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Daily fishing report

By DAVID A. BROWN
Published November 13, 2005


Dr. Jack Penny of St. Pete Beach and his crew on Pennywise won their second kingfish tournament in as many weeks with a 43.22-pounder at the Old Salt King of the Beach tournament Saturday at the Madeira Beach Ball Fields. Fresh off a win at the Suncoast Kingfish Classic at Treasure Island, Penny, son Michael, Ken Dellane, Brian Brandano and Stevie Dellane fished in 120 feet over hard bottom northwest of Madeira Beach. The team won $10,000.

Brandano said Stevie Dellane deployed a live blue runner in the propellor wash behind the motors moments before the fish hit. The team was fighting a smaller fish but quickly focused on Dellane's fish when it was judged larger. After a 20-minute fight, Brandano gaffed Dellane's fish around 10:30 a.m.

Team Native, captained by Robert Snibbe of St. Petersburg, won the King of Tampa Bay Challenge with an aggregate weight of 129.62 pounds. The contest combined the weight of a team's top four fish from four Treasure Island Charities events and the King of the Beach spring and fall tournaments. Penny and crew were second in the challenge.

Dellane won the junior division with a 27.88-pound king, and Rebecca Smith topped the women's division with 24.34. Brett Norris won the single-engine division with 31.30, and Snibbe won the King of the Beach Spring/Fall aggregate contest with 71.40.

David A. Brown covers area fishing tournaments and can be reached at tightlinecomm@aol.com