Safe Handling Practices

Photo courtesy of Laurent Cherubin

Did you know that removing a billfish from the water not only causes unnecessary harm to the fish, but in the Atlantic it is illegal to remove any highly migratory fish from the water that is  not harvested. Learn how to ensure safe, healthy billfish release and  still get great pictures of your catch without harming the fish.

Keep Them in the Water and Keep Them Alive

Can you remember the first billfish you caught? For those lucky enough to have caught a marlin, sailfish, or swordfish, the memory of the first billfish is perhaps one of the most coveted experiences for any angler. For most, it’s a memory full of the smell of diesel, spray of the water, and sore arms pumping as the captain backs down on a lit up fish, greyhounding and fighting with all its might. Although a memory that will last forever, many anglers want a photo with their first billfish. Pulling billfish out of the water is illegal in U.S. Atlantic waters unless the fish is going to be harvested. Unfortunately, more and more photos of people holding up sailfish or small marlin or stretching them across the covering boards are posted on websites, sent via social media and published in fishing magazines.

Removing billfish from the water puts additional stress on their body after the initial stress caused by the fight. Contact with the fish removes the slime that protects it from parasites and infections. Just like a person whose immune system is weakened after a hectic or traumatic experience, billfish are more susceptible to infections or diseases when stressed. A billfish’s skeleton is designed for buoyant conditions of the ocean, so when removed from the water the skeleton and internal organs come under the strain of gravity, which can cause serious harm to the fish. While some research is complete on the effects non-offset circle hooks have in reducing billfish post release mortality, less research is complete on assessing effects of fight times and other fishing stressors. In studies by students at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) 22 pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs) were deployed on white marlin caught using circle hooks. As part of the study, blood samples were taken from the fish requiring removal of the marlin from the water. Data from the PSATs indicated that 21% of those white marlin died immediately after release. In a separate, similar study also conducted by VIMS, 30 white marlin were tagged withoutbeing removed from the water and resulted in only 2% post release mortality. It was hypothesized that the significantly different mortality rates could be due to the additional stress put on the white marlin when removed from the water. It’s also interesting to note that the white marlin that did not survive, did not experience the longest fight times. Researchers hypothesize that a short fight time before being removed from the water for blood samples may be equivalent to a human sprinting for as long and hard as possible, then being forced to hold their breath! Results from PSATs studies also show that it can take billfish as long as 14 days to recover and resume normal behavior.

Photo courtesy of Eric Orbesen- NOAA

 

It is well known that stress caused by fight time makes a fish more vulnerable to predation and commercial fishing pressure. Anglers should strive to keep the billfish from getting injured, especially when deploying a $4,000 PSAT, to gather valuable data. The scientists took every precaution during the research to ensure the survival of the fish, but even so some died, perhaps due to the additional stress from being hauled aboard a boat, being deprived of oxygen and having blood taken.

For anglers, the condition of the hooked billfish should be a priority. Injury can be mitigated by using non-offset, circle hooks with all natural baits, proper hook removal, and using tackle to match the size of your query. Taking the time to rig baits, spectacular boat handling, and world-class angling is all null if the fish is pulled from the water and injured.

Photo Courtesy of Brittney Novalsky

If an angler wants a photo with his or her fish, TBF recommends safe handling practices be followed. Once the fish is alongside the boat, keep it in gear with the fish’s lower jaw in the water to ensure oxygenated water passes over the gills. Then the angler can lean over the gunnel while someone snaps photos. Taking the time to ensure a safe release is the mark of a real sportsman, not just the number of flags flying from outriggers, or pictures on a wall. The next time someone wants to pull a billfish out of the water for a photo, ask that person if the photo is worth the life of the fish. A photo may be worth a thousand words, but it is not worth killing a billfish.

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Sailfishing Tips from Sailsmen Fishing Team

Winter is approaching and that means one thing for us down here in South Florida, the return of the world class sailfish bite. Anglers begin to anticipate the onset of the season’s first cold snaps and along with that, the annual migration of Atlantic Sailfish down the coast. Some anglers let us know how a finesse game can not only help keep you in the money, but be better for the fish as well.

The beauty of this near shore fishery is that just about anyone can get in on the action; however some   anglers take this season a bit more serious than others. These hardcore tournament fishing teams know what it takes to put up numbers and may run forty plus miles in heavy seas from their home inlet in search of a bite.

We caught up with one such team recently to pick their brains a bit about what they feel contributes to their repeated success and some of the measures they take to keep up with an ever-growing fleet of competitors. What we learned encouraged TBF in regards to the direction this fishery is going.

Team Sailsmen, formerly known as team “Advanced Roofing,” has been competitively fishing in the south Florida area for over 15 years. This group of friends, who have been fishing together since high school, have mastered their craft. To them the change of season means time to ready their tackle in preparation for the upcoming tournament schedule. With many top finishes and over 1 million dollars in career tournament winnings, we figured we were talking to the right guys.

“You have to constantly be stepping up your game…” team captain Jeff Scott states. “The competition has gotten so good out there that we constantly have to be looking for ways to elevate ours. We can’t control how many fish are going to show up and where” says Scott, “but it’s important to make it count in the areas you do have control over, like our tackle.”

“One thing that’s changed over the years is tackle” says Mike Calabrese, another member of the team. “It seems like just a few years ago guys were using J hooks and big, 60 lb. leader material. Now, not only are crews using circle hooks, we’re using really small ones at that.” In addition to the small, lightweight hooks, the guys have downsized their leader material as well. “30 lb. fluoro. That’s it.” Scott says. “You have to try pretty hard to break it and if you do, you probably did something wrong.”

How do the guys feel about these adjustments? “We’re all for it” says Scott. “Smaller hooks penetrate easier and also help to present the bait in a more natural manner.”

“For our kite fishing, we’re using a 5/0 hook” Calabrese says. “I like a little bigger if I’m trolling, say a 6/0 or 7/0.”

Still, those hooks are considered small by most standards. “The best part about all that,” Calabrese proclaims “Is that we’re letting these fish go with hardly anything left on them.”  “A quick grab of the 30lb. and it usually parts inches from the hook where the leader was chaffed. And they’re off…Just remember to make sure you have photo or video verification of your catch before doing so” he adds.

Both guys agree that since the shift, they have seen far fewer deep hooked and bleeding fish. “I think it’s safe to say that virtually all of our fish we let go swim off in great shape” explains Scott.

Another detail the “Roofers”(as they are so affectionately known as by their peers) have adapted is the use of a lighter main line as well.“Everyone used to use 20 lb.” says team owner, Michael Kornharens. “Now, we’ve realized we don’t need that heavy of line.”

“There are numerous benefits. We get more line capacity using 17 lb. and experience less belly in the line when it is in the air through the kite clip or in the water when we are fighting a fish,” explains Kornharens. The added capacity is also beneficial when the team hooks up to multiple fish that head off in different directions.

The anglers also agree that with the lighter line and decreased drag pressure, the sailfish tend to stay higher up in the water column when hooked.

“It’s not for everyone…” Scott adds. “You have to have good anglers who know when to back off and know when to push it up. Ultimately though, if you can do it and chase these fish with the boat and get a quick release, everybody wins.I’d say we average a 2-4 minute release time for each fish. It enables us to get our baits back out quickly and the fish usually take off like nothing happened” he adds.

“When you catch fish quickly, you are able to hopefully stay with that body of fish that has just moved upon you,” says Calabrese. “The positioning of the boat and where you set back up after a release is really what can make or break a tournament for you. Catching them quick is the only way to go.”

While the Sailsmen and TBF both advocate tagging measures for billfish, it should be added that tagging fish during a tournament may not be the best time to do so. “We carry tags onboard and attempt to deploy them when the time is right” says team member David Collier. “In the heat of a tournament is usually no time to attempt to properly place a tag. Instead we will try to get our tags out while pre-fishing when we have a little more time to ensure the tag is placed in a good spot on the fish,”he explains.

The main thing is you do not have to be in a tournament or be a professional to attempt a transition in your tackle for both your sake and the fish’s. Use smaller hooks and make a conscious effort to go after your hooked billfish and reduce the fight time. “Bottom line, the smaller the hook you use, the less force required for it to penetrate and the better chance you have it will stick. The quicker you catch and release your fish while leaving as little as possible behind, the better for the fishery” adds Scott.

With all the evidence pointing towards mutual benefits for all involved, there is hope for a great sailfish bite off South Florida for years to come.

 

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Results of Public Consultation on the Future of Bermuda’s EEZ

Public Input on the Future of Bermuda’s EEZ

In 2013, the Bermudian government began the ongoing process of evaluating options for the future management of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). From September 3rd to October 31st of 2013 public consultation was conducted and the results of this consultation have recently been released by the Sustainable Development Department. The report, The Future of Bermuda’s Exclusive Economic Zone: Outcome of the Public Consultation reflects the diversity of opinions held by stakeholders. Most of all, the report emphasizes the need for the government of Bermuda to identify and evaluate the many important ecological, social, cultural and economic issues to be further addressed before any decisions about the future of its EEZ can be made.

Photo credit: Bonnier

In surveys distributed by the Sustainable Development Department, the public was asked to weigh in on options including the establishment of no-take marine reserve (MR) covering roughly 80% of its EEZ, developing an offshore commercial fishery, seabed exploration, and mineral extraction from the seabed. Survey responses and comments submitted ranged from advocating for strict protection of Bermuda’s EEZ to activities that “fully explore” the natural resources within Bermuda’s EEZ. The government has stated it wishes to show its commitment to the international community while fully considering the socioeconomic impacts that may arise including foreign investment and the creation of new jobs and industries. Unfortunately, the Bermudian government is lacking any “sound economic profiles” for the potential options they are considering.

