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Tournament insider

By LARRY BLUE

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000


As the audience waited Sunday to see the big fish weighed in for the second annual Suncoast Kingfish Classic held at Hamlin's Landing in Indian Rocks Beach, many wondered why Team Hurra Kane was still in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway. Eventually they got to see what the grandstanding was all about as Jim Barber carried his 47.94-pound king mackerel to the scales.

Barber, who teamed with Steve Kane and Steve Humphries, said they were fishing in about 65 feet off Clearwater. They used a fresh blue runner for bait, and the winner was the only kingfish hit they had all day.

For the catch, Hurra Kane won a $25,000 19-foot Proline boat, motor and trailer.

The women's division was won by Keelie Oar (29.78). Thirteen-year-old Joe Maisano won the youth division (24.78) while fishing in 97 feet of water west of John's Pass. Maisano caught his fish with a well-placed cigar minnow.

There were 136 boats in this tournament. The next tournament is Friday-Sunday at Kingfish Wharf in Treasure Island. First prize is a $45,000 boat, motor and trailer.

- Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-3773, or e-mail at Captlblue@aol.com.

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