Plastered wins Dolphin Round Up – Sun

Neal Laue was thinking about fishing closer to shore than usual on the next to last day of Competition Tackle’s 16th annual Dolphin Round Up for Hospice by the Sea.

When a fuel filter one of his boat’s twin outboards broke, leaving him and his brother Brian and Rob Morgan with one working motor, the decision was made.

Fortunately for them, it was the right decision, as Neal Laue caught a 31.62-pound bull dolphin Friday morning to win the month-long Round Up by a third of an ounce over Troy Hughes.

“We usually run 30 miles out,” Neal Laue said. “So basically we just stayed in 750 feet.”

Trolling seven lines around some scattered weed off Port Everglades Inlet on their boat Plastered, a reference to the Laue brothers’ plastering business, one of the lines got hit by a fish that ran and ran.

“Then all of a sudden it started greyhounding,” Laue said. “Finally we caught up to him. He was pretty tired, we gaffed him and that was it.

“We were going to stay a little longer and then the steering started to freeze up, so we went in.”

After bringing the fish to Competition Tackle in Davie and finding out they had taken the lead, they got the boat repaired so they could fish one more day.

“We weren’t sure if that fish would hold up,” Laue said.

They went back out Saturday and hooked a 250- to 300-pound blue marlin that got off, landed two schoolies and hoped for the best.

They had nothing to worry about, as the big bull capped a terrific tournament for them.

Plastered also won the Dolphin Dash, a prelude to the Round Up, with a 25.6-pound dolphin. Then Plastered caught a 38.2 wahoo the first week of the Round Up and it held up as the biggest fun fish. Plastered won a total of more than $4,600 for all of its fish.

Hughes was second at 31.6 to win just over $2,000. He’d caught his fish over Father’s Day Weekend fishing with his wife, Cathy, on their boat Magic Stick in a private tournament in the Keys.

The dolphin won that tournament and, rather than driving straight back to Competition Tackle with the fish, Hughes stayed in the Keys for the awards party and to hang out with family. He weighed it at the tackle store about 24 hours later.

“I’ve been fishing the Round Up for eight years and this is the third time I’ve taken second,” said Hughes, whose fish also qualified him for the South Florida Dolphin Challenge, where he gets a chance to go head-to-head with Plastered in a fish off on July 14. Robert Rouillard’s 40.5-pounder was the Challenge’s top qualifier.

Mike Thompson’s Universal was third at 28.7. Roy Pisut of Sideline, whose 27.8-pounder held the lead the first week, finished fourth.

Michele Rodriguez of Triple Tail was the top lady with a 14-pounder that she weighed in late Saturday. Earlier that day, Cady Thompson bumped her mother, T.C., out of second with a 12.12 on Go Girls II. Terri Levitan of Plan B was third at 7.4, followed by Ronna Cabral of Fish On at 6.9 and Amy Gurdak of Rockfish at 6.8.

Miles Levitan, 8, of Plan B was the top junior with a 6.8, followed by Reed Sinclair with a 4.3 on Magic Stick, Torri Ridgeway of Go Girls II, Hayden Hawes of 3-Lous and Christopher Pickney of Go Girls II.

Fish of the week

Capt. Alan Zaremba, of Hollywood, guided Paul Weir, of Boca Raton, his son-in-law Russell and his son Isah, 10, of New York, to four peacock bass and three largemouth bass using live shiners at Lake Ida. Michael Troner, of Palmetto Bay, and his 16-year-old grandson had 21 peacocks up to 5.25 pounds using Clouser minnows and jigs in the C-100 Canal. Max Fuller, 9, caught four peacocks and three largemouths using shiners at Lake Ida with his father, Jeb, and his grandfather Buck.

Michael Johnson caught a 26.2-pound dolphin Saturday to win the second annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament in Islamorada. Jake Byrnes was second, also with a 26.2, followed by David Gil at 24.6, Maureen Furshman at 22.2 and Phil Hess at 21.3. Furshman was the top lady angler, Philip Hess III was the top junior at 20.1 and Michael Wood was the King of Fishes with a 38.2 wahoo. Contagious won the Bucket of Bucks for the heaviest combined weight for three dolphin at 62.5. U Boat Yellowfin was second at 59.8. Vicious Fishes was third at 59.1.

Lionfish results

UMC (Underwater Marine Collectors) brought in 227 lionfish to win Saturday’s inaugural Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby hosted by Lauderdale Marina and the 15th Street Fisheries and sponsored by REEF. Spearfishin Critical was second with 67 and had the biggest lionfish, Chad Ruff’s 16.2-incher. In all, 48 divers on 12 boats killed 419 lionfish.

swaters@tribune.com or 954-356-4648

This entry was posted in Florida Keys Fishing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Recent Posts

  • Contact Us



  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird
    Google Plus

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420

    Florida Keys Fishing in Key Largo


  • To Book The War Bird
    (305) 394-7420


    KEY LARGO
    DEEP SEA FISHING
    • Sailfish
    • Dolphin - Mahi Mahi
    • Wahoo
    • King Mackerel
    • Tuna - Black Fin Tuna
    • Marlin
    KEYS REEF &
    WRECK FISHING

    • Yellowtail Snapper
    • Mutton Snapper
    • Cubera Snapper
    • Mangrove Snapper
    • Grouper
    • Kingfish - King Mackerel
    • Spanish and Cero Mackerel
    • Hogfish
    • Amberjack
    • Cobia
    • Baracuda

  • The Fish House
    Key Largo's Finest Seafood Restaurant
    102401 Overseas Hwy
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    305-451-4665

    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Dinner: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    No Reservations, just come on in!


  • Pages

  • Meta


  • Offshore Sportfishing in the Florida Keys

  • Tags


  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420