Each year, Bertram faces off against sport-fish rival, Hatteras, in perhaps the most prestigious and storied Blue Marlin Tournament of the year, the ‘Bertram – Hatteras Shootout’. This year, Bertram regained its title as Grand Prize Winner despite being outnumbered in craft (26 Bertram craft versus 35 Hatteras’).
In recent years, despite not bringing home the trophy, Bertram has managed to out fish the competition pound for pound. This year however, marked the first ‘strictly release’ format for the Shootout, implemented to aid in Billfish conservation. The organizer for this year’s Shootout, Mr. Kaye Pearson of Show Management, recognized the need for a handicap system in order to increase the level of “fairness” in the tournament, due to the overabundance of Hatteras lines in the water, compared to Bertram. Yet during this year’s 5 day event at Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco in The Bahamas, the Bertram team of elite anglers never once needed to use the new handicap system and outscored the Hatteras team across the board, proving once again that true strength is about “quality, not quantity”.
The boat which took home the grand prize for achieving top points overall was a 60’ Bertram named ‘Wynsong’. The outstanding point total of Bertram was thanks largely in part to the great success of the “Bertram Fishing Team”, reeling in several Marlin on the smallest boat in the tournament, the Bertram 360-‘Moppie’. Moppie Team Captain, Ken Duell, showed the fleet that the 360 is a fish raising machine. Finally, fishing on the spectacular new Bertram 630 mezzanine version with ARG stabilizers, Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group - Bertram’s Florida Dealer - proudly sealed the victory on the final day with 2 spectacular marlin releases.
The legendary Miami-based sport-fishing manufacturer, Bertram Yacht, a Ferretti Group Company, currently builds models (36’ to 67’) and remains the benchmark for superior performance, durability, reliability. Bertram Yacht is part of the Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the engineering, manufacturing and selling of luxury motor yachts.
For more information:
Bertram Yacht Inc.
3663 NW 21st Street
MIAMI FL 33142
Tel: (305) 633 - 8011 www.bertram.com Picture Caption:
Don Jones and Joe Bubenzer holding up the trophy.