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Captain's corner

By LARRY BLUE

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000


Tommy Butler caught a world record mutton snapper, and teammates Mike Watts, Jeff Moore and Dan Gooden weighed in the winning amberjack and grouper at the 17th annual Charlie Rice Memorial Fishing Tournament at Gators Cafe and Saloon on Treasure Island.

Fishing with a pinfish in 224 feet of water about 84 miles offshore, Butler landed a 28.74-pound mutton snapper. The current record is 17 pounds, and the International Game Fish Association still must approve Butler's fish for it to become a record. The record certification could take several months.

Fishing aboard Butler's boat, Reality Check, the team's winning amberjack weighed 29.68 pounds, and the grouper weighed 33.6 pounds to clinch first place in all three offshore categories. Moore also won the Offshore Master Angler title.

Troy Nevitt won the Inshore Master Angler award for catching a snook, a speckled trout and a redfish -- the three required species. It's the third consecutive year he has won the inshore division.

Joe Maisano, Charlie Rice's great-grandson, landed a speckled trout and a redfish to take the Youth Inshore Master Angler award.

Jordan Gooden caught an amberjack, grouper and mangrove snapper to win the Youth Offshore Master Angler award.

- To get in touch with Larry Blue, call (727) 397-3773 or send him an e-mail, CaptLBlue@aol.com.

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