Points, Not Pounds
Fishing in the World Billfish Series Grand Championship, Davis Clapp was fortunate not to land any big ones.
“I got lucky I didn’t find a 400-pounder,” said the Seattle native now living in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Because his release of a small blue marlin was 6 minutes before Brooks Smith’s striped marlin release, Clapp, 49, won the event held in the Pacific off Costa Rica.
In many events nowadays, points rule, not pounds. While the billfishing was admittedly off from just the week before, not having long battles gives competitors more time to rack up points.
“They were little rats, 150 pounds maybe, nothing big,” Clapp said. “I hooked one a couple of years ago that weighed between 700 and 800 pounds. That’s a really bad fish to catch. I fought it for two-and-a-half hours. That’s not what you want in a tournament.
“Consistency and having a high percentage, that’s how you win tournaments.”