Dec 5, 2016 Islamorada, Florida Keys — Second-generation charter captain Paul Ross of Islamorada led his anglers aboard Relentless to the win at the Islamorada Sailfish Tournament that concluded Sunday, Dec. 4. The tournament kicked off the renowned triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship series.
Upper Keys anglers Fenton Langston and Jimmy Hendrix, with James and Debbie David of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, released 15 sails — six of them within 40 minutes Sunday — for the team to take the lead and eventually the overall win and trophy.
Second place, with 14 releases, went to Captain Robert Collins at the helm of Last Dance, fishing with Matt McLean of Naples, Florida, and Islamorada residents Ken Longaker, Robert Helms and Brandon Hopper. McLean contributed eight of the 14 releases to earn the tournament’s high-point angler trophy.
A field of 21 boats and 96 anglers tallied a total of 172 releases over the three-day tournament, according to organizers.
The remaining two events in the Gold Cup Series include the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament set for Jan. 19-21 and the Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament Jan. 25-26, when an overall series champion is to be crowned.