The 2016 Big Game Battle was a true success in many ways. The offshore weather conditions were extremely challenging for many boats with only 4-5 boats staying out overnight and fishing the canyons. One of the best out reach emails the first day of fishing was:
“Team BGB, For those of you that didn’t make it offshore, we’re headed to Cisco to talk about how lucky the fish are that we’re not crushing them right now. Misery loves company. Please join us.”
Offshore or on land the spirit of this special group would not be held back!
While the numbers of fish caught was on the low side your generosity for JDRF was off the charts raising $340,000.00! Thank you! An amazing accomplishment for the charity and Lashar family. With Lilly’s introduction at the Captain’s meeting there was not one dry eye around the docks to the family presentation at the banquet—these are memories that will stay with all of us for years to come.
Lilly – you are a true champion and a leader that many will benefit from in the future. As promised “Lilly we will always have your back!” from all of us at the Big Game Battle.
Overall catch totals
Blue Fins – 9 Yellow fins—2 Blue Marlins— 1 White Marlins—11 Wahoo—6 Mahi— 41
Big Eyes—3 Swordfish—1 Albacore –7 Giant Blue fins—3 Mako—6
Overall Winners & Division I—”Game On”
Division I – 2nd Place “Trident”
Division I – 3rd Place “J’s at Sea”
Division II – 1st Place “Crab Eyes”
Division II – 2nd Place “Whole Hog”
Division II – 3rd Place “Westlink”
Over Night Challenge – “Trident”
Oyster Harbor Challenge Winners
Team Challenge Winners
1st Place – “Crab Eyes / Trident”
2nd Place -“Pescaria / Game On”
3rd Place – “Trashy Thoughts / Shearwater”
Pay it Forward Award – Kevin White
Kevin Glynn Award – Cliff Rucker
We would like to thank everyone for their involvement again to make this a very special weekend. To all our sponsors, support staff, captains and crews, Nantucket Boat Basin friends, the JDRF Team, among many others, we are truly blessed to have such a unified group that continues to grow over the past 15 years. The friendships and memories will be with us for a life time.
As this season winds down, we wish you the best of luck in the days to come. Please, if you have any photos from this past weekend, could you forward them to us to be used for the website and upcoming newsletters.
Again, thank you for your generosity and commitment to support both the tournament and our charity efforts.
The Tournament Committee
On behalf of all of us at JDRF, I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Big Game Battle community for your incredible generosity in raising more than $340,000 toward our mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. Every day, people living with T1D triumph over the disease in ways that were unimaginable not too long ago. Support like your recent contribution makes this possible and means that JDRF can continue to deliver life-changing treatments and therapies to the T1D community until we find a cure for this devastating disease.
For people who live with T1D, there are no days off, as management of the disease requires complex balancing of food intake, blood testing, exercise, stress management, and insulin injections. Your donation helps to end this daily burden by funding research to develop clinical trials for artificial pancreas systems, beta cell encapsulation devices, new therapies to treat complications, and prevention methods to slow or halt the progression of T1D. Most importantly, your support provides hope that we will create a world without T1D.
We would like to add our special thanks to the tournament committee for choosing JDRF as this year’s charitable partner and to the Lashar family for their leadership in fundraising and willingness to share their story of life with T1D. Together we will be known as the people who cured T1D.
Amy Montalto, JDRF, New England Chapter Executive Director