MARATHON, Florida Keys — A Pompano Beach, Fla., team released six sailfish to earn first place and more than $100,000 in cash prizes during the two-day inaugural Sailfish Open at Hawks Cay that ended March 7.
Team Advanced Roofing, with Captain Jeff Scott at the helm, included anglers Robbie Clawges, Chris Czipulis, David Ide, Robbie Waddick and Mike Calabrese, all of Pompano Beach.
The 28-year-old skipper admitted that the win was not easy.
"We must have fished the same one-mile stretch of water over two days," Scott said. "Other boats were catching fish in the same area, but it was only when they cleared out were we able to catch a few by staying there."
Second-place team Screen Print Plus/Prize Fighter released five sails. Led by Captain Adam Alfano of Cape Coral, Fla., the team included anglers Bryan Frye, Chris and Les Achilles and Jim Bebo, all of Cape Coral.
Rock Star's Miami-based contingent landed in third place with four sails. Anglers Ovi Vento, Rudy Espinosa, Jorge Ramirez and Henry Jimenez were guided by Captain Scott Leon.
Thirty teams of nearly 200 participants competing in the Sailfish Open released 52 sailfish. The open is the fourth of six point-earning tournaments in the Sailfish Pro Series that concludes May 3.