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Fishing Notes

Chub Cay tournament carries on its tradition

The Member Guest Tournament at Chub Cay is the oldest continuously held billfish tournament in the Bahamas and Chub Cay owner Kaye Pearson welcomed members and guests to the Island and the 37th edition of the event held in late-April.

D.A. Sea, a 65-foot Paul Mann owned by Ed and Valerie Dunn of Grasonville, Md., released one blue marlin on the first day of fishing and took the early lead in the event.

Rebel, a 61-foot Viking owned by Steve Powell of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., took the lead on the second day of fishing by releasing the first blue marlin of the day. Shortly thereafter, Jack O Hearts, a 60-foot Jim Smith owned by Jack Dell of St. Augustine, Fla., released a blue marlin, while Valerie Dunn and D.A.Sea added a white marlin release to their point total.

D.A.Sea was the winner of the tournament, followed closely by Rebel in second and Jack O Hearts in third.

Angler wins $11,500 at dolphin tournament

The 46-pound dolphin Pompano Beach, Fla., angler Meredith Storelli caught in May hung on as the heaviest fish caught at the Coconuts Dolphin Tournament in the Florida Keys. Storelli won the $10,000 grand prize, plus $1,500 for the heaviest fish caught during the first day of fishing.

Storelli caught the big bull in 20 minutes on a trolled, purple-skirted dead balao, rigged to 30-pound-test line. She fished aboard the Black Crab with Capt. Jeff Cameron of Fort Lauderdale. The pair was about 14 miles offshore when they spotted two frigate birds and trolled the area.

Finishing second was Mike Malvasio of Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fishing and skippering his own boat, dubbed Swallow the Leader, Malvasio weighed in a 43.8-pound dolphin.

Allan Peterson of Prior Lake, Minn., took third with a 41.3-pound dolphin caught with brother Ed Peterson of Islamorada aboard the Triple Debt.

Tournament director ColleenMountain reported the tournament, one of the largest participatory angling contests in the Keys, attracted 453 entrants.

Kingfish Shootout produces a record

Team Century’s Ozzie Fischer and Ozzie Lessinger won the Fort Myers Beach Kingfish Shootout, partnering with local Century dealer, Wolcott Marine, and breaking a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) record for the highest two-day aggregate weight for two fish.

On the first day of competition, held the last week of April, the team brought to the scale a massive kingfish weighing 56.14 pounds, and taking an early lead in the heaviest fish tournament. On the second day of the tournament, the team weighed in a 56.27-pound kingfish, giving the team the victory and breaking the SKA record.

The team consisting of Fischer, Lessinger, Christian Fischer, Paul Michele and DJ Wood ended the two-day tournament with 56.27 points and took home $20,000.

The SKA Division 11 sanctioned the tournament.

“The conditions were perfect with light wind and 80-degree weather,” says Fischer.

One month later, Team Century swept Week 1 of the 2008 Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) in BocaGrandePass as Team Salt Rock Grille, led by Century’s Cody Chivas, won the event, successfully weighing in and releasing a 168-pound tarpon.

Team Century’s Ozzie Fischer, fishing as Team Yamaha F350/Century landed in second place, weighing in a 148-pound tarpon, while teammates Jeff Hagaman and James Goodwin of Team Century/Odyssey Batteries finished in third place, weighing in a 130-pound tarpon.

Florida team captures top honors in tourney

The Reel Appeal team captured first place and a $10,000 cash prize in the annual Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational held May 31.

Teammates and boat owners Gilbert and Vicki Hanks of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and their daughter and son-in-law Brandi and Jamy Burnett of Washington, D.C., triumphed with three dolphin whose aggregate weight totaled 97.9 pounds. They were guided by Capt. Tom Ault and mate Jerry Burns, both of Key West.

“This is only the second tournament that we’ve ever done — we never knew we were going to win,” says Vicki Hanks.

Among the Reel Appeal team’s catches was the day’s largest dolphin, a 48.4-pounder brought in by Jamy Burnett, as well as fish weighing 30.7 pounds and 18.8 pounds.

Second-place honors were awarded to veteran Key West Capt. Chip Veach and his team aboard the Super Grouper, who logged in three fish that totaled 73.5 pounds. Super Grouper anglers were Gary Walsingham of Panama City Beach, Fla., Findlay Sinclair of Key West and Bill Sims, Dan Trapp and Bob Masterson of Orlando.

Capt. Carl Masiello of Key West shepherded his Bottom Line team to third place with three dolphin totaling 66.7 pounds. The team consisted of Brandon Masiello, Barry Andrews and Joey Janelle, all of Key West.

The 2008 tournament drew 108 participants on 19 boats.

Carolina angler wins grand champion title

From Day 1, David Dalu of Charleston, S.C., took the lead in the Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament. At the end of the final day, he landed the grand champion title at the angling event held May 18-21 in Islamorada.

One hour and 16 minutes into the tournament’s first fishing day, Dalu’s fly took the first strike with a tarpon he later released. By noon, he had spent two hours and 20 minutes pulling in three separate fish that weighed from 80 pounds to 125 pounds.

By the end of the third day, Dalu had scored eight releases and three weight fish of 85, 94 and 97 pounds.

James Holland Jr. of Seattle was runner-up with six releases and weight fish of 88, 85 and 79 pounds. Holland holds a world record for catching a 202-pound, 8-ounce tarpon on 20-pound tippet in 2001. He was guided by Capt. Joe Rodriguez of Homestead, Fla.

Third place went to Andy Mill of Aspen, Colo., with one release and three weight fish of 88, 102 and 132 pounds. His guide was Capt. Doug Kilpatrick of Summerland Key, Fla.

The grand champion team award went to Holland, Oliver Hoar of Hanover, Pa., with Capt. Tad Burke of Tavernier, Fla.; and Vern Olson of Camano Island, Wash., with Capt. Paul Tejera of Islamorada. The team earned a combined total of 6,355 points.

The tournament drew 27 anglers who caught and released 74 tarpon, 19 of them entered for weight points.