Congratulations GULF COAST TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPIONS Team Supreme
The 'Chase' is Over as 'Team Supreme' Surges Past Eight Teams
Wins 1st Place Catch & Release at Blue Marlin Grand Championship
Captures 2023 Gulf Coast Triple Crown
For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Cox
The quest to win the 2023 Gulf Coast Triple Crown was more about a 'Chase' than the chase. Captain
Chase Lake and 'Team Supreme'
a 72' Viking from Destin, Florida, entered the final leg of the season-
long competition as the team with the fewest points on the leaderboard. Their third-place finish in
Catch and Release at Biloxi gave them one hundred points through the first three events. Although
they were only one hundred and fifty points behind the current leader, the more significant challenge
was the number of teams ahead of them. Eight teams fishing the Blue Marlin Grand Championship
had more points than them, so they knew they would need an epic weekend to have a chance at the
After not catching a fish on the first afternoon of the tournament, Team Supreme
had a Friday that
owner Allen Krake and crew will never forget. Angler Alex Krake caught six Blue Marlin in nine
hours, releasing five and boating a 113" fish that weighed 475.40 pounds. The five releases
moved Team Supreme
into the Catch and Release lead with one day of fishing remaining. Adding
another Blue Marlin release by Krake on Saturday morning, giving them a total of six for the
tournament, would solidify the win in the Catch and Release division as well as two-hundred and fifty
Gulf Coast Triple Crown points. Their point total of three-hundred and fifty on the season moved them
one hundred points ahead of the nearest competitors.
"I've been fortunate to fish all over the world," said owner Allen Krake. "The captains and crews on
the Northern Gulf Coast are the best of the best. To win the Triple Crown against the competition we
face in every tournament is what makes this such a special accomplishment."
"To win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown and be recognized as the top team among your peers is why we,
as captains and crews, do this," said Captain Chase Lake. "To celebrate with our entire team, where
every member has a job to do, and each job is just as important as the next. Everyone on the boat
constantly works their tails off to give ourselves a chance to get the most bites and catch the most fish,
and this is the payoff for all that hard work."
2017 Gulf Coast Triple Crown winner, Captain Jeff Shoults on the Mollie
, who held the lead heading
into the season finale, presented Team Supreme
with their championship trophy and was proud of his
former deckhand who started working with him when he was only fourteen. "Captain Chase Lake has
elevated himself among the elite captains in the Gulf, and this year showed he is the best among us,"
said Shoults as he grabbed a bottle of champagne and helped celebrate another Destin boat taking the
Chris Bazor of Grander Marine, the Gulf Coast Triple Crown title sponsor, congratulated Team
at the tournament awards ceremony. "As someone who fishes these tournaments, I know
exactly what it takes to compete against these great teams. I am so proud of the season and especially
the weekend Captain Chase and his crew had...to catch six Blue Marlin in one day in the Gulf of
Mexico is something very few boats have ever done. It's a championship well deserved."
as the second Florida boat to win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown. They will
start their defense of the championship next May at The Wharf in Orange Beach when the competition
enters its fourteenth year.
Gulf Coast Triple Crown Standings
TOP 5 POSITIONS
| MGCBC - 3rd Place Catch & Release
BMGC - 1st Place C&R
| OBBC - 1st Place Weighed Blue Marlin - 776.4 lbs.
| OBBC - 1st Place Catch & Release
| MGCBC - 1st Place Catch & Release
| MGCBC - 1st Place Weighed Blue Marlin - 723.7 lbs.
Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and big bucks as well as a serious adrenaline rush, and nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the extremely popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series
The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship
is a multi-Tournament Point Series consisting of 4 Gulf Coast Billfish Tournaments, in which teams accumulate points.
There is no money on the line, but winning the Triple Crown is a priceless achievement. The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion receives not only bragging rights, but is also recognized as the 'best of the best' from their peers and is awarded the highly coveted, custom-made champion's trophy.
2023 GCTC Sanctioned Tournaments: