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Midnight Blue Wins 2011 Sailfish Challenge!

February 28, 2011

For Immediate Release:

 

Midnight Blue Captures Sailfish Challenge Win and $69,100 Payout!

 

Total # of Boats: 79                                                          Total # of Releases: 165

 

79 teams and several hundred anglers competed Saturday, February 26, in the one-day Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine. Despite sub-par fishing conditions, the bite got off to a fast start following the 7:30 a.m. lines in. Within the first two hours of fishing, nearly 70 fish were released.

 

Fishing out of Government Cut, Jason Jennings’ Midnight Blue was one of the first teams to break out of the pack with 5 releases in the first hour of fishing. Also fishing in Miami, Luis Isaias’ Jichi followed close with 4 releases by 8:30 a.m. Team Fish Tales made an afternoon charge in Miami releasing 4 fish in the last 2 hours of the tournament, totaling 8 releases.

 

Midnight Blue earned a hefty pay day releasing 9 sailfish and cashing in for $69,100 in winnings. Fish Tales finished 2nd with 8 releases and $32,980 total winnings. Jichi took the 3rd place spot with 7 releases and earned a total of $41,220. El Palacio de los Jugos, Wound Up and Rhonda Beth followed in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively with 6 releases. Kimbuktu, Conched Out, Advanced Roofing and Night Prowler finished 7th thru 10th respectively with 5 releases each.

 

Luis Isaias aboard Jichi took home Master Angler honors with 4 releases earning an additional $1 ,000 for his team. How Ya Reelin captured 1st place in the Amateur division with 2 releases and a $2,000 paycheck, followed by Blue Brothers in 2nd and Outside Air in 3rd, earning $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Timmy Maddock Jr. on Vitamin Sea Too earned Top Junior Angler, and further was the only junior angler that released a fish in the whole tournament! The heaviest funfish of the tournament was a 38.3-pound dolphin caught aboard Keri-N-On. That fish earned Jason Naumann and his team a paycheck for $14,500.  Keri-N-On also had the largest Kingfish of the tournament at 37.9 pounds.  The heaviest Wahoo was reeled in by the How Ya Reelin team.  It weighed 26.8 pounds. Total payouts for the Sailfish Challenge exceeded $220,000.  Charitable proceeds from the Sailfish Challenge will be directed to it’s charity, Reconstructing Lives. For more information, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.

 

Top Teams:

1.       Midnight Blue, 1800 pts

2.       Fish Tales, 1600 pts

3.       Jichi, 1400 pts

4.       El Palacio de los Jugos, 1200 pts

5.       Wound Up, 1200 pts

6.       Rhonda Beth, 1200 pts

7.       Kimbuktu, 1000 pts

8.       Conched Out, 1000 pts

9.       Advanced Roofing, 1000 pts

10.   Night Prowler, 1000 pts

 

Top Amateur Team: How Ya Reelin, 400 pts

 

Master Angler: Luis Isaias, Jichi, 800 pts

 

Top Female Angler: Janine Claus, Qualifier, 600 pts

 

Top Junior Angler: Timmy Maddock Jr., Vitamin Sea Too, 200 pts

 

Funfish:

Heaviest Dolphin: Keri-N-On, 38.3 lbs

Heaviest Wahoo: How Ya Reelin, 26.8 lbs

Heaviest Kingfish: Keri-N-On, 37.9

 



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