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May 2017 Update

Although it has been a little bit dreary out – Memorial Day is here, the official kickoff of the summer season! As everyone is putting the final touches on their boats for the summer – we have confirmed fish reports for south of the Cape—striped bass are feeding on squid and herring!

The tournament committee is continuing its efforts to insure the Big Game Battle weekend in Nantucket is a success. With slip reservations confirmed for 50 boats and a 6 boat waiting list we are sure to have another positive turnout. It won’t be long before the first tuna run! For everyone who has reached out to us for input, help, and support we thank you. If you would like to be a tournament sponsor, donate raffle or silent auction items, please contact Don or Jamison O’Neill. Enclosed you will also find our suggested sponsorship donations. The more involvement from all participants we will guarantee another weekend to remember, as continuously quoted “Best weekend of the year!”

BGB17May Newsletter  inside you will find letters from the O’Neill Family and Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund with information about this year’s charity efforts. We are excited to be partnered with The Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute and The Jimmy Fund. We have attached a link that will direct you to our online donations page with instructions on how to donate.

Thank you so much for your charitable efforts, last year was a huge success with the JDRF team and we hope this year will be the same!  
Keep us posted on your early offshore fishing ventures and we wish everyone a successful and safe fishing season. Be sure to Like us on our Facebook Page and on Instagram (@BigGameBattle) for tournament status updates.  Enjoy the start to an awesome summer!

Tight Lines!
The Tournament Committee  
Don O’Neill: 617.877.7842  
Jamison O’Neill: 781.929.6262  
Jeffrey O’Neill 617.877.7841

Wrap Up 2016

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

Whole Hog
Oh Yeah
Game On
Sho Aff
Crab Eyes

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.

Tight Lines

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.

Warmest wishes,
Amy Montalto, JDRF, New England Chapter Executive Director

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Wrap Up 2015

2015 was another banner year offshore with the “weather gods” on our side during the event. Many boats of all sizes were able to run south to the canyons where the water was warm and the fish were were plentiful. I want to thank you for everyone’s involvement in the tournament. All sponsors, donations, and support continue to show your dedication to the Big Game Battle and what we all enjoy “time on the water” and friendships that continue to develop each year.
Congratulations to all winners in the tournament!

“Trashy Thoughts” – Overall Winners

Division I  
1st – Trashy Thoughts
2nd – J’s at seas II
3rd – Brennan’s Grin

Division II
1st – Westlink
2nd – Lillylulu
3rd – Lucky 13

Kevin P. Glynn Award : Kevin Scannell
Jr Angler Award : Hugh McLaughlin Jr
Female Angler Award : Mel McLaughlin

Over Night Challenge : Julia G
Hard Luck Award : Finatic
Best Team Uniforms : Frate Train – Fin & Tonic

Team Challenge Award
1st  – Big Eye / Trashy Thoughts
2nd – J’s At Seas III / Fish & Chip
3rd – Happy Jack / Bad Martha

Oyster Harbors Boat Challenge
Lillylulu , J’s At Seas II, Trashy Thoughts, Castafari, Julia G, Westlink, Rumble, Lucky 13

Overall catch totals for the tournament are below
Blue Fins  – 1
Yellow fins—123
Blue Marlins— 5
White Marlins—31
Mahi— 286
Big Eyes—7
Albacore –7

Our charity efforts once again showed the Big Game Battle’s true colors and generosity to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With the Team pledges, individual donations, team challenge, and silent auction and raffle, I am pleased to announce we raised $67,000.00. Everyone involved in the tournament should be proud of this amazing accomplishment and we hope the moneys raised will contribute to finding a cure for NMSS. Thank you in believing we can make a difference!
Brandon Kelly did an exceptional job leading our charity charge for MS with his touching video with his mother and support committee Steve Sookikian and Christine Flashner. Our hats off to everyone—congratulations!

