric Mansur, Sr.

 

 

Top Tagging Angler- Pacific

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Chris Jessen
  2. 2. Laura Jessen
  3. 3. Rob Wilson
  4. 4. John Duvall

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Chris Jessen
  2. 2. Laura Jessen
  3. 3. Darryl Schoeder
  4. 4. Lori Schroeder
  5. 5. Scott Kozak

 

Striped Marlin

  1. 1. John Duvall
  2. 2. Robert Hendricks
  3. 3. Martha MacNab
  4. 4. Nick Brackmann
  5. 5. Judy Sillis

 

 

Top Release Angler- Pacific

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Mark Davis

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Pat McCotter
  2. 2. Jonathan Gaskill
  3. 3. Chris Jessen
  4. 4. Amanda Cofer
  5. 5. Rob Wilson

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Gray Ingram
  2. 2. John Duvall
  3. 3. Amanda Cofer
  4. 4. Tiffany Day
  5. 5. Chris Jessen

 

Striped Marlin

  1. 1. John Duvall
  2. 2. Pat McCotter

 

 

Top Tagging Captain- Pacific

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Tim Richardson

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Ben Horning
  2. 2. Skeet Warren
  3. 3. Eddy Lawler
  4. 4. Sean Swetman
  5. 5. Chris Van Leeuwen

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Ben Horning
  2. 2. Thomas Colquhoun
  3. 3. Chris Sheeder
  4. 4. Cliff Mountain
  5. 5. David Salazar

 

Striped Marlin

  1. 1. Jaime Gonzalez
  2. 2. Eddy Cesena
  3. 3. Bernie Sillis
  4. 4. Tony Araiza
  5. 5. Bernabe Ruiz

 

 

Top Release Captain- Pacific

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Tim Dean

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Pete Rae
  2. 2. Ben Horning
  3. 3. Skeet Warren
  4. 4. Victor Julio Lopez Pizarro
  5. 5. Ronnie Fields

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Ronnie Fields
  2. 2. Ben Horning
  3. 3. Brad Philipps
  4. 4. Mike Day
  5. 5. Victor Julio Lopez Pizarro

 

Striped Marlin

  1. 1. Eddy Cesena
  2. 2. Pete Rae
  3. 3. Alex Collins

 

 

Top Tagging Angler – Indian

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Scott MacGowan
  2. 2. Jo-Ann Riley
  3. 3. Riley Smith

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Marcus Longhurst

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Henry Riggs-Miller
  2. 2. Barry Sulllivan
  3. 3. Kane Dysart
  4. 4. Jo-Ann Riley
  5. 5. Riley Smith

 

 

Top Tagging Captain- Indian

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Eddy Lawler
  2. 2. Jo-Ann Riley
  3. 3. Bernard Vale
  4. 4. Ross Newton
  5. 5. Scott MacGowan

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Eddy Lawler
  2. 2. Ross Newton
  3. 3. Scott MacGowan
  4. 4. Bernard Vale

 

Sailfish

  1. 1. Rolly Pierre
  2. 2. Jourdain (Jeda) Ellens
  3. 3. Terence Farrell
  4. 4. Eddy Lawler
  5. 5. Perry Rosalie

 

Striped Marlin

  1. 1. Eddy Lawler

 

 

Top Release Captain- Indian 

Black Marlin

  1. 1. Ross Newton

 

 

Female Division (Tag)

1. Laura Jessen
2. Jo-Ann Riley
3. Lori Schroeder
4. Dawn Samuels
5. Martha Macnab

 

 

Female Division (Release)

1. Amanda Cofer
2. Tiffany Day
3. Laura Jessen
4. Cece Imbrie
5. Melissa Haight

 

 

Youth Division (Tag)

8 and under

  1. Charles Gaddy
  2. Earney White

 

9 – 12

  1. Hefner Appling

 

13 – 15

  1. Shawn MacMullin
  2. Riley Smith
  3. Kaleb Richardson
  4. Jack Shanklin
  5. Bo Ingram

 

16 – 17

  1. Nick Brackmann

 

 

Youth Division (Release)

8 and under

  1. Brown Gaddy
  2. Charles Gaddy

 

13 – 15

  1. Jonathan Gaskill
  2. Will Stark
  3. Riley Smith
  4. Kaleb Richardson
  5. Bo Ingram

 

 

GULF OF MEXICO MARLIN TAGGING COMPETITION
as of 8/26/15

Please note these standings are for eligible tag and release records for overall angler and captain categories. Standings for junior and lady categories will be calculated at the end of the competition period. Click here for more information.

