Anglers From Florida to Texas Triumph in Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament

(May. 21, 2013 – BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys)…

Shane Curry of Key West, Fla., caught a 42.6-pound dolphin fish to take first place in the 20th annual Big Pine and Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament that ended May 19.

Curry, who fished aboard Reel Conch guided by Captain Randy Sterling Jr., earned $7,500 for his catch. He caught it on the tournament’s second day in an area off Key West known as the wall.

Sterling credited the victory to the team’s preparation and persistence.

“We prepare hard with our baits and getting everything ready, and we fish hard from lines-in,” he said. “Shane made a great cast to the fish and caught him with a spinning rod after about a 10-minute fight.”

Second place went to Mike Malvasio of Southwest Ranches, Fla., who caught a dolphin weighing 40 pounds. He fished aboard Swallow the Leader and captained the vessel as well.

Joe Burnett of League City, Texas, placed third with a dolphin weighing 35.5 pounds. He was guided by Captain Joe Nailes on the boat Seven Twelves.

The tournament’s top female angler was Jeanette Williams of Cudjoe Key, Fla. She caught a 24.9-pound dolphin while fishing on Reel Time with Captain Kyle Williams.

In the junior division for anglers age 15 and under, Jayce Howell of Naples, Fla., took first place. Fishing on Gator Done skippered by Captain Cecil Howell, the 11-year-old caught a 23.1-pound dolphin.

Additional prizes were awarded to the anglers who caught the heaviest wahoo and tuna.

Bill Hamm of Cudjoe Key was recognized for a 46-pound wahoo, while Darren Threlkeld of Big Pine Key took top tuna honors with a fish weighing 13.7 pounds.

The tournament drew 189 participants fishing on 64 boats.

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