With 20 minutes remaining in Day Two of the World Sailfish Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, Team Sandman released its 14th and final fish of the day. That release gave the 63-foot Spencer a total of 34 sailfish for the tournament and what seemed like a comfortable lead heading into Saturday’s final day.
But then the calls started coming over the radio.
Team Advanced Roofing reported a release at 3:17 p.m. That was followed by another release at 3:20 and yet another at 3:22 as they finished off a doubleheader and then a single that took up most of the last half hour of the day.
The end result was, rather than have a lot of ground to make up, the two teams will begin fishing Saturday morning with 34 releases each.
Though not exactly what Sandman was hoping for as it tries to repeat its World Sailfish Championship title from a year ago, it sets up a very intriguing final day of the world’s richest sailfish tournament.
“We had no idea what they had going,” said Sandman Capt. Scott Leon regarding Advanced Roofing’s sprint to the finish. “We didn’t realize all that.”