 

Top Overall Tagging Angler

  1. 1. Kaleb Richardson, Dana Foster (tie)
  2. 2. Ben McMurray, Randy Parker (tie)
  3. 3. Craig Jones, Reggie Ledet (tie)

 

 

Top Tagging Angler

White Marlin

  1. 1. Reggie Ledet
  2. 2. Dana Foster, Many Yeager, Tony Hunt (tie)

 

Blue Marlin

  1. 2. Kaleb Richardson
  2. 2. Dana Foster
  3. 3. Randy Parker, Ben McMurray (tie)
  4. 4. Craig Jones

 

Top Overall Tagging Captain

  1. 1. Max Morris
  2. 2. Jimmy Crochet, Myles Colley (tie)
  3. 3. Adam Ladnier, Shane O’Brien (tie)
  4. 4. Al Roper
  5. 5. Brian Lord

 

Top Tagging Captain

White Marlin

  1. 1. Adam Ladnier, Randy Pipes (tie)
  2. 2. Matt Abram
  3. 3. Myles Colley
  4. 4. Al Roper, Brian Hunt, Billy Appel, Jimmy Crochet, Don Thrasher, James Guerineau, Jermie Ball, Richard Yeager (tie)

 

Top Tagging Captain

Blue Marlin

  1. 1. Max Morris
  2. 2. Jimmy Crochet, Shane Obrien (tie)
  3. 3. Myles Colley
  4. 4. Brian Lord, Al Roper (tie)
  5. 5. Boyd Mothe, Adam Ladnier (tie)

 

Top Tagging Boat

  1. 1. Whoo Dat
  2. 2. Born2Run, Conundrum(tie)
  3. 3. Southern Miss, Wild Hooker (tie)
  4. 4. Michi
  5. 5. Pipe Dream

 

 

SOFLO SAILFISH CIRCUIT
as of 8/26/15

Please note these standings are for eligible tag and release records for both overall and professional angler and captain categories. Standings for professional, junior, and lady categories will be calculated at the end of the competition period. Click here for more information.

 

Top Tagging Angler

  1. 1. Dawn Samuels
    2. Shawn MacMullin
    3. Jeff Kramer, Mark Woodlinger (tie)
    4. Randall Scarlett

 

Top Tagging Captain

  1. 1. Doug Covin
  2. 2. Bouncer Smith
  3. 3. Michael MacMullin
  4. 4. James Knox
  5. 5. Anthony Digiulian

 

Top Release Angler

  1. 1. Chris Wren
  2. 2. Eric Hull
  3. 3. Cece Imbrie, Parker Williams (tie)
  4. 4. Michael Kornahrens, Rick Murphy (tie)

 

Top Release Captain

  1. 1. Dean Panos
  2. 2. Doug Covin
  3. 3. Jeff Scott
  4. 4. Shawn Adams
  5. 5. Jim Mulcahy

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Rum Bum Racing Wins at Virginia International Raceway

Alton Va. (22 August 2015) – It was another big victory at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday as Rum Bum Racing delivered the team’s third win of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season and 18th overall win since the team’s 2010 debut.

The result sees Rum Bum Racing improve in its championship fight with the team sitting just 10 points out of the championship lead with two races remaining on the 2015 calendar.

The victory didn’t come easily for brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb who drove without power steering after an issue emerged toward the end of Hugh’s first stint under the brutal warm Virginia weather conditions, but the duo persevered. Under the direction of Crew Chief Joe Varde, who called a perfect strategy that saw the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche leapfrog from fifth to the race lead when all of the other GS contenders ran short on fuel, the team came out on top.

“I think the stars aligned for us today and thankfully so, my mother was in attendance for her birthday and it was my wife and my 17th anniversary!” said Matt Plumb from Victory Lane. “Once the power steering issue occurred, I think the strategy changed to one of conservation. There is no one in the business better than Joe Varde and the Rum Bum gang to rethink a plan once a curveball is thrown. True to form, they played it right, and all I had to do was hang on to the car!”

Hugh Plumb opened from fourth on the grid and Varde called for an early pit stop under caution with about 30 minutes completed and the team pitted the car for fuel and tires.

He returned to the track and ran as high as second before pitting for a full service stop under the race’s third full course caution with about an hour and 12 minutes yet to run.

