I’m still “reeling” after a week’s worth of Bluefin Blowout events. You could not ask for a better collection of people to be gathered in one place for the sake of raising a ton of money for a cause near and dear to the hearts of so many….and certainly theirs. The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and tournament founders, Drew Hale and Rob Bouley, have gathered an incredible array of generous sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, donors, and Captains and Crews...that also happen to rival the most fun of any guest list I challenge you to find!! With a massive amount of heart, passion, and determination they (most certainly Cidalia Schwartz and Kruti Kansara) have created an event that grows exponentially each year. It’s success can surely be measured in the amount of money raised for the Alzheimer’s Association…. at least $320,000 this year and close to $500,000 in just two years alone (not to mention the 6 previous years) ….but, also in the giant laughs, amazing memories, and gratitude that all involved feel for being a part of it. This amazing group, led by none other than Warren Waugh, inspire everyone to make a difference. I am continuously in awe of what happens when these people gather together under the tent…and I am humbled to watch them through my lens. Warren remains, to me, the epitome of “Those who give, gather” and I am thankful for the opportunity to be on the periphery of the magic as it happens.
This year’s tournament consisted of 67 boats and brought in 14 fish.
Then winning boat, with a 560 pound bluefin, was the Reel Easy. They took home a check for $62,800, a BMW from BWM Peabody for one year, and many other prizes. Second place went to The Lady M with a 500 pound fish and 3rd place went to the Painkiller and their 432 pounder. The Painkiller actually caught a second fish on Saturday and that one weighed in at 368 pounds.
Also on the board were the Karen Lynn, the Lady J., Gypsea, Lion’s Den, Shark Bait, the Frigate, Tonno, Fair Warning, Kelly Ann, and Tuna Taxi with fish weighing in between 410 and 186 pounds.
A record breaking amount of prize money was awarded to the winning boat…..and a record breaking amount of money was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association.