Done Deal repeats at Lone Star Shootout
July 28, 2014 at 2:28 a.m.
There were no record big fish this time around, just a repeat champion and a record $1,054,000 prize money.
Done Deal was a repeat winner in the Lone Star Shootout in Port O'Connor last week.
Capt. Jason Buck and owner Jon Gonsoulin, aboard the 70-foot Viking, took top honors in the 10th year of the tournament, racking up 1,500 points with two blue marlin releases.
Got'M On, a 61-foot Viking owned by Tom Partlow, also scored 1,500 points and also released two blue marlin. Louisiana-based Done Deal won via a tiebreaker - the time they caught the second fish to reach 1,500 points.
"It was a great event," said Randy Bright, the tournament director for the Houston Big Game Fishing Club. "The weather was great. We had calm seas. It's the biggest, by far, we've had."
There were no blue marlin weighed.
Prize money is awarded based on each team's participation in optional side pots, said Bright.
Five percent of the total amount of side pots are donated to the club's charitable and scholarship funds.
The tournament is a release format in which the overall winner is determined by the total number of billfish release points, plus any weighed blue marlin points.
A released blue marlin equals 750 points; one point per pound counts for any blue marlin weighed.
There are 200 points for released white marlin and 100 points for released sailfish.
Weighed tuna, wahoo and dolphin must meet the minimum weight of 25 pounds and be in fresh, edible condition.
Legacy, the team that caught a state-record, 972.7-pound blue marlin earlier this month, finished in a five-way tie for fourth place with 950 points. All boats had confirmed releases of one blue marlin and one white marlin.
There were 64 boats that competed.