Fortunately, TBF has been involved with this process since news of a possible MR was announced. By participating in public meetings, distributing TBF reports to the public and meeting with government officials, TBF stressed the importance of sportfishing and that the many benefits it generates to Bermuda are not overlooked. Government administrators obviously understood input from TBF about the significant deterrent that a marine reserve would have for anglers wanting to fish for fishing would be prohibited. Not being able to fish during the long trip to Bermuda or explore new fishing grounds could result in fewer visiting anglers. Current statistics that visiting boat owners and guests spend on average $150,00 and $4,000 respectively compared to the average visitor coming by air or cruise ship that spend on average $1,100 and under $200 respectively. Previous socioeconomic studies conducted by TBF in other fishing destinations also indicate that visiting anglers participating in billfish tournaments generate $40 million USD annually in Bermuda alone. For Bermuda to retain its self-proclaimed title as the “blue marlin capital of the Atlantic” and the millions of dollars its economy currently receives from sportfishing tourism, shutting out the economic benefits generated by anglers would not be a wise decision. In Bermuda, billfishing is almost an entirely non-extractive activity and 98% of all billfish caught in tournaments from 2010-2013 were released. Establish a MR and prohibiting sportfishing from up to 70% of Bermuda’s water would do little to protect highly migratory species that face intensive commercial fishing pressure. Officials from Bermuda have also stated that the high costs of enforcement for such a large, offshore area is another significant challenge in maintaining an effective MR and quite often anglers are responsible for reporting illegal activities. Prohibiting anglers from these areas would mean the loss of an invaluable aid to enforcement efforts while providing virtually no benefit to Bermuda’s marine resources.

Though planning and managing a MR, like managing all marine resources, benefits from public input, sound decision making requires detailed, substantiated facts and statistics. Assessing the economic impacts of establishing a MR necessitates socio-economic studies. In an address to the Bermuda House of Assembly, the Premier, Michael Dunkley, acknowledged that “perceptions of biased and unreliable information, shallow due diligence and subjective assertions out not to be relied upon to make such an important decision.” Like Bermuda, the initial design and public consultation for Australia’s national system of marine reserves was also heavily influenced by powerful environmental organizations. For Australia, the failure to fully account for all of the potential impacts and not working with important stakeholders like anglers throughout the creation of its marine reserves resulted in tremendous controversy and the government having to repeat the entire process of consultation and creation of these reserves. These are all efforts and resources that take could be put toward better utilizing the strong, proven management practices that Bermuda already has in place.

“Planning for the future of our EEZ is probably one of the most complex and capacious opportunities that the Government and people of Bermuda have ever been presented with.” This statement made by the government of Bermuda in its consultation report shows that Bermuda has a lot of work in front of them to establish effective management of its marine environment that does not erode the current economic benefits from sportfishing. Going forward, Bermuda plans to investigate options for conducting independent socioeconomic assessments and TBF posts will follow.

To learn more about the issues in Bermuda, see TBF’s News Section for previous articles.

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Rum Bum Racing’s Matt Plumb voted into Road Racing Drivers Club

Plumb was among 15 new members who were voted for the honor by current Road Racing Drivers Club members.

Orlando, Fla. – Having scored multiple championships and a category-leading count of race wins, Rum Bum Racing driver and Team Manager Matt Plumb recently earned a new accolade as he was voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) as a member of the 2014 class. Plumb was among 15 new members who were voted for the honor by current Road Racing Drivers Club members.

“This year’s lineup of new Regular Members includes professional racing champions past and present, amateur racing champions, and drivers with stellar racing credentials,” offered RRDC president Bobby Rahal. “And, of course, each driver has demonstrated his or her outstanding conduct on and off the track, a quality the RRDC members take into consideration when voting in new members.”………

To read more visit www.motorsport.com from the link below:

http://www.motorsport.com/imsa/news/rum-bum-racing-s-matt-plumb-voted-into-road-racing-drivers-club/

 

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Tag & Release Standings – 11/1/14

Every year, The Billfish Foundation (TBF) recognizes the captains, mates and anglers (including youth and ladies) who tag and release the most billfish in each of the world’s oceans. The competition is categorized by billfish species, ocean, and whether the fish were tagged or released untagged.  Award winners are recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors: Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, and SIMRAD.

The Billfish Foundation’s Annual Tag and Release Ceremony will be held Friday, February 13, 2015, in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island. The evening will kick off at 6:30 PM with cocktails followed by the award presentation and dinner. Proceeds benefit TBF’s tag and release program.Get your tickets for the 2015 Tag & Release Award Ceremony here.

Honoring our Tag & Release sponsors (in order from left to right) Casa Vieja Lodge, Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Foundation, PELAGIC, and Costa.

Please remember the deadline for TBF to receive your tag and release data is November 15th!  You can either submit them via snail mail or online via www.tagbillfish.org.

The standings below reflect Tag and Release Cards entered into the TBF Database as of 11/1/2014.

Overall Release Captain

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Chris Van Leeuwen
4 Manuel Diaz
5 Dean Panos

Overall Tagging Captain

1 Josh Temple
2 Chris Sheeder
3 Ronnie Fields
4 Eddy Lawler
5 Francisco Alvarenga

Overall Release Angler

1 Pat McCotter
2 Keith Brandner
3 Bill Easum
4 John Duvall
5 Tiffany Sisolak

Overall Tagging Angler

1 Keith Brandner
2 Gray Ingram
3 Darryl Schroeder
4 Sandra MacMillan
5 Alejandro Gonzalez

Overall Release Lady Angler

1 Tiffany Sisolak
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Joan Verrnon
4 Sally Kurz
5 Martha Macnab

 Overall Tagging Lady Angler

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Jo-Ann Riley
3 Kumie Saegusa
4 Martha Macnab
5 Sandra Hiler

Overall Release Youth Angler

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Jonathan Gaskill
4 Brown Gaddy
5 Charles Gaddy

Overall Tagging Youth Angler

1 Shawn MacMullin
2 Bo Ingram
3 Nick Brackman
4 Aidan Burke
5 Josh Golden

Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Bo Ingram
3 Sandra MacMillan
4 Chris Haley
5 Mario Frering

Sailfish

1 Kasey Swan
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Andy Southwell
4 Kerry Dyer
5 Dawn Samuels

Swordfish

1 Rick Gudoian

White Marlin

1 Laurent Sahyoun
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Jeff Citron
4 Jefferey Stolarz
5 James Allement

Top Release Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Bo Ingram
4 James Weir
5 James Turner

Sailfish

1 Gray Ingram
2 Chris Kubik
3 Andy Southwell
4 Rob DeYoung
5 Wesley Davis

White Marlin

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Tommy Montague
3 Willo Rubi
4 Will Stark
5 James Turner

Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Chris Hood
3 Olaf Grimkowski
4 Antonio Amaral
5 Ben Horning

Sailfish

1 Fin Gaddy
2 Bouncer Smith
3 Rom Whitaker
4 Danny Ford
5 Gary Clifford

Swordfish

1 Mark Pagano
2 Sean O’Connor
3 Bouncer Smith

White Marlin

1 Christian Benazeth
2 Gary Richardson
3 Jerry Lanzerotti
4 Scott Leon
5 Tim Richardson

Top Release Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Scott Leon
3 Matt Mauldwin
4 Tim Richardson
5 Bertrand Bouchard

Sailfish

1 Dean Panos
2 Fin Gaddy
3 Rom Whitaker
4 George Wells
5 Dennis Endee

 White Marlin

1 Scott Leon
2 Dennis Endee
3 Tim Richardson
4 Fin Gaddy
5 Mickey Foster

Top Tagging Angler- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Brady Wild

Blue Marlin

1 Keith Brandner
2 James Brown
3 Tony Carpenter
4 Ron Kawaja
5. Greg Brandner

Sailfish

1 Darryl Schroeder
2 Alejandro Gonzalez
3 Melanie Gregory
4 Scott Kozak
5 Shawn MacMullin

Striped Marlin

1 Martha Macnab
2 Kumie Saegusa
3 Blake Quinn
4 John “Jack” Duvall
5 Nick Brackmann

Top Release Angler- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Barry Alty
2 Bill Pullman

Blue Marlin

1 Pat McCotter
2 Keith Brandner
3 James Brown
4 Tony Carpenter
5 Joan Vernon

Sailfish

1 Bill Easum
2 John Duvall
3 Tiffany Sisolak
4 Gray Ingram
5 Scott Kozak

Striped Marlin

1 T John “Jack” Duvalls
2 Chris Bays
3 Pat McCotter
4 Steve Slawkin

Top Tagging Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Tim Richardson

Blue Marlin

1 Josh Temple
2 Chuck Wigzell
3 Sean Holden
4 Skeet Warren
5 Chip Van Mols

Sailfish

1 Chris Sheeder
2 Francisco Alvarenga
3 David Salazar
4 Nicho Alvarenga
5 Richard Chellemi

Spearfish

1 Chuck Wigzell

Striped Marlin

1 Bernabe Ruiz
2 Jaime Gonzalez
3 Sean Holden
4 Tony Araiza
5 Carl Schloederer

Top Release Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Brett Alty
2 Tim Richardson
3 Pete Rae

Blue Marlin

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Chris Bays
3 BC Angel
4 Bubba Carter

