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At the 2016 Miami Boat Show, Marina Cap Cana and The Billfish Foundation hosted a special Facebook contest with the big winner scoring an all-expenses-paid trip to go fish the Cap Cana White Marlin Tournament.

If you spotted somebody wearing a neon yellow TBF hat at the Miami Boat Show you simply took a photo with them, posted it on Marina Cap Cana’s Facebook page and then your friends voted on the picture. Getting Facebook “likes” was not a problem for Regina who works for FishTrack and Buoyweather. A month later she got the call that she had won.

Game day came and upon entering the Marina Cap Cana property Gallant was astonished at the size and beauty of the resort. There were endless views of beautiful waterfront restaurants, clubs, swimming pools and gorgeous boats.

Gallant got to fish with the Dhara Fishing Charters team from Puerto Rico, including JJ the owner, Capt. Darin Chafin and crew. Fishing started off a little rough with 4- to 6-foot seas and some 8-foot bombs heading out of the inlet.

Regina and crew headed north using FishTrack’s Current and Chlorophyll charts. Dhara scored lots of action including a double-header of tuna, mahi and marlin. During the double header Gallant had to switch positions several times to keep the lines clear. By the end of the day Dhara was sitting in second place.

All apprehension of whether Gallant knew how to fish for marlin was diminished when she hooked the first billfish of the tournament, a white marlin! Gallant attributes much of her marlin fighting techniques from fishing with light-tackle expert Gary Carter, aboard Silver-Rod-O in Costa Rica.

Several of the top boats on the circuit competed in the 2016 White Marlin tournament with teams coming from Florida, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands and the Dominican Republic.

Conditions were rough and fishing a little slow but the crew on Dhara pulled out all the stops to make sure they were competitive. The spread was flawless and the experienced crew kept them in the running.

Marina Cap Cana has quickly become one of the top fishing destinations in the world. It offers traveling crews first-class accommodations and it’s just a short ride from the marina to one of the hottest blue and white marlin bites in the Caribbean.