By LARRY BLUE
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 27, 2002
The Old Salt's 12th annual Johnny Kellar Fishing Tournament was Saturday at Bay Pines Marina. The 161 anglers weighed in 78 fish, and for each of the four species -- grouper, sheepshead, speckled trout and flounder -- first place paid $300, second $200 and third $100.
Lin Scott weighed in the largest fish of the tournament, a 15.12-pound grouper. Scott was fishing along the Sunshine Skyway using shad for bait. The second-place grouper (9.36 pounds) was caught by Steve Proctor, also at the Skyway, using a trolled plug. Robert Hughes landed the third-place grouper. Hank Manee won the sheepshead division with a 5.64-pounder that was released after being weighed. Manee was fishing near the Ringling Bridge near Sarasota. Dave Methaney won second with a 4.38-pounder caught on a fiddler crab. Frank Ierne brought in the third-place sheepshead (4.20).
Bill Burrows caught a 4.94-pound trout on a hard-bodied lure off Treasure Island to win that division. Tim Imrisek caught the second-place trout (4.48) at Fort De Soto, and Jim Dillon caught the third-place trout (3.94) near the Central Avenue bridge.
Shawn Rodriguez landed the largest flounder (1.34) using a live chub for bait. The second-place flounder (1.08) was caught by Tom DeSimoe, and 14-year-old Kyle Applefield used a plastic jig at Isle of Capri for his third-place flounder (1.02).
More than $5,000 was raised for All Children's Hospital, which has received more than $40,000 from this tournament over the years.
-- To get in touch with Larry Blue, call (727) 397-3773 or send him an e-mail, CaptLBlue@aol.com. To find out how to get your tournament results in the paper, call 727-893-8123.