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Team On Line Wins Bahamas Leg of 2nd Annual Bermuda Triangle Series

Some of the best sports fishermen in the world gathered May 26 to 28 at the Harbour Island Marina and Yacht Club in the Bahamas, to prove their prowess and kick off the 2005 Bermuda Triangle Series (BTS).

Out of four teams participating, it was Florida angler Richard Limegrover who released the lone blue marlin of the event to win the tournament. Limegrover, fishing with pal Greg Talbott aboard Talbott’s and partner Scott Adam’s 61-foot Garlington On Line released at 4:55 p.m. during the first day of fishing. The other participants – Team Rum Bum with angler/owner Luis Bacardi and Capt. Jim O’Neill, Team A-Fin-Ity led by Davis Clapp with Capt. John Tierney, and Team Surveillance with Capt. Todd Hendrickson – knew what they had to beat. But everyone, including Limegrover and his On Line team members, continued fishless in spite of the small fleet raising three blues and two whites over the next two days. Thus, Limegrover kept his champion position and pocketed the coveted BTS angler award: an Ed Pang-designed gold hook shaped pendant inset with a sapphire, a gem that represents the Bahamas leg of the BTS.

“The 2nd annual Harbour Island Open was a first-class event even though the fishing was slow,” said tournament director and founder, St. Thomas’ Jimmy Loveland. “Spirits were lively, the food such as fresh fish and conch were delicious, the weather was beautiful, waters calm, and the competition keen.”

Loveland adds, “Next year to hopefully out smart the fish, we plan to return to Harbour Island, but this time we will schedule the event as we do in St. Thomas – three days before the full moon. The fishing dates will be June 8, 9, and 10.”

Team Rum Bum, champion of the inaugural BTS, Team A-Fin-Ity and Team On Line head this month to Hamilton, Bermuda, where they will fish the second leg of the BTS July 7 to 9. Hoping to maintain their lead, Team On Line will charter the famous 40-foot Gamefisherman Challenger, helmed by the legendary Capt. Alan Card.

“To win the series, teams must compete in at least two of the events and one must be the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin or "Boy Scout" Tournament in St. Thomas, August 16 to 20,” Loveland says.

He adds, “We are now gaining momentum with the series. A total of six teams are planning to converge on Bermuda and then finally come to St. Thomas in August. We expect additional signups in Bermuda due to the many visiting boats that will be in the area. The fishing in Bermuda is expected to be good because the marlin have already started showing up there as the waters are now warming up.”

Looking ahead, teams signed up for the 2006 BTS include Team On Line, Team A-Fin-Ity, Team South Paw, Team Rum Bum, Team Topless and Team Somoya

The BTS Series benefits the V.I. Council of the Boy Scouts of America as well as similar organizations in the Bahamas and Bermuda.

Now that the BTS is up and running, Loveland is making plans for the next step of his dream. “We’re now at the point where I can start to work on the filming. Hopefully, we can put together a series that will bring the sport of big game fishing close-up and personal to millions of television viewers.”

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