Sailfish

1 Chris Van Leeuwen
2 Manuel Diaz
3 Brad Phillips
4 Mike Day
5 Pete Rae

 Striped Marlin

1 Chris Bays
2 Eduardo Cesena Burgoin
3 Pablo Cesena
4 Carlos Ruiz
5 Rafeal (Cha Cha) Sanchez

Top Tagging Angler – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Scott MacGowan
2 Jo-Ann Riley
3 Chee Meng Yap
4 Peter Nagle
5 Luke Groen

Sailfish

1 Jo-Ann Riley
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Henry Riggs-Miller
4 Steve Palumbo
5 Geoff Ellens

Top Release Angler – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Murray Teasdace
Sailfish

1 Henry Riggs-Miller

 Top Tagging Captain- Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bernard Vale
3 Scott MacGowan
4 Ross Newton
5 Jo-Ann Riley

Blue Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Ross Newton
3 Bernard Vale

Sailfish

1 Jourdain Ellens
2 Rolly Pierre
3 Scott MacGowan
4 Eddy Lawler
5 Ross Newton

Striped Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bryan Matiba

Top Release Captain – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Ross Newton

Blue Marlin

1 Ross Newton

Sailfish

1 Rolly Pierre

Youth Tag Divisions

8 and under

1 Brown Gaddy
2 Charles Gaddy
3 Caden Alexander

9-10

1 Aidan Burke
11-12

1 Kaleb Richardson
2 Jonathan Gaskill

13 – 15

1 Shawn MacMullin
2 Bo Ingram
3 Patrick Haley
4 Greer Beasley

16 – 17

1 Nick Brackmann

Youth Release Divisions

8 and under

1 Charles Gaddy
2 Brown Gaddy

13 – 15

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin

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Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Awards Presented at TBF’s Enchanted Forest Masquerade Ball

The Billfish Foundation’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award, is named in honor of the late John Rybovich, a pioneer in billfish conservation and sportfishing vessel design. This year’s winners represent the marine publishing industry, the field of billfish science and an individual advocate and organizer for advancing responsible fishing.

C.M. “Rip” Cunningham – of Boston, Massachusetts began 41 years ago as an associate editor with SaltWater Sportsman magazine where he educated anglers not only on fishing and boating techniques and products, but equally on the importance of participating in the fishery conservation and management processes. His commitment includes serving nine years on the New England Fishery Management Council where he currently serves as Chairman. Before leaving full time employment at SaltWater Sportsman magazine in 2004, he had risen to the position of Editor-in-Chief. Today he continues to contribute his expertise and commitment by writing the magazine’s Conservation Column. “His commitment to sportfishing and conservation is exemplary,” says John Brownlee, TBF Board Member and the current Editor-in-Chief of SaltWater Sportsman magazine.

Dr Julian Pepperell – of Queensland, Australia established the nation’s gamefish tagging program for the New South Wales Fisheries Ministry 40 years ago. The enormous program transitioned Australia’s gamefishing anglers from killing to a predominantly tag-and-release format. Over the years Pepperell has gained distinction as an authority on billfish and other pelagic species, authoring two books and numerous scientific publications. He has had his own research company since 1991 and conducts research in partnership with universities, government, and the private sector. Pepperell also serves as an adjunct professor at several Australian universities. His regular & very popular science column and in-depth features printed in BlueWater Boats and Sportsfishing magazine inform readers about the biology of gamefish and the science relating to their management. Friend and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Tim Simpson, says “Pepperell provides a rare gift in his ability to bridge the gap between the scientific community and anglers.”

Herman “Dutch” Prager –of Mandeville, Louisiana returned from submarine duty during World War II and, after seeing a 465.5 pound blue marlin brought to the dock during the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, began a quest to bring big game fishing to his state.  He wanted a big game fishing club established in New Orleans, so with a few other big game fishermen he provided the muscle and drive that in 1961 established the New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club (NOBGFC). The Club’s mission distinguished it from others in that it focused solely on furthering scientific knowledge of big-game fish species by acting as a liaison between anglers and scientists.  Prager was elected President a month later, a position he occupied until 1990, a tenure during which he earned the titles of Club “father, godfather or ramrod.”  In 1962 the Club’s first tournament attracted 46 members and 44 guest anglers and has grown ever since. Dutch and his rules committee established angling rules that are the foundation of the NOBGFC and he insisted that IGFA rules and protocol be strictly followed. TBF is proud to have the NOBGFC as a conservation partner.

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Introducing the TBF SoFlo Sailfish Circuit

Have you ever wondered who the best anglers, captains and crews are here in South Florida? Some boats might have their luck at a two day tournament, but what about every weekend? What about over the entire sailfishing season? With TBF’s SoFlo Sailfish Circuit anglers, captains and crews now have a way to find out!

The goal of TBF’s South Florida Sailfish Regional Competition is to engage anglers in the South Florida billfishing scene and increase participation in TBF’s Tag & Release program through the competitive spirit of anglers. The South Florida Sailfish Regional Competition creates a new region  and categories within TBF’s International Tag & Release Competition to recognize the great billfishing found right here in South Florida. These additional categories and creation of a professional category means that everyone from your professional, tournament winning teams to everyday, weekend-warriors have a chance to win. TBF’s SoFlo Sailfish Circuit offers anglers, captains and crews several opportunities to be recognized for their outstanding fishing accomplishments, contribution to billfish conservation and a chance to win great prizes including trophies from King Sailfish Mounts, Costa Sunglasses, and much more.

Courtesy of Capt. Chris Sheeder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New SoFL Sailfish Categories

Rules & Eligibility

TBF’s South Florida Sail & Swords Competition will establish a new, South Florida region as part of TBF’s existing International Tag & Release Competition (see following pages for more information). Individual awards will be given to the captains and anglers with the most tag or releases in their respective category. Overall awards are awarded to the anglers and captains with the greatest total number of eligible tags or releases for both species combined. Only TBF tags will count toward the tag category.  Anglers must be 17 years of age or younger as of October 31, 2015 to be qualified as a Junior Angler. A minimum of ten sailfish must be tagged or released by angler or captain to be eligible. Individual award winners (captain and angler categories) must be a current TBF member to receive an award. Award winners must be members at the Sailfish level or above with the exception of junior anglers who are eligible with a youth membership.

Professional Division Eligibility

Hired, for-pay captain and anglers or captains and anglers that have won more than $10,000 in the past three years in tournament winnings (billfish tournaments only) qualify for professional divisions with the exception of junior angler categories. For-hire, charter boat captains are only eligible for professional divisions.

Dates & Eligible Species

November 1, 2014 – October 31st, 2015

All tag and release reports must be sent in to The Billfish Foundation or entered in TBF’s Tag & Release Online Database by November 15 of 2015 to be eligible for the competition. Only sailfish tagged and or released during the dates above are eligible for the competition.

Boundaries

US, Atlantic waters from Fort Pierce to Key West. The area is defined to include anglers and captains fishing from the counties of St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. See map for specific coordinates (competition area is outlined in green).

Awards

Awards will be given during the International Tag & Release award ceremony during the Miami International Boat Show in February of 2016. Awards include trophies provided by King Sailfish Mounts, pair of Costa Sunglasses, and more.

Mates

TBF recognizes the valuable contribution of mates in both the release and tagging of billfish. In addition to anglers and captains, mates will also be awarded with a pair of Costa Sunglasses and a plaque for his or her level of achievement. 

Proper Tagging Procedure & Tagging at Tournaments

The post-release survival of billfish is vital and TBF urges that proper tagging procedures are used when tagging any billfish to ensure safe, healthy releases (see TBF’s Tag & Release Program brochure for more information). Improper tag placement, ‘speed tagging’ or using too much force when tagging can result in serious injury or death to the fish. For this reason TBF does not encourage tagging during tournaments. However, if a boat chooses to tag any sailfish during a tournament they will be counted toward the TBF South Florida Sailfish Tag & Release Competition. All participants are encouraged to see TBF’s Tag & Release brochure for information on safe handling and proper tagging procedure.

 

 

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TBF’s Masquerade Ball – Get your tickets now!

Don’t miss out on THE sportfishing party of the year!

Click here to get your tickets to TBF’s Masquerade ball!

Eat, drink, and bid on items to help support billfish conservation! Check out some of the pictures and fun everyone had from last year’s “Night Under the Big Top” Party.

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Rum Bum Racing Closes 2014 IMSA Championship on the Podium at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Ga. (3 October 2014) – Beating the odds in an extremely competitive field, Lu Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing closed out the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship with a third place finish at Road Atlanta on Friday.

Starting in last place due to unfortunate circumstances in qualifying, a combination of gutsy strategy, super-fast pit work, and an ironman performance by Matt Plumb produced a podium finish to end the 2014 season on a positive note.

Crew Chief Joe Varde’s call to pit starting driver Brandon Davis under green on Lap 2 set the team on a strategy that ultimately paid dividends by relying on consistent pace on track and an exceptional set of pit stops by the Rum Bum Racing crew.

“The strength of Rum Bum Racing is knowing that we can rely on the performance of every member and every part of this team” said Team Manager and lead driver Matt Plumb. “It was pretty lonely just putting in the laps early in the race at the back of the field, but unless I’m wrong, we jumped five positions on our first pit stop and six on our second; just a monster performance by our boys. At that point the race was truly on.”

The last 40 minutes turned into one of the most exciting races of the season with exactly the kind of action the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is known for. Through the chaos the familiar yellow and blue No. 13 Porsche emerged to score a third place finish in the race, and hoist the reigning Drivers’ and two-time Team Champions to fourth place in the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Team Championship.

