28th Orange Beach Billfish Classic | May 14-19, 2024
World's Largest Tournament Donor To The Billfish Foundation
2023 Tournament Champions Mollie
Mollie Sets New OBBC Record
776.4 Blue Marlin Earns Captain Jeff Shoults and Crew $180,300
Briar Patch Takes Home $153,075 as Top C & R Team
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kate Dorland
In 2016 and 2019, Mollie
, the 63' G & S from Destin, won the Orange Beach Billfish Classic's Catch and
Release Division. This year, Captain Jeff Shoults not only weighed in the heaviest Blue Marlin in his illustrious
thirty-five-year fishing career, but he also set the new OBBC record with a 776.4 Blue Marlin to win this year's
tournament at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
"It's the fish of a lifetime," said Shoults of his 125" fish. "We fought that fish for four and a half hours, and I am
so proud of the entire crew, from Brian Stover, the angler, to my mates Casey Wherhahn, Jacob Castle, and
Colton Guthrie...a special fish for sure." Mollie
was also the tournament's top-earning boat, winning $180,300
for their first-place Blue Marlin.
Rounding out the Blue Marlin leaderboard was Miss Mary
, a 68' Viking from New Orleans with a 548.6
second-place fish caught by Joey DiFatta. Travis Dorland's 528.4 Blue Marlin caught on Reel Fire
, a 76' Viking
from Pensacola Beach finished in 3rd place.
, a 68 Viking from Destin, was the only team in the forty-two boat fleet to release three Blue Marlin.
Captain Corey Hurst and crew won the Catch and Release Division along with a payout of $153,075.
, a 95' Jim Smith from New Orleans, finished in second place, followed by the 64' Hatteras
from Orange Beach in third place in Catch and Release.
, a 54' Bertram from Orange Beach, won the Tuna Division with their 148-pound Yellowfin. Miss
, a 70' Viking from Orange Beach, was second at 143.2, and the 60' Hatteras Lifeline
from Panama City
was third at 127.6.
Two Dolphin were weighed in, and Miss Mary
had the biggest at 25.2 pounds, followed by Perseverance
54' Hatteras from Biloxi at 20.2 pounds. Cotton Patch
, the 60' Hatteras from Orange Beach, weighed the
tournament's only Wahoo at 24.4 pounds.
The Orange Beach Billfish Classic is the world's largest tournament donor to The Billfish Donation and will
return to The Wharf in Orange Beach on May 16, 2024, for the 28th year of the competition
Official 2023 Orange Beach Billfish Classic Results
1st - 776.4 lbs. Mollie - Angler Brian Stover
2nd - 548.6 lbs. Miss Mary - Angler Joey DiFatta
3rd - 528.4 lbs. Reel Fire - Angler Travis Dorland
Catch and Release
1st - Briar Patch
2nd - Relentless Pursuit
3rd - Southern Charm
1st - 148 lbs. Fins Up - Angler Charlie Thomas
2nd - 143.2 lbs. Miss Ma'am - Angler Tanner Yancey
3rd - 127.6 lbs. Lifeline - Angler Lori McDowell
1st - 24.4 lbs. Cotton Patch - Angler Peter Martin
1st - 25.2lbs. Miss Mary - Angler Daniel Cater
2nd - 20.2 lbs. Perseverance - Angler Todd Rosetti
Top Lady Angler
Mackenzie Davis on the Southern Charm
Clark Adams on the Gunnslinger