Barrâ€™s 209.5-pound mako shark takes top tournament honors
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â€œConsidering the weather, I think it went off very well,â€ tournament co-organizer Earl Conley said. â€œThe weather didn’t turn out as bad as forecasted.â€
Some teams backed out because of the weather forecast, Conley said.
Three boats headed offshore in search of mako sharks, threshers and bluefish in last Fridayâ€™s rainy weather. Twenty-seven fished Saturday and all 30 of the tournament boats went out on Sunday with clear skies.
Nine makos were boated during the three-day tournament. Kelly Barr hooked the largest, a 209.5-pounder, while fishing on Moore Bills Sunday. The mako was worth $14,787.50.
Victor Muzzattiâ€™s 144.8-pound mako, caught Sunday, took second-place honors. Muzzatti and his Stress Reel-ief team were awarded $18,979.50 because of participation in added entry level calcuttas.
Ken Thompson reeled in a 143.2-pound mako aboard First & More on Sunday to finish in third place. Thompson and his teammates received $6,225.50.
Nate Beck brought the only tournament bluefish to the Bahia Marina scale on 22nd Street. He landed a 12.8-pounder last Saturday on No Limits. The fish was worth $5,437.50.
No thresher sharks were caught during the competition.
Stress Reel-ief anglers also received the $1,000 W.W. Harman Award for the most sharks released with five.
â€œI want to thank the Harman family for hosting another successful tournament and the captains, anglers and mates for participating,â€ Conley said.
Cheri Coley caught this 95.6-pound mako shark Sunday, the final day of the 17th annual Mako Mania fishing tournament. The fish, weighed at Bahia Marina on 22nd Streetm didnâ€™t meet the 100-pound tournament minimum.