By LARRY BLUE
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 9, 2001
Kenny Garrett and teammate Larry Mastry had taken up position near Long Boat Key, looking for a big king mackerel in the Billy's Stonecrab and Seafood Restaurant Spring Kingfish Tournament.
"As soon as the second bait hit the water ... the first rod sounded off from the strike of a very big fish," Garrett said. "Larry was still rigging the rods to use."
At just a few minutes after 7 a.m. Saturday, the fish took their bait. The 47.25-pound king mackerel would prove to be the only bite they would have for the day.
According to Mastry, "We were fishing where we thought the big fish should be. Just got lucky and capitalized on what we got."
The fish netted Mastry and Garrett $2,800 for the first-place king mackerel.
Second place went to Geoffrey Everhart with a 34.85-pound king mackerel. Edged out by 15/100th of a pound, John Sackett dropped to third with his 34.7-pound fish.
Christina Kurant, 12, fishing in the women's division, took first with a 23.2-pound king. It was Christina's first tournament and her prize was a gold kingfish pendant.
"Better luck next time" goes out to Bill Clark. Fishing around channel markers 5 and 6 for kingfish, Clark hooked a 76.25-pound sailfish. After a 35-minute battle on spinning tackle, the fish finally came boatside. Clark tried to revive the sailfish, but when efforts failed, he brought it onboard and returned to port. This weekend is the Rotary of Clearwater's Kingfish Tournament.
- To report tournament information, contact Capt. Larry Blue (727) 397-3773 or e-mail, CaptLBlue@aol.com.