Riviera 47 reels in the jackpot at the Zane Grey Invitational in California
California, United States of America: It was a momentous occasion for the team on board Riviera 47 Shark’s Parlour who won the overall jackpot, taking home US$79,213 in the 2011 Zane Grey Invitational, the first event in the annual California Billfish Series presented by Typhoon Polarized Optics.
The Shark’s Parlour team, including Jesse Henry, Bryce Hermann, Eric Hermann, Tom Sloan, Rick Triguiero and owner/captain Jim Sloan have fished the California Billfish Series for the past four years and have won the last two.
Owner Jim Sloan said it was a challenging tournament.
“We saw a few more fish on Day One and nothing on Day Two. Overall, it was a couple of tough days of fishing,” Jim said.
“It is truly an honor to be able to fish against the most experienced and storied teams on the West Coast and we couldn’t have competed without the dedication and strength of our team.”
There was plenty of action for anglers throughout the series, which attracts the top marlin crews in the western US who compete for some big prize money in three individual fishing tournaments including the Zane Grey Invitational, Catalina Classic and Avalon Billfish Classic.
The competition was tough with the fleet fishing for more than US$160,000 in cash and prizes including some great prizes from the tournament’s sponsors such as Fraser-Volpe gyros, custom bronze trophies, Phenix marlin casters with Accurate reels, Hot Liquid Lures, Dana Landing gift cards and much more.
The Zane Grey Invitational was the first tournament in the series, held September 11-13. Tournament director Ali Hussainy decided to move the tournament to Dana Point to take advantage of a body of striped marlin located just off the beach, a decision that proved fruitful for the crew on board Riviera 47 Shark’s Parlour who won both Day One and Day Two dailies as well as the overall jackpot earning them US$79,213.
The team on Shark’s Parlour took the lead on Day One and held the position the entire event. The team hooked a marlin well south of Dana Point on a live bait at 10:55am on Day One. Jesse Henry landed the fish just 20 minutes later, and the team decided to release it and take the 100 points. Henry’s fish was the only one caught on the day.
On Day Two the team on Ruckus, a 40 Riviera hooked up a striped marlin but the fish came unbuttoned a few minutes later and the 10-boat fleet did not report any further hookups on Day Two making Shark’s Parlour’s release on Day One the only qualifying catch which swept all of the dailies and overall jackpot.