“I’d like to thank all of our fans, supporters, partners, and especially our crew, Joe Varde, and Lu and Jennifer Bacardi for their guidance and support during this past season. It is a such pleasure to work with this awesome group of people, and a privilege to do it with all of our supporters across North America” added Plumb. “We’re already working on 2015 and we can’t wait to get started again in January at Daytona.”

The Road Atlanta event will be televised on Sunday, October 12 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Rum Bum Racing Ready to Move Forward at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Ga. (2 October 2014) – Rum Bum Racing will look to move forward in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road Atlanta on Friday after some bad luck caught the team out during qualifying on Thursday.

Brandon Davis, who is debuting with Rum Bum Racing this weekend, was all set to wheel the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche around the quick and challenging 2.54-mile road course during Thursday’s 15-minute qualifying session only to have qualifying go under a red flag for nearly the entire session. Unfortunately the squad wasn’t able to get a lap in and will be forced to start the 2.5-hour race from the rear of the field.

Fortunately, Rum Bum Racing is known for its strategy and that, combined with the driving combination of Team Manager and driver Matt Plumb and sportscar veteran Davis, has the team optimistic about Friday’s race.

“It’s been great working with Rum Bum Racing and I thank them for the opportunity to drive this weekend,” said Davis. “Qualifying didn’t go how we wanted it to. The car was really good and it looked like the one lap that we actually started would have put us right up there. But unfortunately when the red flag came out we hadn’t logged a lap yet so we just have to deal with the consequences of that. It might rain tomorrow which I’m fine with. It’s a great car and these Rum Bum guys do a great job. We’ll have a good car for the race and we’ll just work our way forward and go from there.”

The Road Atlanta event will go green at 1:15 PM ET on Friday and will be streamed LIVE on imsa.com. FOX Sports 2 will televise the race on Sunday, October 12 at 12:00 PM ET.

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Rum Bum Racing Ready for Strong Close

Orlando, Fla. (29 September 2014) – Every team needs a Closer—the guy that everyone can count on to deliver a big performance right at clutch time. Whether that is the last pitch thrown in the World Series, or the final fish caught to make a winning difference in a tournament, Closers always count.

While many Rum Bum Racing fans might fondly recall the way the team burst on to the racing scene with a big victory in the season-opening race at Daytona in 2010, a look at the team trophy case points to an incredible record of performance in the final race of the season for the Luis Bacardi-owned squad.

The team won the final race of the season in 2010 (Salt Lake City), again in 2011 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), and then once again in 2012 (Lime Rock Park) to secure the 2012 Championship.

The 2013 season-finale at Lime Rock Park once again saw a big performance as the team scored third place to lock in a second consecutive IMSA Championship.

So heading to the final race of the 2014 IMSA season this Friday at Road Atlanta, Rum Bum Racing will look to once again play the role of closer.

The 2.5-hour race will mark the end of what has been a frustrating season for the team, which despite a cloud of tough racing luck in 2014, saw the group make multiple front-row starts as well as continue to show themselves to be winners. Of the 690 laps that the team has completed so far this year, Rum Bum Racing led over 20% of them.

Rum Bum Racing drivers Matt Plumb and Brandon Davis will share the No. 13 Porsche Rum Bum Racing entry as Davis makes his debut for the squad. Friday’s race will culminate not only a season of racing, but also a busy four-day stretch of on-track practice and preparation. Longhi qualified the Porsche on pole and led the opening 10 laps for this race in 2013 and will look to continue to have a positive impact on the team this weekend.

“We are looking for Lady Luck to return our phone call this weekend!” said Plumb. “Everything has been business as usual this year, but luck has not been on our side. We have continued to elevate our game in the meantime even more than ever, when things do change on the luck front we will capitalize!”

Rum Bum Racing will have a promoter test day on Tuesday, one practice session on Wednesday as well as practice and qualifying sessions on Thursday with the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche ahead of the Friday race, which will last 2.5-hours starting at 1:15 PM ET. The Road Atlanta event will be streamed LIVE via imsa.com and will re-air on FOX Sports 1, Sunday October 12 at 12:00 PM ET.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS – 2014 International Billfish Conservation Record

The Billfish Foundation’s 2014 International Billfish Conservation Record is now available for purchase on TBF’s Online Shopping Cart. This publication is dedicated to the late Dr. Russell Nelson, a nationally acclaimed scientist, who served as The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) Chief Scientist for 12 years. The Conservation Record includes the 2013 Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, the 2013 TBF Tag & Release Program participants, summary of all tag, release & recapture data submitted and collected for 2013, map of top locations by species, and much more! TBF thanks our Tagging Program sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa, King Sailfish Mounts & Pelagic Gear, for their support in making this record possible. Please note, all Striped Marlin ($250) members, Blue Marlin ($500) members, Chairman’s Club ($1000) and Legacy ($10000) members will receive a complimentary copy of the 2014 record as part of their TBF member premium. Join or upgrade today! Billfish.org

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Current Tag & Release Standings – 9/25/14

Every year, The Billfish Foundation (TBF) recognizes the captains, mates and anglers (including youth and ladies) who tag and release the most billfish in each of the world’s oceans. The competition is categorized by billfish species, ocean, and whether the fish were tagged or released untagged.  Award winners are recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors: Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, and SIMRAD.

Please remember the deadline for TBF to receive your tag and release data is November 15th!  You can either submit them via snail mail or online via www.tagbillfish.org.

The standings below reflect Tag and Release Cards entered into the TBF Database as of 9/25/2014.

Overall Release Captain

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Chris Van Leeuwen
4 Manuel Diaz
5 Dean Panos

Overall Tagging Captain

1 Josh Temple
2 Chris Sheeder
3 Ronnie Fields
4 Eddy Lawler
5 Francisco Alvarenga

Overall Release Angler

1 Pat McCotter
2 Keith Brandner
3 Bill Easum
4 John Duvall
5 Gray Ingram

Overall Tagging Angler

1 Keith Brandner
2 Gray Ingram
3 Darryl Schroeder
4 Sandra MacMillan
5 Alejandro Gonzalez

Overall Release Lady Angler

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Joan Verrnon
3 Tiffany Sisolak
4 Sally Kurz
5 Martha Macnab


 Overall Tagging Lady Angler

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Martha Macnab
3 Dawn Samuels
4 Erika Babikow
5 Sally Kurz

Overall Release Youth Angler

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Charles Gaddy
4 Brown Gaddy
5 Jackson Woodward

Overall Tagging Youth Angler

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Nick Brackman
4 Josh Golden
5 Brown Gaddy

Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Bo Ingram
3 Sandra MacMillan
4 Chris Haley
5 Mario Frering

Sailfish

1 Kasey Swan
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Andy Southwell
4 Kerry Dyer
5 Dawn Samuels


 Swordfish

1 Rick Gudoian

White Marlin

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Jeff Citron
3 Jefferey Stolarz
4 James Allement

Top Release Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Sandra MacMillan
3 Bo Ingram
4 James Weir
5 James Turner

Sailfish

1 Gray Ingram
2 Chris Kubik
3 Andy Southwell
4 Rob DeYoung
5 Wesley Davis

White Marlin

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Willo Rubi
3 Will Stark
4 James Turner
5 Sally Kurz

Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Chris Hood
3 Olaf Grimkowski
4 Antonio Amaral
5 Ben Horning

Sailfish

1 Fin Gaddy
2 Rom Whitaker
3 Bouncer Smith
4 Danny Ford
5 Gary Clifford

Swordfish

1 Mark Pagano
2 Sean O’Connor

White Marlin

1  Gary Richardson
2 Jerry Lanzerotti
3 Scott Leon
4 Tim Richardson
5 David Deniz

Top Release Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Scott Leon
3 Matt Mauldwin
4 Tim Richardson
5 Bertrand Bouchard

Sailfish

1 Dean Panos
2 Fin Gaddy
3 Rom Whitaker
4 George Wells
5 Dennis Endee

White Marlin

1 Scott Leon
2 Dennis Endee
3 Tim Richardson
4 Fin Gaddy
5 Jimmy Grant

Top Tagging Angler- Pacific Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Keith Brandner
2 James Brown
3 Tony Carpenter
4 Ron Kawaja
5. Greg Brander

Sailfish

1 Darryl Schroeder
2 Alejandro Gonzalez
3 Scott Kozak
4 Brent Kitson
5 David Glidden

Striped Marlin

1 Martha Macnab
2 Blake Quinn
3 John “Jack” Duvall
4 Nick Brackmann
5 Gary Robertson

Top Release Angler- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Barry Alty
2 Bill Pullman

Blue Marlin

1 Pat McCotter
2 Keith Brander
3 James Brown
4 Tony Carpenter
5 Andrea Hoke

Sailfish

1 Bill Easum
2 John Duvall
3 Gray Ingram
4 Keith Brander
5 Scott Kozak

Striped Marlin

1 Team Los Amogos
2 John “Jack” Duvall
2 Chris Bays
3 Steve Slawkin
4 Pat McCotter

Top Tagging Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Tim Richardson

Blue Marlin

1 Josh Temple
2 Sean Holden
3 Skeet Warren
4 Richard Chellemi
5 Jason Parker

Sailfish

1 Chris Sheeder
2 Francisco Alvarenga
3 David Salazar
4 Richard Chellemi
5 Nicho Alvarenga

Striped Marlin

1 Bernabe Ruiz
2 Jaime Gonzalez
3 Sean Holden
4 Tony Araiza
5 Carl Schloederer

Top Release Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Brett Alty
2 Tim Richardson
3 Pete Rae

