Frick & Frack leads Pom­pano Rodeo

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - SPORTS - By SteveWaters Staff writer

POM­PANO BEACH Af­ter catch­ing 222 pounds of dol­phin, king­fish and black­fin tuna Fri­day to take the first-day lead, Frick & Frack could make his­tory in the 52nd an­nual Pom­pano Beach Fish­ing Rodeo.

Frick & Frack is one of two teams to have won the Rodeo’s top boat ti­tle three times. A vic­tory Satur­day for Capt. Jimmy David and his team would give them four ti­tles. The de­fend­ing cham­pion, Frick & Frack also won in 2014 and in 2009.

But right be­hind at 219.8 is Capt. Art Sapp’s Na­tive Son, which is the other boat with three Rodeo vic­to­ries, in 2003, 2005 and 2010.

Capt. Jim Oliver and his crew on Blue Moon were third at 218.2. Dou­ble Down was fourth at 213.7, which in­cluded a 44-pound king, the big­gest fish of the day. QBwas fifth at195.5on­a­day whenseaswere4-6 feet, the north cur­rent­was rip­ping at 4 knots and the fish were bit­ing.

“Wewere hop­ingwe had 200 pounds,” said David, whose to­tal in­cluded two dol­phin, two king­fish and two black­fin tu­nas caught by his wife, Debbi; a dol­phin and two tu­nas caught by their daugh­ter, Lau­rel; anda 32.8-pound king­fish caught by their son James af­ter it ate a short kite bait.

David said their fish­were caught live-bait­ing from Boyn­ton Beach to the Break­ers in Palm Beach while drift­ing in from 200 feet. They also had two small yel­lowfin tu­nas, which did not count, and hooked a gi­ant bluefin tuna es­ti­mated at more than 300 pounds.

“We ac­tu­ally had two black­fins and the bluefin on at the same time,” said David, who didn’t care that the bluefin got away be­cause his an­glers caught both black­fins.

Sapp said he and his crew “fished all over the place” from 300 feet in. Na­tive Son weighed four kings, four tu­nas and two dol­phin.

Oliver said Blue Moon caught its four tu­nas and four king­fish, which in­cluded kings of 33.9 and 31.2 landed by Corey McBride, fish­ing gog­gle-eyes and sar­dines by LakeWorth Pier.

“We had a lot of small tu­nas and we had to weed through them to get the big­ger ones,” Oliver said. “Our king­fish were spo­radic: one here, one there, but we man­aged to get some nice ones.

“At least we a shot.”

The 22-boat fleet fishes Satur­day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The weigh-in at Als­dorf Boat Ramp Park, which is open to the pub­lic, is noon to 4 p.m., fol­lowed by live mu­sic from 5-7 and 8-10. gave our­selves

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