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Richmond Hill man wins world-renowned fishing tournament

Bill Donahue, second from left (Source: The Ford Plantation) Bill Donahue, second from left (Source: The Ford Plantation)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Richmond Hill man has recently won first place at the 30th annual Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournament. The distinguished tournament is held in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico.

Ford Plantation resident Bill Donahue and his team "Rehab" caught a 560 pound Black Marlin on the first day of the tournament and a 347 pound Black Marlin on the last day of the tournament. The team, who also includes angler John Stonecipher and Captain Mark Hennessey, will now head to the 2011 IGFA Off-Shore World Championship in Cabo San Lucas.

"On the first day of the tournament, we were thrilled when we brought in the 560-lb. black marlin, until another boat brought in a 599-lb. black marlin," said Donahue in a news release. "Then we just knew that this was going to be a very competitive and great tournament. On the third day, the majority of boats took off in the Gordo Banks area that had been consistently producing. But we decided to stay about three miles offshore, which paid off and secured our first place position."

A total of 103 boats from around the world competed for the $2 million top prize. The winner is determined by the highest total weight of blue and black Marlins weighing over 300 pounds. Teams also received extra points for a successful catch and release of Marlins under the size limit.

"This fishing tournament was truly the experience of a lifetime," Donahue said in a news release. "I'm honored to compete against some of the finest fishermen in the world."

For more information about the fishing tournament, visit www.bisbees.com. For more information on the Ford Plantation, visit www.fordplantation.com/fordplantation/Index.aspx.

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