2010 Tournament Wrap up...
Congratulations to Capt Brooks Rans, angler Marco Lavecchia and the rest of the crew on the Mattanza for their big win. Mattanza took first place over all with a 63.3 lb wahoo, TWT and the Individual Aggregate categories for a total of $17,403.75 in prize money. They also get the bragging rights for being the boat that traveled the farthest to fish the tournament... Brooks brought the boat over from Bermuda to fish the Wahoo Challenge this year!
The second place wahoo weighed in at 57.3 and has its own story. JD Smith was the angler on board the Sensation who is also a Hospice patient and gave a passionate speech on Saturday night to remind us all how precious life is.
Weldor's Ark, a boat that fishes with us every year, weighed in the third place wahoo at 52.5 angled by Pascual Jimenez. Elizabeth Stewart on the Sea Striker took home beautiful piece of jewelry by DP Jewelry for her 43.8 lb wahoo. Nathan Watson, also aboard the Sea Striker, was first in the Junior angler division with a 44.7 pound wahoo.
Despite the weather being a bit sketchy, everyone had fun, a ton of wahoo's were caught and we raised money for our charities: Take a Kid Fishing and Crystal Coast Hospice House. The Executive Board made some tough decisions this year but always kept in mind that they were trying to allow more folks to be able to fish and trying to raise as much money as possible for the charities. And the tournament was a success this year because of that, our co-sponsors Calcutta and R.A. Jeffrey's Distributing and all of our dedicated sponsors, all of the local restaurants who donated food, the volunteers and our community.
Thank you to all those involved with the 2010 Wahoo Challenge.