© St. Petersburg Times, published March 31, 2002
Somewhere south of Anna Maria, Glenn Carr, on Jay Mastry's JayBird, grabbed the rod when a 32.3-pound kingfish hit.
Mastry, Carr and five friends were fishing for a big king mackerel in the 18th Annual Easter Kingfish Classic held Saturday at Billy's Stonecrab Restaurant.
Mastry thinks fresh bait is the secret to catching big kings. As one person watched the fishing rods, others jigged a Sabiki rod for baitfish.
He also credits his success with using a flourocarbon leader and 16-pound fishing line, which are harder for the fish to see. These techniques may have helped them finish first.
Marty Slade on Slade brought in a 28.5-pound king for second. Fishing 17 miles southwest of Egmont Channel in 50 feet, a slow-trolled shad was used. Slade landed about 25 other kings.
Scott Wallace returned from the Clearwater hardbottom with a 23.9-pound king for third. Steve Smith on Workman's Comp had a 23.4-pounder for fourth, also caught in the same area of Clearwater. Chuck Weldon on Horizen Haze was fifth (18.90).
The tournament paid out to seventh.
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