Stan Miller Yachts

15th Annual SMY Invitational Results

2017 15th Annual SMY Invitational Recap and Winners:

The 15th Annual Stan Miller Yachts Invitational, presented by Viking and Hatteras, was held September 8th -10th out of Basin Marine in Newport Beach. We had a great group of anglers and boats participating this year!

This year the Invitational featured twenty six boats and over 125 anglers competing. Prizes were at stake for Yellowfin, Dorado, Tuna and Marlin (release), as well as top Lady Angler and top Junior Angler. An overall Top Boat prize was also at stake – and rights to have your name on the SMY Invitational perpetual trophy!

Teams met up Friday night at the Captains’ Dinner at Basin Marine, where the group reviewed the tournament rules and enjoyed some great food and drink (including some great wine, courtesy of Cholame Vineyard!). Peter J was on site with his gorgeous fish art. After socializing (and a little shopping), most people made an early night of it, in order to get ahead on their fishing.

Unlike 2016, there was pretty good variety in the fishing, with anglers catching all of the species represented in the tournament.  Five marlin were released, and we had catches in dorado, yellowtail and tuna.

On Sunday, Tournament participants and their families enjoyed dinner and drinks and shared some good fishing stories. Between the tournament prizes, raffle and radio prizes, no one went home empty-handed!  

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, including our major sponsors: Viking, Hatteras, Basin Marine, Quinn Power Systems, Simrad, Cousins Tackle and Cholame Vineyard.

For photos of the SMY Invitational, check out our Facebook page and Instagram!

2017 Stan Miller Yachts Invitational Results:

TOP BOAT: Allure – 72’ Elliott – Registered Anglers: Gary Charlesworth, Michael Hahn, Jeff Gabel, Chad Herren, David Lauer and Gary Arbogast

Marlin (Release):

1st place: 50’ Pacifica - BULL PEN – Will Derrick 

2nd place: 35’ Cabo FB - SWAGGER – Elaine Valmassoi (her first fish - ever!)

3rd place:  44’ Pacifica - KEA KAI – Charlie Albright


1st Place: 72’ Elliott - ALLURE – Gary Arbogast – 140.1 lbs

2nd Place: 65’ Viking - NEVER SAY NEVER – Bill Vander Poel – 32.29 lbs

No additional fish submitted

1st Place:  72’ Elliott - ALLURE – Mike Hahn – 8.4 lbs

2nd Place: 39’ Tiara - SURLY MERMAID – Nick Johnson – 5.76 lbs

3rd Place: 60’ Bertram - NUEVO – Jay Lescoulie – 5.14 lbs

1st Place: 72’ Elliott - ALLURE – Mike Hahn – 9.85 lbs

2nd Place: 28’ Parker Pilothouse - EL VAQUERO – Augie Gonazalez – 4.43 lbs

No additional fish submitted

Top Junior Angler: Blake Woods of 54’ Hatteras BRAIN STORM

Top Lady Angler: Elaine Valmassoi of 35’ Cabo SWAGGER