Dolphin trip provides perfect going-away present – Sun

Joe Kessling has had a good year of dolphin fishing. Sunday his buddy Mark Kirby caught a 29-pound bull, his biggest dolphin ever. The bull was half of a dolphin doubleheader, Cye Leland landing a 24.5-pound cow.

Joe Kessling has had a good year of dolphin fishing, but Sunday might have been one of his most rewarding outings of 2013.

Kessling, of Davie, won three consecutive dolphin tournaments earlier this year, including Competition Tackle’s Dolphin Round Up with a 49.5-pounder.

But Sunday was the last offshore fishing trip for his buddy Mark Kirby, who is getting engaged and moving to Tennessee.

Thanks to Kessling, Kirby will be bringing plenty of dolphin fillets to his new home after catching a 29-pound bull, his biggest dolphin ever.

The bull was half of a dolphin doubleheader; Cye Leland landed a 24.5-pound cow.

“This has been a good year for me,” Kessling said. “That’s 10 fish that we’ve caught over 20 pounds this year.”

Kessling was fishing about 15 miles out of Port Everglades Inlet on his boat Off Duty when he saw a lone, fast-flying seagull swooping up and down.

He was trying to catch up with the bird when the two dolphin ate the skirted ballyhoos he was trolling.

“That was a nice, pleasant surprise,” said Kessling, who, after the fish were put in the cooler, and with a storm approaching, called it a day.

Fish of the week

Richie Kornahrens, whose brother Rob and nephew Michael are serious Lighthouse Point offshore anglers, continued his tournament hot streak as his team on Lights Out caught the biggest white marlin in last week’s Mid-Atlantic $500,000 to win $704,793. Bill Haugland, of Key Largo, landed the 84-pound white on the second day of the five-day tournament out of Cape May, N.J., and Ocean City, Md. An 81-pounder caught Saturday by a New Jersey boat took second. Two weeks earlier, Kornahrens, who splits his time between the Keys and Islip, N.Y., caught a 77-pound white to tie for second and win $102,498 in the 40th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City.

Paul D’arcy and George Williams caught 18.52 pounds of fish Sunday, including the big bass of 6.01, to win the Bass-N-Fools club tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston. Tim Feller and Scott Crowe were second at 15.84, followed by Sam Wild and Miguel Herrera at 13.82, Mark Sommer and Ed Knorr at 13.69 and Tom Trapani and Brandon Rose at 11.58.

Rich Tate caught a 6.12-pound largemouth bass on a Gambler EZ Swimmer Sunday to win the Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida’s One Largemouth Bass Tourney on Lake Osborne by 2 hundredths of a pound.

Capt. Alan Zaremba, of Hollywood, reported good fishing for peacock bass in Miami’s urban canals. Tyson Reed and Anthony Barr, both of Atlanta, caught 54 peacocks up to 3 pounds in two days of fishing with jigs, Baby Torpedoes, MirrOProps and floating Rapalas in the C-100 and C-4 canals. Drew Gregg, of Davie, and Zaremba caught 17 peacocks up to 3.5 pounds, eight largemouth bass and six Mayan cichlids using MirrOProps, Flat Raps and floating Rapalas on a morning trip in the C-6. Dan Dengate, of Hallandale Beach, caught 10 peacocks up to 3 pounds, 25 red Midas cichlids, three spotted tilapia and five Mayan cichlids using jigs and Baby Torpedoes on a half-day trip in the C-100. Brian Walters and Wayne Cornell, both of Washington, caught 28 peacocks up to 5.5 pounds on Baby Torpedoes, floating Rapalas and live shiners on a half-day trip in the C-4.

Bass tournament: Bass Fishing Kids has its annual Parent Child Team Bass Tournament and barbecue Saturday at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Check-in is 7 a.m. and fishing from the shore starts at 7:30. Entry fee is $30 per two-angler team consisting of one adult 18 and older and one child 17 and younger. First prize is a Minn Kota trolling motor and $100 in Gambler Lures bucks, second is a Humminbird fish finder and $50 in Gambler bucks and third is a rod and reel and $25 in Gambler bucks. There is also an optional big fish pot and a casting contest for kids. Register by Thursday by emailing angler names to bassfishingkids@comcast.net or visit bassfishingkids.com.

Free saltwater fishing: Sunday is saltwater license-free fishing day. Florida residents and visitors can fish in saltwater without having a recreational saltwater fishing license.

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