Despite strong winds and less than ideal weather, nine boats competed in the Twelfth Annual Man-O-War Fishing Tournament seeking to bring home the largest tuna, dolphin or wahoo for the prize on April 30 to May 1, 2015.
Jim Albertson, tournament head, said that they almost cancelled the tournament due to the wind and rough seas; “However, everyone wanted to go on and try to fish whenever they could.”
The boat ‘Flying Tiger’ held the largest fish for the first two days of the tournament, but at the last minute on Saturday afternoon, ‘Teaser II’ came in with the largest fish: a dolphin. Winning Top Boat in the competition, ‘Teaser II’ was crewed by Brad & Julie Abell and Aaron Albury.
The award for largest tuna went to the Grady White team from Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Albertson added that there was “a special award given to ‘Cannonball’ Baker, who fished all three days of the tournament with ribs he broke being smacked around the first day of the tournament by some steep seas.”
He said that the Man-O-War Fishing Tournament is more of a fun tournament with good natured, honest competitors. This year the tournament had nine boats participate, including: ‘Bimini Twist’, ‘Blue Bird’, ‘Deepwater II’, ‘Flying Tiger’, ‘Open Season’, ‘Phyllis C’, ‘Sky Hooker’, ‘Taurus’ and ‘Teaser II’.