Special Note from NMSS:

‘The Big Game Battle has a big heart! Thank you for your extremely generous donations to the National MS Society totaling $67,000. That’s an awesome accomplishment and a testament to the depth and strength of your relationships, personal and professional, and the true spirit of the Big Game Battle. Our deepest gratitude to the tournament committee and the others who helped organize the tournament, and to Brandon Kelly, for sharing his family’s story about the unpredictable challenges of living every day with multiple sclerosis. Partnering with the Big Game Battle has been an impressive experience from beginning to end for the National MS Society. Everyone who contributed on any level is to be congratulated.”
— Lori Espino, National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter President

Special Note from Brandon Kelly:

It’s been a few weeks since the most epic weekend of the year, but it’s never too late to say thanks. On behalf of my mother, my entire family and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society I want to thank you all for your amazing support for the event. We raised $67,000 for MS!!!!! I am humbled by all of your generosity and support for this cause. THANK YOU!!!!! The funds that we raised at the BGB will have a huge impact on MS research and supporting people with MS.
I also want to thank the entire Big Game Battle tournament committee team and Chrissy & Steve from the MS Soci-ety for putting in all the hard work to make the tournament yet another success.
Lastly, I want to thank the folks at McElroy Films for stepping up and making the video that we showed to you all at dinner with less than one week’s notice. Thanks Ben and your team for helping share our story with MS!
— Brandon Kelly

A special thanks to our friends at the Nantucket Boat Basin who did another fabulous job accommodating our needs.
Due to the Sail Race Week and the Big Game Battle events going on at the same time at the Boat Basin, we have scheduled next year’s event for August 11—14, 2016. The Wharf Cottages and Dreamland have been reserved for the Big Game Battle. Make sure you save the date and enter early because we will be sold out again.
Thank you again to all the sponsors, donors, and help from many to make this event what it is today.
Tournament Committee

2015 Wrap Up (pdf)

Wrap Up 2014

I want to personally thank everyone for being a part of the 2014 Big Game Battle in Nantucket.
Together, we achieved another memorable event with many stories to tell in the years to come. The 48 boat fleet battled some tough weather conditions with winds reaching over 20 knots and seas exceeding 6 feet but that did not stop us from competing for the cup. The boats that reached the edge at the canyons seem to have the best luck catching a variety of fish stretching their point leads. Congratulations to all the winners in the tournament!

Overall Winner – Sho Aff

Division I
1st – Crab Eyes
2nd – Bad Martha
3rd – Trident

Division II
1st – Sho Aff
2nd – Westlink
3rd – Distraction

Team Challenge
1st – Sho Aff / Bad Martha
2nd – Westlink / Happy Jack
3rd – Oh Yeah / Hook em Dano

Overnight Challenge
1st – Rainmaker
2nd – Reel Estate
3rd—Wroe Boat

Oyster Harbors Awards
Offshore Angler, Miss Kate
Rainmaker, Crab Eyes
Happy Jack , Bad Martha
Something’s Fishy , Sho Aff

In memory of our close friend there was nothing more fitting than when the Kevin P Glynn Award went to his great friend John Galvin. We will all miss Kevin and his spirit will remain with us forever.

This year’s overall totals were down from last year but on the upside there was some significate sized blue marlins caught and one giant blue fin. The following are the total catch results from this years event:

  • Blue Fins – 27
  • Yellow fins—139
  • Blue Marlins— 7
  • White Marlins—5
  • Wahoo—5
  • Mahi— 123
  • Big Eyes—4
  • Mako—4
  • Swordfish—2
  • Albacore –3

Our charity efforts once again showed the Big Game Battle’s true colors and generosity to support the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. With the online donation program “Sharingcounts”, Team pledges, individual donations, team challenge, and auction / raffle, I am pleased to announce we raised $60,000.00. Amazing!
Kevin Scannell did an exceptional job along with the committee team of Bob Scannell, Kristen Nelson, Catarina Maia,, and Tina Miranda. Our hats off to everyone—congratulations !

We continue to try to improve the tournament in order to keep the weekend exciting and something to look forward to each year. There are a few rules we will be reviewing over the winter months that need additional clarification. We pushed the limit on the number of boats this year and will remain at 48 boats or less next tournament. If you have any input and or ideas to strengthen this tournament, please let us know.

A special thanks to our friends at the Nantucket Boat Basin who did another fabulous job accommodating our needs.

Thank you again to all the sponsors, donors, and help from many to make this event what it is today. As a reminder, this tournament is all of ours and with everyone’s involvement, I believe we will continue to have many more Big Game Battle’s to look forward too.
We wish you the best of luck the remainder of the boating season, and hope to see you around the docks this fall.
Tournament Committee

2014 Big Game Battle Wrapup Newsletter