The Gulf of Mexico is alive with life, says Capt. Rene Bonneval, skipper of C-Ya, a custom sportfisher currently holding third place in the Classic. C-Ya weighed in a 536-pound blue last night just before the scales closed.

“It’s ideal conditions out there,” Bonneval said. “There is a ton of bait in the Green Canyon. The water temperature is 84 degrees and there are skipjack tuna, blackfin and small yellowfin tuna everywhere, plus tons of flying fish. The water is calm and the fish are really chewin’.”