Blue Marlin

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Chris Bays
3 BC Angel
4 Bubba Carter

Sailfish

1 Chris Van Leeuwen
2 Manuel Diaz
3 Brad Phillips
4 Pete Rae
5 Josh Temple

Striped Marlin

1 Chris Bays
2 Eduardo Cesena Burgoin
3 Pablo Cesena
4 Carlos Ruiz
5 Rafeal (Cha Cha) Sanchez

Top Tagging Angler – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Scott MacGowan
2 Jo-Ann Riley
3 Chee Meng Yap
4 Peter Nagle
5 Luke Groen

Sailfish

1 Jo-Ann Riley
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Steve Palumbo
4 Henry Riggs-Miller
5 Geoff Ellens

Top Release Angler – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Murray Teasdace
Sailfish

1 Henry Riggs-Miller

 

Top Tagging Captain- Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bernard Vale
3 Scott MacGowan
4 Ross Newton
5 Jo-Ann Riley

Blue Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Ross Newton
3 Bernard Vale

Sailfish

1 Jourdain Ellens
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Eddy Lawler
4 Ross Newton
5 Rolly Pierre

Striped Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bryan Matiba

Top Release Captain – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Ross Newton

Blue Marlin

1 Ross Newton

Sailfish

1 Rolly Pierre

 

Female Tag Division

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Martha Macnab
3 Dawn Samuels
4 Erika Babikow
5 Sally Kurz

Female Release Division

1 Sandra MacMillan
2 Joan Vernon
3 Amanda Thompson
4 Tiffany Sisolak
5 Andrea Hoke

 

Youth Tag Divisions

8 and under

1 Brown Gaddy
2 Charles Gaddy
3 Caden Alexander

13 – 15

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Patrick Haley
4 Greer Beasley

16 – 17

1 Nick Brackmann

Youth Release Divisions

8 and under

1 Charles Gaddy
2 Brown Gaddy

13 – 15

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin

 

 

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Rum Bum Racing’s Fighting Spirit Shines Through the Gloom in Texas

Austin, Texas (19 September 2014) – Seven time World Champion and Hall of Fame American sailor Paul Cayard said it best: “When life’s easy anyone can drive, but when it’s tough, the people who excel can make a difference.”

Reigning and two time defending IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Champions Rum Bum Racing lived up to that quote at the Circuit of the Americas round of the 2014 IMSA Championship in Austin, Texas. After record breaking seasons of success with 15 wins, the sheer bad luck that has followed the team in 2014 reared its head again before the green flag even flew. After a great third place qualifying effort by starting driver Hugh Plumb, a freak occurrence saw the engine’s serpentine belt come off on the first pace lap.

Post-race analysis pointed to a piece of debris causing the issue, but this potentially race-ending situation was attacked by the Rum Bum crew who got the car back in the race with a loss of only two laps, an amazing performance in itself. In very difficult weather conditions, the team clawed back to a 14th place finish on pure speed and determination.

Consistently the fastest car for the final hour of the race, lead driver Matt Plumb caught and passed the entire field including the overall leader, to get one of the two laps back. Crew Chief Joe Varde needed only one caution period for his one-stop strategy to play out and get the fan-favorite number 13 Porsche 911 back in contention for the win, but unusually for this series, that caution never came.

“That was one of the most challenging races I’ver ever driven” said Matt Plumb of his final stint. “There were a half dozen different ‘climates’ from corner to corner. It would be light drizzle, totally dry, then pouring rain in different places shifting around the track. I had some great coaching from our spotter MHP which was a huge help in those conditions”.

“What happened on the pace lap was completely unpredictable, just a continuation of the odd run of luck we have had this season” said Rum Bum Racing Technical Director Nick Longhi. “There is nothing anybody can do about it. Apart from that, and looking at what we could actually affect, the performance of the team today was stellar. By the numbers, we were in contention for the win, just a great effort from an exceptional group of people, from Lu Bacardi on down. When our luck comes back we’re going an a tear because every member on this team is looking for blood.”

Rum Bum Racing next travels to Road Atlanta in two weeks for the final race of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Brandon Davis will join Matt Plumb in the No. 13 Porsche for the season-finale event.

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Rum Bum Racing Third on Circuit of the Americas Grid

Austin, Texas (18 September 2014) – The Rum Bum Racing No. 13 Porsche will start from the second row of the grid at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on Friday following Thursday afternoon’s 15-minute qualifying session. Hugh Plumb turned a fast lap time of 2:23.211-seconds around the challenging 3.4-mile road course to take third on the 52-car combined class grid.

Hugh Plumb will open the 2.5-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race before handing the controls over to his brother and co-driver Matt Plumb who will take the car to the finish. Having placed fourth in last year’s debut race at COTA after starting third, Rum Bum Racing looks to take its first Circuit of the Americas podium with a positive outing in Friday’s race.

The No. 13 Porsche rolled off of the trailer and was immediately quick as the team posted the quickest time during the first practice held under warm and slightly wet track conditions. Rum Bum Racing then posted the fifth quickest time of the second practice which was held under hot and sticky weather conditions as the Rum Bum squad prepared for the 15-minute qualifying run.

“It’s great to be able to put the Rum Bum Porsche right up at the front,” said Hugh Plumb. “Thanks to the Bacardis and all the guys at Rum Bum for giving me a great car. And of course to my brother Matt who I expect to bring it home and put us right at the front at the end of the race. The car was good. I only had a couple of laps and it says something about the team, for me to be able to just get in the car and put it up front. So I thank them and the Bacardi family the most.Tomorrow we’ll just try to keep it clean and keep it at the front.”

With rain in the forecast for Friday’s race, the event could be an interesting one with different strategies put into play.

After some bad racing luck in the previous two events, the 2012 & 2013 GS Champions would like nothing more than to return to the podium at such an iconic circuit as the Circuit of the Americas.

The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 12:20PM Central Time and will be streamed LIVE on imsa.com. Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for updates throughout the race!

The COTA event will be televised on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, September 28 at 12:00 PM ET.

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Rum Bum Racing Looks to Go Big in Texas

New Driver Line-ups for COTA and Road Atlanta

Orlando, Fla. (16 September 2014) – The saying is that “everything is bigger in Texas,” and this weekend, that describes the size of the ambition for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing as the team has big plans for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race as part of the big Lone Star Le Mans event at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday.

With championship titles in 2012 and 2013, Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing enters the race weekend as the defending IMSA champions. But for Rum Bum Racing fans, the 2014 season has been far from satisfying as the team has suffered a streak of foul racing fortunes so far this year.

But with a few weeks to regroup, the team is fresh and focused ahead of the visit to the spectacular Circuit of the Americas just outside of Austin, Texas. The 3.4-mile circuit, which also plays host to Formula 1, Moto GP, and World Endurance Championship events, is an audacious mix of long flat out straight-aways and a series of challenging, technical switchbacks, with a pair of big braking hairpins in the mix for good measure.

The track is one the team knows well, having qualified third and finished fourth at the circuit in 2013.

This weekend will see a new look as Rum Bum Racing driver Nick Longhi, who has been with the team since the drop of the first green flag at Daytona in 2010 and was part of every one of the team’s 15 victories either as spotter or driver, will graduate from the cockpit to the pit stand as he focuses on an engineering role for the team at the Lone Star Le Mans event.

“The win ratio that Matt (Plumb) and I have had as co-drivers is arguably the best in GS history, and that’s all because we are a team,” said Longhi. “Whatever each individual has to do at any given time, we do, with the common goal of success. The last time I made this type of shift it resulted in winning the 2010 and 2012 IMSA GT Championships, and I’m 100% focused on optimizing the total team effort that Lu (Bacardi), Matt (Plumb), Joe (Varde), and all of us at Rum Bum Racing are all about.”

Returning to the Rum Bum Racing squad for the weekend will be Hugh Plumb, who will take on the qualifying and opening-stint driving duties this weekend before turning the car over to one of the category’s winningest drivers Matt Plumb. Hugh Plumb raced for Rum Bum Racing earlier this year at Daytona International Speedway in which he and co-driver Kaz Grala finished fourth.

“We are all looking forward to the Texas weekend,” said driver and Rum Bum Racing Team Manager Matt Plumb. “It will be a different look for us, with Nick (Longhi) working on the technical director side and Hugh (Plumb) jumping in to drive for us like he did with Kaz (Grala) earlier this year. We aren’t a factor in this year’s championship unfortunately, but it gives us the chance to use all of our resources to put ourselves in the best position to win these last two races. We are fortunate to have the kind of caliber of guys that we do with Nick (Longhi), Joe (Varde, crew chief), and Hugh (Plumb), and hopefully this drives us to that point where we can be fighting for wins and championships again.”

Utilizing different driver combinations in the final two races of the 2014 season, 2009 World Challenge GT champion Brandon Davis will drive alongside Plumb in the final race of the year at Road Atlanta. Davis comes to the team with loads of sports car experience with a long list of racing accomplishments that include becoming the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American State Champion, as well as the 2005 World Challenge Rookie of the Year.

The Circuit of the Americas race weekend will open with two practice sessions on Thursday ahead of a 15-minute qualifying session which is set to begin at 6:00 PM ET. The 2.5-hour race will begin at 1:20 PM ET and will be streamed LIVE on imsa.com.

The race will be televised on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, September 28 at 12:00 PM ET.

