Blue Time team takes World Sailfish championship

— Anglers aboard Blue Time caught and released 14 sailfish Sunday to stage a come-from-behind victory and win nearly $185,000 at the World Sailfish Championship in the Florida Keys.

Skippered by Captain Bill Wieteha, the Miami-based team ended the tournament’s first fishing day last Thursday without a single release. The next day, owners Benjamin and Lisa Leon and teammates Israel Ivanez, A.J. Sepe, Ray Rosher, Mike Lawson and Jared Spitz logged only three sailfish.

Saturday was a lay day, and at the beginning of Sunday’s final fishing day, Blue Time wasn’t even among the top 10 spots in the 34-boat fleet.

Wieteha said that all of Sunday’s releases were achieved before 1 p.m. and his team ended the contest with 17 fish.

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