Matt Plumb immediately went into fuel saving mode as Varde called for a strategy that would see the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche save fuel and not make a late-race splash for fuel. That strategy call worked out perfectly as the race came to a close.

A full course caution was displayed shortly after the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche took the point and the race finished under caution. The Rum Bum machine led the two laps that mattered most and Matt Plumb took the checkered flag first in line.

“It was a bit grueling because the amount of force needed to work the wheel was a bit overwhelming for a while,” said Hugh Plumb. “It is just unbelievable and honestly these are the kinds of victories that make this team great. Winning when things are going right is one thing, but winning when everything goes wrong, that’s what separates the Rum Bum guys from the rest. Luis Bacardi knew what he was doing when he assembled this bunch!”

Rum Bum Racing now heads to Circuit of the Americas on September 16-18 for the penultimate round of the championship just 10 points out of the championship lead.

Notes:
– Second consecutive and third win of the season for Rum Bum Racing
– Rum Bum Racing improves in the championship hunt, now just 10 points out of the lead
– Plumb brothers three-for-three at VIR, every race at VIR they’ve run together the brothers have won
– Matt Plumb builds on his record as the winningest driver with 22 victories in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
– Today is Matt Plumb’s 17th wedding anniversary and the Plumbs’ mother’s birthday
– With the win, Rum Bum Racing has stood on the podium in half of the races they’ve entered (62 starts, 31 podiums)
– The win is Rum Bum Racing’s 18th overall win in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

Catch the VIR race on Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 AM ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Rum Bum Racing Fourth on VIR Grid

Alton, Va. (21 August 2015) – Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing will start from the second row of the grid at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday which marks Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship. Hugh Plumb took the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche to a fast lap of 1:58.582-seconds around the 3.27-mile Virginia road course to a fourth place starting position.

The qualifying effort marks Rum Bum Racing’s seventh start this year among the first two rows of the grid.

Hugh Plumb will open the 2.5-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race before turning the No. 13 Porsche over to his brother and co-driver Matt Plumb who will take the car to the finish. The previous two times the Plumb brothers have teamed together at VIR, the pair has driven to victory lane.

Fresh off of winning at Road America two weeks ago and gaining ground in the championship hunt, the Rum Bum squad is looking for a repeat performance at VIR on Saturday.

“Thanks to the Rum Bum guys here they did a great job preparing the car and we have a good car for long distance,” said Hugh Plumb. “For one lap we’re not the quickest car in the field, and I’m okay with that. I know we’ll bring it to them tomorrow both on the race track and in pit lane. We’ll do what Rum Bum does best, which is go to the front and stay there.”

The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET and will be streamed LIVE on imsa.com and on the IMSA app. Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for updates throughout the race!

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Rum Bum Racing Carries Winning Momentum to VIR

Orlando, Fla. (17 August 2015) – As the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge enters the final three races of the 2015 Championship, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing is targeting a third IMSA title. The Orlando-based squad currently sits second in the championship standings – 15 points back – and travels to Round 8 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend carrying winning momentum.

Two weeks ago, Rum Bum Racing scored a dramatic and record-setting win at Road America when drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb combined to lead 37 laps in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche en route to the victory.

The result was Rum Bum Racing’s second victory and fourth podium result of the year. The victory not only bolstered the championship situation, but it also marked a new record as Matt Plumb became the winningest driver in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history with 21 wins.

With Hugh Plumb qualifying and starting the car this year and Matt Plumb anchoring the No. 13 Porsche to the checkered flag, the Rum Bum Racing team has been a championship contender all year long.The Plumb brother pairing has proven to be a successful combination at VIR in the past. The brothers have teamed together at VIR twice before, and won both times (2006 ST – Acura RSX-S, 2008 GS – Mustang GT).

Rum Bum Racing scored a podium on the 3.27-mile road course nestled in the scenic Virginia countryside in 2010 with Matt Plumb and Gian Bacardi scoring third place.

Another strong result at VIR would launch the Rum Bum Racing team into stronger championship position with just two more races remaining on the 2015 calendar.

“Winning at the home race for Jennifer Bacardi at Road America, that was huge for the team and hopefully it is the start for us make a big push in these last three races,” said Matt Plumb. “Road America showed how everything—pit stops and strategy and making the most out of the Continental Tires—has to go just right to be there at the end to fight for a win. Hugh and I have had some good runs at VIR, and we’d love to have one again this weekend!”