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Rum Bum Racing VIR Race Report

Alton, Va. (23 August 2014) – Rum Bum Racing had been hoping to turn the team’s luck around in Round 10 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, but the team faced disappointment when the group was forced to retire the No. 13 Porsche just a few laps into the race.

Drivers Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb and the Rum Bum Racing squad improved the No. 13 Porsche throughout the weekend’s practice sessions and looked to convert that momentum into a positive result in Saturday’s 2.5-hour race. Longhi was the quickest Porsche in Friday’s qualifying and opened the race from 13th on the grid, eager to move forward.

Longhi wasted no time maneuvering his way up as he moved into 10th on just the first lap. Unfortunately that forward progression came to a halt just three laps after an error in shifting caused irreversible damage to the Porsche powerplant, ending the day early for the defending championship squad.

“It’s such a shame because it doesn’t represent the time and effort everybody at Rum Bum Racing puts into this,” said Plumb, who serves as both driver and Team Manager for Rum Bum Racing. “We just have to keep moving forward. We can’t give up. We’re not going to throw in the towel. It’s tough. These guys don’t deserve it and our owner Luis Bacardi doesn’t deserve it. So we’ll rebound and get things back on track and figure out where we go from here.”

Rum Bum Racing next travels to Circuit of the Americas for Round 11 of the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship on September 19 & 20.

The VIR event will be televised on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 31 at 10:00 AM ET

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Rum Bum Racing Ready to Rebound at VIR

Orlando, Fla. (19 August 2014) – Following two frustrating race outings in which the team showed strong pace only to be caught out by bad racing luck, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing and drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi are ready to rebound this weekend as the 2012 & 2013 defending IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge champions travel to VIRginia International Raceway for Round 10 of the 2014 Championship.

It’s been three years since IMSA last visited the popular and classic 3.27-mile Virginia road course that features 17 turns. Rum Bum debuted at the track in 2010 with the squad’s No. 13 BMW M3 and scored the team’s second podium of the season in just its first year of competition as Plumb’s then co-driver Gian Bacardi sprayed the podium champagne with a third place finish.

This year, Rum Bum Racing brings its No. 13 Porsche machine to VIR and Plumb is joined by veteran sportscar racer Longhi. The duo has combined for 14 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victories and would like nothing more than to add to that tally this weekend at VIR as the championship hunt continues with just three races remaining on the 2014 schedule.

Entering the weekend with 198 points in the championship following two challenging race weekends, Rum Bum Racing will look to erase the memories of a motor issue in Indianapolis and a mechanical issue at Road America that took the team from the lead with just minutes left to go in the race.

“We knew coming into this championship this year that the competition would be fierce,” said Team Manager and driver Plumb, who won at the track in 2008. “It’s been even more of an uphill battle with the car having to carry the IMSA weight, but we’ve been able to pull some rabbits out of our hats with strategy calls and just hitting our marks as a team. So we’ve stayed in the hunt all year long and we’re still fighting. We took two tough hits at Indy and Road America but this team doesn’t get down. We immediately went back to work and began focusing on VIR. We know what we have to do from here on out and we’ll do our absolute best to get the best results possible in these final three races.”

Since IMSA’s last visit to VIR, the track has been resurfaced as well as widened in several areas. The updates are expected to provide even better and more exciting racing as the field of 20 GS and 24 ST class machines take to the track for the Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Rum Bum Racing will have a promoter test day on Thursday as well as two practice sessions on Friday to dial in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche on the renovated circuit. A 15-minute qualifying session will take place Friday evening at 5:10 PM ET. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green on Saturday at 2:05 PM ET.

The race will be carried LIVE on IMSA.com and will re-air on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, August 31 at 10:00 AM ET.

Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for updates! As always, live timing and scoring is available throughout the weekend at www.imsa.com.

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Input Needed For National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

NOAA Fisheries recently held a National Town Hall Meeting in Mid July as well as several webinars seeking input on the development of the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy. Put into action by Eileen Sobeck at the 2014 National Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit, the policy aims to create a clear statement on operating guidelines in regards to managing recreational fisheries. While this will not be a silver bullet to fix many of the current fisheries management issues facing recreational fisheries, the policy will institutionalize the agency’s commitment to recreational fishing as well as provide guidance during the decision making process. TBF’s Advocacy Center will develop full comments in the upcoming weeks and comments on this important policy are due in September.

To read the policy fact sheet, click here.

To read the discussion guide, which serves as a valuable tool when generating both in-person and comment submissions, click here.

To comment on particular portions of the policy, click here.

To see the Town Hall schedule and to read the summaries from previous meetings, click here.

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Zoo Miami Commercial 2014 Narrated by Ron Magill

Zoo Miami recently released their latest commercial highlighting all that Zoo Miami has to offer to guests. The commercial highlights all the animal exhibits that will help educate guests on the natural wildlife and show why Zoo Miami is consistently ranked among some of the country’s top zoo’s. The commercial is narrated by Ron Magill and was produced and shot by Rum Bum Film & HD Studios. Directed by Bill Hofmann and Cinematography by Michael Zoyes.

For more info please visit the following:

www.rumbumstudios.com

www.zoomiami.org

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Road America Roller Coaster for Rum Bum Racing

Elkhart Lake, Wis. (9 August 2014) – In a day that saw Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing team fight hard from the back of the pack all the way up to lead the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in the closing laps on Saturday, the stars did not align for the Rum Bum squad as a ball joint failure took the team out while running third with three laps to go.

It was a heartbreaking day for the team and its drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi who had been welcomed to the classic Road America circuit by a large contingent of Rum Bum Racing fans – family and friends of Jennifer Bacardi who calls Wisconsin home. A brilliant effort by the team came up just a few laps short of taking a fourth consecutive podium finish at the 4-mile road course.

Longhi opened the race from the fourth row and moved up to seventh in his stint, which included a longer yellow flag period for a multi-car crash in the ST category before opening a long green flag run. Longhi pitted the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 40 minutes into the 2.5-hour race for fuel, tires and a driver change as he handed the car over to Plumb to take to the checkered flag.

As Plumb took to the track, the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche was not handling perfectly and he took to pit road with 1 hour and 25 minutes remaining for the crew to check out the car. The crew topped off the No. 13 with fuel and upon returning to the fray, Plumb ran 18th in line.

When a full course caution was displayed with an hour remaining, Plumb ran 16th and crew chief Joe Varde called him to pit lane for fuel and left side tires. The strategy call to take left side tires as well as a perfectly executed stop by the Rum Bum crew saw the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche leapfrog up the order to run second at the restart.

“I come out and they tell me I’m in second – it was crazy,” said Plumb. “But I’ve come to expect this from these guys because when we have issues when things go wrong, everybody just gets together and gets it done.”

The field went back to green with 40 minutes remaining and veteran sportscar racer Plumb pounced in Turn 3 to take over the race lead. As a gaggle of cars behind fought for position, Plumb was able to extend a one-second gap over the field.

A third full course yellow came out just laps later and as Plumb led the field back to green with 25 minutes to go, the No. 13 Porsche was at the disadvantage with the big V8 engined muscle cars in hot pursuit.

Making the most of his track position and momentum, as well as car placement, Plumb fought to hold on to the point.

Both the Rum Bum team and the fans in attendance were on the edge of their seats in what turned out to be a brilliant battle for the lead as Plumb eventually had to give way to the high-horsepower machine.

Despite losing the lead, it looked like Rum Bum Racing would once again taste the spray of champagne on the podium at Road America but it was not meant to be when the ball joint failure presented itself in the final laps.

“Every day that I’m out on a racetrack doing this for a living is fun, so I have to keep that in perspective,” said Plumb. “But not being able to hold position while you’re out there is terribly frustrating. Because you want to do well for the team, the fans, the owners, everybody. We did everything we could to finish well today. We had great pit stops, our driving was good – Nick’s pace was good. But it just is what it is. The good and the bad of the whole thing was – the bad was that we didn’t finish the race due to a part failure. But the good was hopefully from the outside it was incredibly entertaining and it was worth it for everyone that came out and for all of the Bacardi fans and guests here this weekend.”

“The team is just phenomenal,” echoed Longhi. “I just can’t say enough about this team. They never get down, they always keep pushing, no matter the circumstances. It’s frustrating not to have the outright pace to keep up with the Camaros but we did the best we could today and that’s all you can ask for. A big thanks to Luis and Jennifer Bacardi and all of our Rum Bum fans for their support here this weekend.”

Rum Bum Racing will next travel to VIRginia International Raceway August 22-23 for Round 10 of the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.-

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Updated Standings For Annual Tag and Release Competition Announced

Every year, The Billfish Foundation (TBF) recognizes the captains, mates and anglers (including youth and ladies) who tag and release the most billfish in each of the world’s oceans. The competition is categorized by billfish species, ocean, and whether the fish were tagged or released untagged.  Award winners are recognized at TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Awards Ceremony held during the Miami International Boat Show presented by the TBF Tag and Release Sponsors, Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Pelagic, and SIMRAD.

The standings below reflect Tag and Release Cards entered into the TBF Database as of 7/31/2014.

