Anglers fishing in a 75th Annual Silver Sailfish Derby — a West Palm Beach Fishing Club sailfish recover contest begun in 1935 and billed as a World’s Oldest Sailfish Tournament — are creation story this week.
On a initial day of fishing Thursday, Derby anglers expelled 659 sails, ruinous a one-day record of 397 releases set in 2006.
On a second day of fishing today, a 46-boat derby swift finished story again. By 1:59 p.m., they had racked adult adequate releases to mangle a three-day Derby record of 958 set in 2006.
By 3:22 p.m. today, a Derby anglers had expelled 1,000 sailfish. (Shasha Lickle of Palm Beach expelled a 1,000th sail.)
“It’s never been finished in a three-day tournament,” pronounced Tom Twyford, boss of a West Palm Beach Fishing Club. “For Atlantic sailfish, this is uncharted territory.”
Conditions were excellent. A clever cold front that changed over South Florida Tuesday pushed sailfish to a waters off Palm Beach and Martin counties from points north.
On Thursday, a teams of anglers found sailfish leaping from a H2O and “tailing” in a waves as they changed south toward warmer water.
Coral Gables-based Get Lit led by captain Quinton Dieterle, finished as tip vessel Thursday and set a new one-day vessel record, with with 36 releases. (Get Lit hold a tournament’s prior one-day recover record of 35 releases underneath former captain Ray Rosher.)
Scott Robins of Miami Beach, fishing on Weez in a Keys, was tip angler Thursday with 13 releases. Three other anglers — Bill Danko on Get Lit, Peter Miller on Get Lit and Kitt Toomey on Get Lit — expelled a dozen sails each.
On normal Thursday, a sailfish recover was reported each 43.7 sections. (Are we listening, Tourist Development Council?)
All of that can be summed adult in one word: Wow.
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