Hot Rod Roars Into Winner’s Circle
John Peelman and Team Hot Rod know what it takes to win. The Fresno, California angler and his veteran crew adapted to difficult conditions and brought the winning fish to the scales Friday afternoon to earn top honors in the 2015 Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament. The 409-pound blue marlin, caught on a live skipjack bridled on the downrigger 70 feet below the hot surface, was worth $366,531. The total purse in this year’s 61-boat event, which was sponsored by Pelagic High Performance Offshore Gear, was nearly $508,000.