Overall Release Captain

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Manuel Diaz
4 Dean Panos
5 Brad Phillips

Overall Tagging Captain

1 Chris Sheeder
2 Josh Temple
3 Ronnie Fields
4 Francisco Alvarenga
5 David Salazar

Overall Release Angler

1 Pat McCotter
2 John Duvall
3 Bill Easum
4 Keith Brandner
5 Gray Ingram

Overall Tagging Angler

1 Keith Brandner
2 Gray Ingram
3 Darryl Schroeder
4 Alejandro Gonzalez
5 Scott Kozak

Overall Release Lady Angler

1 Joan Verrnon
2 Tiffany Sisolak
3 Martha Macnab
4 Sally Kurz
5 Jocely Ring

Overall Tagging Lady Angler

1 Martha Macnab
2 Dawn Samuels
3 Erika Babikow
4 Lori Schroeder
5 Charlotte Brackmann

Overall Release Youth Angler

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Charles Gaddy
4 Brown Gaddy
5 Katie Davis

Overall Tagging Youth Angler

1 Bo Ingram
2 Nick Brackman
3 Shawn MacMullin
4 Josh Golden
5 Brown Gaddy

Top Tagging Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Bo Ingram
3 Chris Haley
4 Mario Frering
5 Page Robertson

Sailfish

1 Kasey Swan
2 Andy Southwell
3 Kerry Dyer
4 Dawn Samuels
5 Ebby Hall

White Marlin

1 Jefferey Stolarz
2 Jeff Citron

Top Release Angler- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Gray Ingram
2 Bo Ingram
3 Keith English
4 Page Robertson
5 Ryan Covalt

Sailfish

1 Gray Ingram
2 Chris Kubik
3 Andy Southwell
4 Rob DeYoung
5 Eric Castillo

White Marlin

1 Sally Kurz

Top Tagging Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Antonio Amaral
3 Destin Williams
4 Gary Richardson
5 Josinaldo Souza Campos

Sailfish

1 Fin Gaddy
2 Rom Whitaker
3 Bouncer Smith
4 Danny Ford
5 Gary Clifford

Swordfish

1 Mark Pagano

White Marlin

1  Jerry Lanzerotti
2 Greg Hopkins
3 Gary Richardson
4 Antonio Amaral

Top Release Captain- Atlantic Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Ronnie Fields
2 Matt Mauldwin

Sailfish

1 Dean Panos
2 Fin Gaddy
3 Rom Whitaker
4 George Wells
5 Dennis Endee

White Marlin

1 Vj Bell

Top Tagging Angler- Pacific Ocean

Blue Marlin

1 Keith Brandner
2 James Brown
3 Tony Carpenter
4 Ron Kawaja
5. Greg Brander

Sailfish

1 Darryl Schroeder
2 Alejandro Gonzalez
3 Scott Kozak
4 Brent Kitson
5 David Glidden

Striped Marlin

1 Martha Macnab
2 Nick Brackmann
3 Blake Quinn
4 John “Jack” Duvall
5 Gary Robertson

Top Release Angler- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Barry Alty

Blue Marlin

1 Pat McCotter
2 Keith Brander
3 James Brown
4 Tony Carpenter
5 Joan Vernon

Sailfish

1 Bill Easum
2 John Duvall
3 Keith Brandner
4 Scott Kozak
5 Pat McCotter

Striped Marlin

1 John “Jack” Duvall
2 Chris Bays
3 Steve Slawkin
4 Martha Macnab

Top Tagging Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Tim Richardson

Blue Marlin

1 Josh Temple

Sailfish

1 Chris Sheeder
2 Francisco Alvarenga
3 David Salazar
4 Nicho Alvarenga
5 Richard Chellemi

Striped Marlin

1 Jaime Gonzalez
2 Sean Holden
3 Tony Araiza
4 Carl Schloederer
5 Bernabe Ruiz

Top Release Captain- Pacific Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Brett Alty
2 Tim Richardson

Blue Marlin

1 Pete Rae
2 Josh Temple
3 Chris Bays
3 Bubba Carter
4 BC Angel

Sailfish

1 Manuel Diaz
2 Brad Phillips
3 Josh Temple
4 Bubba Carter
5 Skeet Warden

Striped Marlin

1 Chris Bays
2 Eduardo Cesena Burgoin
3 Pablo Cesena
4 Carlos Ruiz
5 Rafeal (Cha Cha) Sanchez

Top Tagging Angler – Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Chee Meng Yap
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Peter Nagle

Sailfish

1 Jo-Ann Riley
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Steve Palumbo
4 Geoff Ellens
5 Soolyman Sportfishing

Top Tagging Captain- Indian Ocean

Black Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bernard Vale
3 Scott MacGowan
4 Ross Newton
5 John Pearce

Blue Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Ross Newton
3 Bernard Vale

Sailfish

1 Jourdain Ellens
2 Scott MacGowan
3 Rolly Pierre
4 Terence Farrell
5 Eddy Lawler

Striped Marlin

1 Eddy Lawler
2 Bryan Matiba

Youth Tag Divisions

8 and under

1 Brown Gaddy
2 Charles Gaddy
3 Caden Alexander

13 – 15

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin
3 Patrick Haley
4 Greer Beasley

16 – 17

1 Nick Brackmann

Youth Release Divisions

8 and under

1 Charles Gaddy

13 – 15

1 Bo Ingram
2 Shawn MacMullin

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Rum Bum Racing Targets Three in a Row at Road America

Orlando, Fla. (5 August 2014) – Road America is a classic and historic road course and is considered by many to be the best venue for road racing in North America. For Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing and its drivers Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb, the track is a favorite on the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race schedule – and not just because it is one at which Rum Bum has been particularly successful.

In three years of competing at the 4-mile iconic Road America circuit, Rum Bum’s Longhi and Plumb have stood on the podium every time. The group won the previous two events at the track while competing in the GRAND-AM Series and will go for three in a row on Saturday. Last year’s race came down to fuel strategy and a brilliant call from crew chief Joe Varde saw the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche take the victory on fumes.

The 2013 Road America win helped the team to secure the IMSA Championship title last year and the group hopes that another positive result at the Wisconsin road course will add to the team’s championship pursuit this year.

As the 2012 & 2013 IMSA GS Champions, Rum Bum Racing knows what it takes to win the title. While outright pace is important, many races are often won by good strategy – which is something Rum Bum Racing is known for. A venerable group of team members combine to provide a championship caliber platform.

Rum Bum Racing has been a championship contender all season long, but the squad took a hit in the previous Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Engine troubles took the No. 13 car out early leaving Rum Bum unable to collect the highly valuable and sought after championship points.

The Florida-based team now sits third in the championship, 30 points out of the lead. A third consecutive Road America victory would be a welcome championship boost as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge enters its final run of four races.

“It was a very big setback in the championship for us to score nothing in Indy, but we’ve seen this thing go down to the wire every year so the last thing we are doing is calling it done,” said Plumb. “With Road America being pretty much a second home for this team, there is no better place to get back on the good-luck train. Jennifer (Bacardi) has so many friends and family that come out for the weekend, it’s always a lot of fun. Hopefully we can have the same kind of race results we’ve had there before, as we will need to go ‘all in’ for every race from here on out and just see where things land.”

Rum Bum Racing has extra incentive to win at Road America as the team travels to Jennifer Bacardi’s home state. Longhi and Plumb are always welcomed with a large contingent of Rum Bum family, friends, and fans at the track who would love nothing more than to celebrate in Road America victory lane for the third consecutive year.

It will be a quick two-day race event for Rum Bum Racing who will take part in two practice sessions as well as qualifying on Friday. The 2.5-hour Continental Tire Road Race Showcase goes green Saturday at 12:15 PM Central Time and can be viewed LIVE on www.imsa.com.

The race will be televised on Sunday, August 17 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Rum Bum Racing Dealt Disappointment in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (25 July 2014) – Rum Bum Racing had been hoping to kiss the bricks at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge visited the iconic track for Round 8 of the championship, but instead, the team was kissed with bad luck with a disappointing race weekend at the Brickyard.

The Florida-based squad unloaded off the trailer with confidence for the quick two-day event with drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longi, the defending IMSA champions. Thursday saw two practice sessions ahead of qualifying and the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche posted the seventh and eighth quickest times of the sessions, respectively.

Looking to secure a solid starting spot for the race around the Brickyard in qualifying Thursday afternoon, the No. 13 Porsche was unable to complete a flying lap due to contact early in the session. The damage was enough to keep the car from making a qualifying run and the team went to work Thursday night to make repairs.

Longhi was ready to make big moves through the field in Friday’s 2.5-hour race before turning the car over to Plumb, but unfortunately the race day ended early for the team. After just one lap of running, the motor on the No. 13 let go and Longhi was forced to pull the car off track.

“First off, a shout out to our friend Jackie who is battling a health issue, I’m sorry we were not able to entertain her longer today and we are out so early,” said Plumb, who serves as both driver and Team Manager for Rum Bum Racing. “This is tough. Luck is a funny thing—when you’ve got it, you’ve got it. But we’ve been in a rough patch the last two races. It’s hard, the Rum Bum guys rebuilt the car after the incident at Mosport to be ready for this weekend and then after the incident in qualifying, we had to put a lot of work into the car again so this is really disappointing. I hate it for Luis (Bacardi) and for all the effort this team has put in. But we’ll be ready to go again for Jennifer’s (Bacardi) home race and really will be looking to get back on the good luck train up there.”

Rum Bum Racing next heads to Road America in two weeks and the 2012 & 2013 championship-winning team will look to go for its third consecutive win at the historic road course.

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Rum Bum Racing Looks for Points in Indianapolis

Orlando, Fla. (23 July 2014) – Racing at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always special, but for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing, nothing would be more special than kissing the Speedways’ famous bricks with a victory in Friday’s Brickyard Sports Car Challenge (fans can watch live atwww.imsa.com).

