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Doing It All lived up to its name Friday by winning the Jupiter Billfish Tournament.

The victory was a milestone for Daryl Deka, Mark Lamb and Rick Burton, who won countless bass tournaments on Lake Okeechobee before switching to offshore tournaments in 2007.

Doing It All caught and released a two-day total of 39 sailfish to win its first major sailfish tournament. Miss Annie was second with 37.

“This is by far our biggest win,” said Deka, of Wellington.

The trio scored its first big win at the 2009 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, catching four kingfish and four tunas weighing 217.5 pounds. The following week, Lamb’s boat Hard Way won $10,000 for the biggest fish in the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, a 55.5-pound kingfish.

Since then, Hard Way and Deka’s boat Doing It All had placed in other sailfish and funfish tournaments. What made this victory extra special was that it came against big sportfishermen that have a history of winning sailfish tournaments by trolling dead baits.

Deka’s new 32 ST Contender was one of only eight center consoles in the 39-boat fleet, which included a number of Vikings, Spencers and Bertrams from 51 to 70 feet.

Doing It All caught its 39 sailfish on live bait, worth 200 points apiece, for 7,800 points. Miss Annie, a 52 Viking skippered by Matt Rabenstine, also live-baited and had 7,400 points.

Outlaw, a 61 Jim Smith, was third with 19 sailfish on dead bait, worth 300 points apiece, and 5,700 points. De Bait Able, a 65 Viking, was fourth with 26 sails and 5,200 points. Big Oh, a 63 Ricky Scarborough, was fifth with 16 releases and 4,800 points. The fleet released a total of 414 sailfish.

Outlaw led on Thursday with 16 fish and 4,800 points. Big Oh was second with 15 sails and 4,500. Doing It All was third with 22 sails and 4,400.

The bite slowed the second day and Doing It All and Miss Annie went head to head for the victory on Friday. Miss Annie caught 20 sails and Doing It All had 17.

Both boats had 37 releases as lines out approached Friday afternoon, with Miss Annie leading on time. With 15 minutes remaining, Doing It All landed both ends of a doubleheader to take the lead for good.

Deka said the key to victory came when Lamb went bait fishing Wednesday morning in an area off St. Lucie Inlet known as the Sandpile.

“He was there for herring and he saw all these sailfish tailing in 50 feet,” Deka said.

Deka, Lamb, Burton, Joe Furrello and Alex Burgess made the 40-minute run from Lake Worth Inlet to the Sandpile Thursday morning and caught a few baits, but sailfish were scarce. So they headed farther offshore, where they didn’t catch anything.

Meanwhile, Deka said, “all the other boats were calling in fish.”

“We saw a pack of boats where we’d started fishing, so we went back. We really just worked a quarter-mile box and just kept going back and forth over and over. Every time you marked the bait, a fish would pop up. Halfway through the first day, all the boats were there.”

There were so many boats there Friday, Doing It All couldn’t fish its box at first. As the boats began to spread out, Doing It All was able to get in and catch enough fish to slip past Miss Annie.

Catches

Capt. Mario Cote of No Vacansea guided Real and Michel Ducharme to amberjacks of 25 and 20 pounds, tunas, kingfish, snappers and bonitos Saturday fishing out of Port Everglades Inlet.

Vince Owen and Thad Tally caught 15.78 pounds of bass on spinnerbaits to win the King of the Glades club trail tournament Sunday on Lake Okeechobee out of Belle Glade. Mike Barnard and Joe Holland were second at 14.33 and Holland had the big bass of 7.43 on a Gambler swim jig. Mike Lendl and Hank Krieg were third at 12.97, followed by Billy Brown and Dave Mathis at 12.32 and Terry and Chris McCartha at 9.9.

Hunter English caught four fish weighing 6.74 pounds to win the season-opening Broward County Jr. Bass Trail tournament Sunday at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Austin Newland was second with five fish weighing 6.68, followed by Tyler Nekolony at 6.47 and Cody Snead at 6.37. Nekolony had the big bass at 2.76.

Capt. Alan Zaremba reported good fishing for peacock bass and snook despite the cooler temperatures. Jim Davidson, of Boca Raton, and Zen Eidel, of Manor, N.Y., caught 17 peacocks up to 3 pounds and six snook up to 4 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4 Canal. Gene Holland, of Hillsdale, N.Y., caught eight peacocks up to 3 pounds, 12 largemouth bass up to 6 pounds and a sunshine bass using floating Rapalas and live shiners on an afternoon trip at Lake Ida. Phil Hughes and his dad, Phillip Sr., of Greenville, S.C., caught 19 peacocks up to 2.5 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4. Carl Hochrein, of Pembroke Pines, and Zaremba had 26 largemouths up to 4 pounds and nine peacocks up to 4.5 pounds using Flapp’n Shads, speed worms, floating Rapalas and Baby Torpedoes in the L-30. John and Nel Schaffner and their daughter Dawn, of Fire Island, N.Y., had 27 peacocks up to 4.5 pounds and three snook up to 4 pounds using floating Rapalas in the C-4. Jack Taylor, his son Jeff and his grandson Jack, 14, of Toledo, Ohio, caught 14 peacocks, six largemouths and two snook up to 5 pounds using floating Rapalas on an afternoon trip in the C-8.

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