SOUTH­ERN RUN WINS SIL­VER SAIL FISH DERBY WITH BIG SECONDDAY

The his­toric tour­na­ment also comes down to the fi­nal hour of fish­ing

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

The crew fish­ing from South­ern Run re­leased 12 sail­fish on the se­cond day — and one in the fi­nal hour — to win this year’s Sil­ver Sail­fish Derby by just one re­lease.

The crew aboard the 41-foot Ba­hama Boat­works only had five re­leases af­ter the first day of the two-day tour­na­ment, held Jan­uary 11-12 out of Palm Beach In­let, Flor­ida. Old No. 7 and Remix/

Free­bird were tied, with eight re­leases. The turn­around on Day Two helped the South­ern Run team tie the teams from

Remix/Free­bird, Na­tive Son and Reel Cap­ti­vat­ing, with 16 re­leases apiece. Heavy rain, strong winds and build­ing seas chal­lenged the fleet in the fi­nal half-hour and made kite-fish­ing dif­fi­cult, but the South­ern Run team de­ployed a threadfin her­ring off the bow on a spin­ning rod just to keep a bait in the wa­ter, and on the off chance, they struck gold.

A sail­fish bit with just min­utes re­main­ing in the tour­na­ment, hosted by the West Palm Beach Fish­ing Club.

Remix/Free­bird fin­ished se­cond, with 16 re­leases. The crew aboard the 42-foot In­vin­ci­ble placed se­cond on time, catch­ing its last sail­fish be­fore the Na­tive Son team caught its 16th and fi­nal sail­fish to take home third place. The Old No. 7 team also had 16 re­leases and placed fourth, while Reel Cap­ti­vat­ing fin­ished fifth, with 14 re­leases.

The first day’s fish­ing was slow, with no team hav­ing more than eight sail­fish re­leases, and a to­tal of 142 re­leases for the fleet. On Day Two, four teams re­leased at least 10 sail­fish, and 175 to­tal sails were re­leased.

The 41-boat fleet re­leased 317 sail­fish, 47 of which were tagged. Mike Simko, of

Kite Keeper, had 10 re­leases, the most of any in­di­vid­ual an­gler. The Sil­ver Sail­fish Derby, a sport-fish­ing sta­ple since 1935, is the old­est sail­fish tour­na­ment in the world.

With 12 sail­fish re­leases on the fi­nal day, South­ern Run emerged vic­to­ri­ous in this year’s Sil­ver Sail­fish Derby.

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