Since debuting in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in 2010, Rum Bum Racing has amassed 25 podium results – including 15 wins – on 13 different circuits. But one place the team has yet to experience the sweet spray of champagne is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Drivers Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb would love nothing more than to change that fact as the duo are set to once again share the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche in Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix.

Rum Bum Racing currently sits second in the championship standings just six points out of the lead. And with just five more races on the 2014 schedule, positive performances through the rest of the season will be key to winning the organization’s third consecutive IMSA championship title.

When the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in 2012, Rum Bum Racing finished a disappointing 12th after being hit hard by another competitor late in the race. Last year, the group rallied to a fifth place finish after an ill-timed caution period followed a pit stop and caught the team out. Despite the setback, the team fought back to a fifth place finish.

While both Longhi and Plumb have experience on the Indianapolis road course, this year’s race sees the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge field take on a slightly reconfigured circuit as all the teams will be looking to learn the new course and quickly get up to speed.

“The team did a great job to turn the car around from Mosport after we got tangled up in that last lap crash,” said Plumb. “We’ve had mixed luck here at the Speedway so hopefully we can stay out of trouble and bring home some more points. It’s a new track in a way with the revised layout, so Nick and I are eager to get out there and see what we can learn in practice for the race.”

Over the previous seven races this year, Rum Bum Racing has remained a championship contender with six top-10 results to their credit which included a win at Lime Rock Park and a third place podium finish at Watkins Glen. Plumb and Longhi have established themselves as leading players in the Championship, with the Rum Bum squad also having proved to be one that can never be counted out.

As the team looks for valuable points toward the championship, a win at Indy would position the squad well for the final run of four races.

Rum Bum Racing will take part in two practice sessions on Thursday ahead of qualifying which takes place at 3:30 PM ET. The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge will go green at 2:35 PM ET on Friday and will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com.

Follow @RumBumRacing on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend. Live timing and scoring can be found at www.imsa.com.

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EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE is now available on Video on Demand at Comcast, Verizon and Cox Channels.

EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE is now available on Video on Demand at Comcast, Verizon and Cox Channels.

“EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE”: When Raul, a tow truck driver with a secret car thief habit, builds a network to fence his stolen goods, his criminal net worth explodes. As Raul and his friends get deeper into the sexy drug fueled nightlife, it sets off a series of events that begin to dismantle his criminal ring. On the quest for a big score, Raul makes choices that have unexpected outcomes affecting everyone around him including the love of his life. Director: Jokes Yanes. Executive Producer: Jorgea Hernando.

“It is wilder and crazier than anything you might have imagined” Miami
Herald, Rene Rodriguez.

Check your local listings.

Produced by Rum Bum Film & HD Studios in collaboration with BV Productions.

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Rum Bum Racing Takes Top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ontario (12 July 2014) – When Rum Bum Racing entered Round 7 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the team knew it had its work cut out for them.

But Rum Bum Racing was ready to rise to the challenge and used the typically prudent Joe Varde strategy to the best of their ability in order to make up ground in the race. The team’s strategy nearly worked out perfectly for the Rum Bum Racing squad, but an ill-timed caution period saw the team unable to capitalize on track position. The group came home ninth in the end, but not for lack of effort.

Nick Longhi started the race from 14th on the grid and moved up to 11th during the opening run as he kept the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche clean through the traffic of 47 cars on track. When the strategy call came for Longhi to pit just 37 minutes into the race, he took to pit road for a routine stop of fuel and fresh sticker Continental Tires, and handed the car over to Matt Plumb.

Plumb emerged 20th in the order and a lap down to the leaders. Right on the tail of the second place Camaro of Matt Bell, Plumb drove hard in an attempt to get his lap back. Unfortunately, the race went under full course caution before Plumb could work his way ahead of the leading Camaro machines and he was forced to wait for the “wave by” under the caution which would return him to the lead lap.

Once the No. 13 Porsche was allowed to pass the pace car and return to the lead lap under yellow, the race was about to go back to green. Plumb hustled the Porsche to its limits as he tried to catch back up to the rear end of the GS field, but the race went green while he was still among the ST class field in 18th place in class.

Plumb steadily worked his way forward through a green flag run and pitted with 54 minutes remaining in the race for left side tires and fuel. He returned to the track 15th in line in need of a yellow flag to bunch the field back up.
That full course caution came with 50 minutes to go and Varde radioed to the team that they were “back in the ball game.” Once several of the other competitors had made their final pit stops under the yellow, Plumb found himself restarting from the ninth position. The race went back to green for about seven minutes and Plumb had worked his way forward into the seventh position before another full course caution slowed the field.

A final restart came with less than 20 minutes to go and as Plumb fought for race pace, he slotted into eighth through the final laps. It looked like Plumb would take eighth at the checkered flag until contact just ahead of the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche in the final corner saw the Porsche machine hit from the side and forced into the inside concrete wall. Plumb limped the damaged car across the finish line to earn ninth place points.

“I came out (after the first pit stop) a lap down on four sticker tires and I couldn’t get by the Camaros who were racing on 40-lap old tires, so that was a bit depressing I have to admit,” said Plumb. “We’re fighting an uphill battle right now, but we’re trying to just get as many points as possible as we can right now. We’re still in this championship and we’re going to fight hard in every race from here on out. Joe Varde always has the right strategy calls and today we just got a bit unlucky. But we’ll go on to the next one and work just as hard as we did this weekend.”

“Had there not been that ill-timed yellow, we were looking pretty good,” added Longhi. “Matt (Plumb) drove the wheels off of the car. We just tried to minimize the damage in the uphill battle we have with the rules and the extra weight of the car. The Rum Bum team performed flawlessly today and we did the best we could with what we had.”

Rum Bum Racing will be back in race action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in two weeks. The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event will be televised on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, July 20 at 10:00 AM ET.

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MusX music social sharing app launches with Saliva as “Featured Artist”

Saliva has recently joined MusX to become one of the “Featured Artist” on MusX iOS application available for download on the iTunes store. See what people are saying about the application below:

“musx: what Twitter #music should have been.” -InTheCaptal

“musx is like Instagram for music… Why the hell didn’t anyone think of this before?” -Cult of Mac

“musx’s emphasis on social is something that Pandora, Rdio and Beats Music can’t match.” -TUAW

ABOUT MUSX:

musx is an iOS application for sharing music with friends and exploring the latest recommendations of your hand-picked sources. For artists, venues, and bloggers, musx provides a direct way to engage music fans when and where they want music. musx sources YouTube and SoundCloud’s open libraries, providing broad access to music ranging from the most popular music videos of yesterday to yet-to-be discovered independent artists and remixes. More information and a quick walkthrough can be found on their website: www.musx.com.

 

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MusX music social sharing app launches with Saliva as “Featured Artist”

Saliva has recently joined MusX to become one of the “Featured Artist” on MusX iOS application available for download on the iTunes store. See what people are saying about the application below:

“musx: what Twitter #music should have been.” -InTheCaptal

“musx is like Instagram for music… Why the hell didn’t anyone think of this before?” -Cult of Mac

“musx’s emphasis on social is something that Pandora, Rdio and Beats Music can’t match.” -TUAW

ABOUT MUSX:

musx is an iOS application for sharing music with friends and exploring the latest recommendations of your hand-picked sources. For artists, venues, and bloggers, musx provides a direct way to engage music fans when and where they want music. musx sources YouTube and SoundCloud’s open libraries, providing broad access to music ranging from the most popular music videos of yesterday to yet-to-be discovered independent artists and remixes. More information and a quick walkthrough can be found on their website: www.musx.com.

 

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Rum Bum Racing Ready for CTMP Debut

Orlando, Fla. (8 July 2014) – Fresh from a well-fought podium finish at Watkins Glen, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing will return to IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition as the team is set to make its first-ever race start at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this Saturday. Drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi will share the driving duties in the IMSA championship-leading No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911 as the series stages Round 7 of the 2014 championship.

The track, long known as “Mosport” ahead of its recent revival and rejuvenation under a new ownership group, is a 2.5-mile natural terrain circuit set some two hours outside of Toronto with some blazing speeds and dauntingly quick corners. While the visit to the venerable facility is the first for Rum Bum Racing as a group, the team has a deep roster of experience at the track that the championship squad will look to convert into another stout points performance North of the border.


After not having the outright pace to race to the front of the pack, the Watkins Glen round saw Rum Bum Racing pull a page out of their playbook to use an alternate fuel strategy to move the car up to third at the finish. The result sees the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche now locked into a tie for the championship lead as the team looks to score an unprecedented third consecutive team title.

While the weekend is the first visit to the track for the team, the drivers have both seen many laps and some champagne showers to boot, with Longhi having raced everything from Porsches to Mustangs in Speedvision Cup to Rolex Sports Car Series competition through the years.

Plumb also brings a winning pedigree to the event, having taken a victory in World Challenge competition at the track as well as scoring an IMSA Continental Tire podium in 2008. Rum Bum Racing scored its second-ever (on the way to 15 so far) victory in 2010 when the IMSA category raced at Trois-Rivieres, and will look to make the Canadian venture another successful one.

“It has been a while since we raced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park—so long that it was called something else the last time we were there!” joked Plumb. “It’s a very fun track for the drivers and an equally big challenge to get the most out of every lap. Getting back to the podium at the Glen was down to the genius of Joe (Varde) more than anything else and it would be great to keep this momentum up after winning at Lime Rock and then a podium the last two races. We know that we’ve got to take whatever we can points-wise out of every weekend so that’s the goal again for this weekend.”

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