A promoter test day is scheduled for Thursday and will be followed by official practice and qualifying on Friday. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET on Saturday and will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com and on the IMSA app.

Follow live timing and scoring throughout the weekend at scoring.imsa.com and follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for live updates.

The VIR event will be televised on Sunday, September 6 at 9:00 AM ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Tune in for Road America race broadcasting on FOX Sports 1

The IMSA Continental Tire Challenge race from Road America will broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on Monday August 17th. 2015, at 8 PM ET.  You don’t want to miss it!

http://www.foxsports.com/watch/foxsports1

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Rum Bum Racing Delivers Another Big Win at Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wis. (8 August 2015) – It was another huge result for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing at Road America on Saturday as the team delivered its 17th overall IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory. The result marked Rum Bum Racing’s third win in four years at Road America and saw the squad close the gap to the championship leader with just a provisional 15-point separation between first and second in the standings.

Wisconsin is the home state of Jennifer Bacardi, so with both Luis and Jennifer Bacardi on hand as well as a big crowd of Rum Bum supporters, the celebration was extra special for the entire organization.

Matt Plumb, who partnered with his brother Hugh Plumb in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche for the run to victory, became the winningest driver in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history with a total of 21 wins.

“The whole Bacardi family is here to see us and be a part of this which is huge,” said Hugh Plumb from Victory Lane. “I couldn’t be happier for Matt (Plumb), who is the guy to have in the car at the end, and to celebrate with all of these people. Matt did an absolutely incredible job there. I just can’t say enough about everybody on the Rum Bum crew. It’s unbelievable, they deserve this.”

Hugh Plumb opened the race from the front row after Friday’s qualifying session was rained out and the grid was set by championship point order. Starting second, Hugh Plumb wasted no time in moving forward as he took the lead into Turn 1 and didn’t look back.

He had extended his leading margin to a 10-second advantage when a full course caution was displayed about 30 minutes into the race. The Rum Bum team took the opportunity to pit for four tires and fuel and Hugh Plumb remained in the car. When the race went back to green, Hugh Plumb restarted 10th in line but was back up to third in the order in a matter of laps. He regained the lead an hour into the race and remained there until slipping to second with just over an hour to go.

With 55 minutes remaining in the race, Crew Chief Joe Varde called the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche to pit lane under green flag conditions for the team’s second and final stop. A perfectly executed full service stop ensued with Matt Plumb taking control of the car and returning to the field eighth.

Matt Plumb moved to the front of the pack with just 43 minutes to go, and held off the vigorous charge from a Nissan with fresher Continental Tires to score a dramatic victory on the team’s adopted home track.

“The Nissan had fast pace, even at the beginning of the race you could see it clicking off fast laps when it was free of traffic,” said Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb. “I knew that once they got clean of traffic and were in sight they had a really good chance of out pacing us. As I looked in my mirrors and saw Trent Hindman battling to keep the Nissan behind him I just kept saying to myself ‘keep ahead because as soon as Zacharias breaks free he’s going to run me down’. For the last five years I’ve been really truly honored to be a part of this Rum Bum team. I couldn’t be happier to be in the position I’m in at the moment and I’m certainly enjoying it.”

Rum Bum Racing will look to carry its winning momentum into the next round of IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition at VIRginia International Raceway on August 21-22.

FOX Sports 1 will televise the Road America event on Monday, August 17 at 8:00 PM ET.

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The Billfish Foundation’s Grander Release Club

TBF’s “conservation and responsible use” philosophy applauds anglers big enough to release the big marlin girls that are estimated at boat side to weigh 750 pounds and up. To honor the anglers, captains and mates who release these very large, female marlin, TBF created the Grander Release Club.   If a safe tagging opportunity is available when a decision is made to release the big marlin, tagging would be appreciated for it can generate needed recapture data

Reports of the grander releases should be submitted with a photo to tag@billfish.org.  In recognition of releasing the marlin, a newly designed TBF certificate will be sent to each team member, with their names entered into the Grander Release Club section on TBF’s website.  

Only with smart release investments will granders grow and be available for generations to come. 

Photo courtesy of Capt. Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportsfishing

 

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TBF’s 2014 International Billfish Conservation Record Now Available Online

Learn about all the tag and release data The Billfish Foundation received in the calendar year of 2013. The report highlights all those anglers and captains who participated in the Tag & Release program in 2013 and reveals the top locations for billfish as well as breakdowns for tags, releases, and recapture maps for each billfish species. Download the complete record here or purchase an original online today!

 

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