Winning tournaments the Hard Way – Sun

Team Hard Way lived up to its name in winning last week’s Sailfish Open out of Palm Beach Shores.

The Hard Way team of Daryl Deka, Mark Lamb, Rick Burton, Alex Burgess and Joe Furrello was in 13th place after the first day with two sailfish releases, four behind leader Advanced Roofing.

Friday morning, Hard Way released two doubleheaders to move into a tie for second place with six sailfish behind Qualifier, which had seven releases.

Hard Way, Advanced Roofing and Reel Joy each caught their seventh sailfish, but Qualifier still led because it caught its seventh fish first.

Twenty-three minutes before the 2 p.m. lines out, Hard Way released its eighth fish to take the lead, but the tournament was far from over.

With the clock ticking down, My Doris, which had a total of five releases, hooked a quadruple header. If My Doris caught all four fish, it would win the tournament with nine releases.

“I didn’t know it would affect us,” Deka said. “Mark and Joe knew and were chewing on their fingernails.”

My Doris landed three of the fish, but the fourth one got away, so Hard Way earned its second consecutive tournament victory (the boat had won the Jupiter Billfish Tournament three weeks earlier). My Doris was second. Qualifier was third, followed by Advanced Roofing and Reel Joy with seven releases apiece.

Hard Way won more than $86,820, which included $15,000 for first. The balance was for winning the value-added overall division and the daily for catching the most fish — six — on Friday. The 30 boats released a total of 120 sailfish.

Fish of the week

Robert Darveau, of Quebec, caught his first sailfish along with a blackfin tuna and two cero mackerel fishing on No Vacansea with captains Mario and Kevin Cote.

Tyler Nekolny, of Coral Springs, caught four fish weighing a total of 8.92 pounds, including the big bass of 5.77, while fishing from shore to win the junior division in the season-opening Bass Fishing Kids Broward County tournament Saturday at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. Jake Stark, of Davie, was second with four fish weighing 4.81. Michael Cash, of Plantation, was third with two fish weighing 3.47.

Joshua Guyton, of Davie, won the small fry division with three fish weighing 2.25. Ethan Rogge, of Weston, was second with three fish weighing 1.86. Blake Weger, of Wellington, was third with two fish weighing .9. A total of 43 kids participated in the event, which included a barbecue and pointers from Team Castrol bass pros Mike Surman and Darrel Robertson.

Benefit shoot

The Cops And Clays For Kids trap shooting tournament to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Markham Park Target Range in Sunrise. The event features personnel from several law enforcement agencies, expert shooters, a display of BSO specialty vehicles and demonstrations.

The cost for spectators is $20 and includes lunch. The cost for shooters is $125 per individual and $500 for a five-person team. Contact Colleen Lockwood at 386-688-4336 or clockwood@youthranches.org.

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