The Buccaneer Cup



Tournament Dates – January 19 – 21, 2017

 The 54th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament is right around the corner and the excitement is building. Boats from all over Florida and the East Coast are prepping for the event and with cold fronts scheduled to hit summer-like South Florida in the days prior to the tournament the fishing should be red hot!

You can still enter at the Captains Meeting at Sailfish Marina between 4 – 6 PM on January 19th. Remember, every penny raised by this tournament is donated to the Recreational Fishing Alliance (

The Captains Meeting will be held at Sailfish Marina this year due to circumstances beyond our control, but it will include the usual food, open bar, music and fun. It will be held on January 19 with onsite entry, registration and Calcutta entry starting at 4 PM at Sailfish Marina. Fishing days are January 20 and 21 and you can leave from and return to Lake Worth or Jupiter Inlets. The complete rules can be reviewed on the tournament website. The gala awards dinner will be held at the Sailfish Club of Florida starting with the open bar at 7 PM and a full seafood buffet dinner shortly thereafter. There will be a silent auction that includes some of the finest in fishing tackle, marine art, baskets of cheer and more. A free water taxi will be available from Sailfish Marina for tournament participants or you can drive to the club. If you have questions please contact Gary Caputi (732-740-9982) or Courtney Bowden (561-909-7868)


The digital Buc Cup News & Tournament Program is now available here on the tournament website and on our Facebook Page. Click the cover above to read it on your computer browser or device. It includes the tournament schedule, rules and articles about the tournament, our sponsors, last year’s winners and more. You don’t want to miss out on it even if you’re not entering the tournament. It’s a great read.




53rd Buccaneer Cup Recap

This year the toughest of the tough competed against each other and the weather in the 53rd Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. The field of 20 boats set out on Friday, January 22 in rough seas and rain and if that wasn’t bad enough the west wind on Saturday was blowing a gale throughout the day! Even in the face of severe conditions fish were caught by a group of the most hardcore tournament fishermen you’ll find anywhere!

“The big story this year was the weather surrounding the tournament. Fishing had been slow the weeks prior to the tournament, but the days leading up to it saw the first significant cold fronts of the year red hot fishing. Interest in the tournament was high, but the evening of the captains meeting at the Buccaneer Marina Restaurant the weather forecast for the two fishing days was deteriorating rapidly, which kept participation down. The boats that fished had had their hands full and really tested their boats, equipment and crews. They earned the respect of everyone associated with the event.”
– Gary Caputi, Tournament Director

Day One

The lead changed almost with every release called in to the radio room high atop the Jupiter Beach Spa and Resort where Penthouse Paulie was manning the official tournament channel. De-Bait-Able started the day off with the first sailfish trolling, which was quickly followed by Daryl Deka’s 39’ Contender, Doin’ It All/Hard Way, calling in a double on live bait. The bite was slow, but consistent and by afternoon the lead was changing hands between three boats. The day ended with Tuna Tango, Della Ann and Intents in a three-way tie for first place release points.

Day Two

Day two started off at 8:32 with a release by the 70’ Bertram, Kathy Jo, owned by Lewis Lakin and captained by John Millroy, a boat that didn’t have a single release on day one. It wouldn’t be the last we’d heard from this team as they trolled in rough seas nine miles off the beach and well north of tournament headquarters at Sailfish Marina.

Tuna Tango and Miss Annie called in fish shortly thereafter, but Kathy Jo had found a pod of fish and they were capitalizing on their good fortune. They called in a single at 9:22 and then two doubles, the first round 11:00 and the second just before 11:30 followed by singles at 12:30 and 1:00, which was enough to seal the deal as the competition continued scratching and clawing their way through heavy seas and winds trying to add to their totals.

The Awards Dinner Highlights

The awards dinner at the historic Sailfish Club of Florida saw a lot of very tired, battered and bruised fishermen who gathered for a top-flight seafood buffet, open top-shelf bar, a silent auction and some camaraderie where the beautiful Buccaneer Cup awards were presented.

Here are the highlights of the awards dinner:

  • The Kathy Jo team took the trophies for 1st Place Boat, most points overall, most points on dead bait and won the charity Calcutta for a free entry into the 54th Buccaneer Cup along with Calcutta money totaling $95,900!
  • Skipper John Millroy was presented with the InTheBite Top Captain trophy.
  • The 2nd Place Boat award was secured by Tuna Tango with Della Ann placing third.
  • Top Angler honors went to David Cash of the Della Ann, 2nd Place was Tony Huerta of the  Tuna Tango and 3rd was Chris Manetta on the Old No. 7, who also received beautiful Buccaneer loving cups.
  • Tournament Top Lady Angler was Tamara Slayton on the Reel Candy, who also took home the Biggest Fish award for a 31.5 lb. blackfin tuna caught on Saturday.

While dead bait trollers dominated the tournament this time around the kite flyers caught fish, too. Old No. 7 took the $5000 tournament cash and cup for the most points on live bait and a tidy check for several live bait categories. (Click Live Scoring Tab for complete results)

Special Thanks To

Thanks to all the people who helped make the Buccaneer Cup and the donation of all the tournament proceeds to the Recreational Fishing Alliance possible, most notably event manager Courtney Bowden.

Our onsite accountant/statistician Tom Trageser was invaluable and the work of the International Game Fish Tournament Observers proved indispensable.

Thanks also to Capt. Paul Pietreska, Terry O’Neill and Craig Murphy for a great job handling the radio room and recording the scoring as it happened, which was presented live via the Reel Time Scoring App.

Our Gracious Sponsors

A huge debt of gratitude goes to our corporate sponsor/partners which include:

Florida Detroit
Johnson &
HMY Yacht
Yamaha Jarrett Bay Boatworks Ocean Properties, Ltd. Viking Yacht Company
Jupiter Beach Spa & Resort Salt Life Optics Contender Boats Release Marine
American Custom Yachts SeaKeeper Interlux Yacht Finishes Cummins Power Systems
Hi-Seas Fishing Line Viking Service Center Maxel Reels Palm Beach Towers
American Fishing Wire Bimini Bay Outfitters Bausch American Towers Reel Time Apps
Bahama Boat Works Tsunami Tackle Sailfish Marina