Record 217-pound Tarpon weighed at Boca Grande.
For spectacle, action, color and crowds few events in tournament fishing can match The Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) at Boca Grande. It's the pre-eminent tarpon catching showdown in the world and it draws some of the best tarpon anglers in our state. In this year's series, the sixth season, Capt. Artie Price and his Miller's Ale House team added new dash to PTTS lore when they weighed the heaviest live-release tarpon ever recorded in competition.
Price and his team logged the 217-pounder on May 31, at the third of five PTTS regular season competitions.
"We let a 140-pound fish go early, and that decision paid off," Price later said. Teams are allowed to weigh only one tarpon per event. "We knew it was going to take 200 pounds to win."
Price and his Team Miller's Ale House, also consisting of Capt. Greg Devault, Capt. Jon Turner, and Frank Massaro, all of New Port Richey, won and took home a Century 2102 Inshore powered by a Yamaha F150 four-stroke motor and Continental aluminum trailer. They also went on to win the PTTS Yamaha Team of the Year title.
On the weekend of June 14, PTTS held its Tarpon Cup Championship. The top 25 teams in the race for Team of the Year competed in a five-hour competition. The heaviest two-fish weight total took the title. Capt. Nick Winger and crew of Capt. Lori Deaton, Rodney Taucher and Mike Kopel of Team Angler won the Tarpon Cup with a two-fish weight of 242 pounds, taking home a total prize package valued at $45,000.
"This year was by far the best fishing we have ever had," said Joe Mercurio, PTTS TV host. "The competition level is the highest it's ever been and it shows by the number and size of the fish landed. Next year should be even better."
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|Title Annotation:||Tournament Insider|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2009|
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