Tough conditions limit anglers in event’s first day

Releasing only 66 sailfish on a single day in a fishing tournament is small number, and poor conditions are mostly to blame for a sluggish start to first day of the Mayor’s Cup held at Monty’s Raw Bar in Coconut Grove.

Wind strength and direction, temperature and currents all play a role in catching fish — especially sailfish.

This is what makes the sailfish a true trophy fish. It’s part science, part luck but mostly a lot of knowledge and know-how that separate the good fisherman from the bad.

In a recent tournament, fisherman released 1,174 sailfish during the Silver Sailfish Derby in West Palm that was held Jan. 5-7.

The day-one totals for 46 boats fishing during the derby was 659, with the lead boat, Get Lit, releasing 36 in one day.

In the Mayor’s Cup, there are fewer than 40 boats, and Kimbuktu is in the lead by time with eight sailfish released. Just under Kimbuktu is Wound Up with eight releases for 800 points.

“It isn’t that the fish aren’t there. The conditions were bad, but it looks like the weather is changing,” tournament organizer Tony Albelo said. “The guys seem excited about [Sunday]. [Saturday] was slow, but the winds will be turning.”

Sunday is the last day the anglers will have a chance to reel in a win in this two-day tournament.

Currently, the leading anglers are Peter Miller, Bill Danko, Victor Jensen and Peter Adrian with three releases each for a total of 300 points.

Danko was the lead angler in the Silver Sailfish Derby with 24 releases.

The leading teams in the big-boat division are Wound Up with 800 point and Get Lit with 700.

The small-boat division leaders are Kimbuktu, 800; and Night Prowler, 700.

For those interested in watching the tournament, there will be a dockside weigh-in adjacent to Monty’s from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there is a live video stream available at www.mayorscuptournament.com.

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