• A celebration of life will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the IGFA Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach for Billy Bob Crosno of Hollywood, a well-known bass fishing guide and tournament competitor who died Jan. 11 of cancer at age 69.
Born William Henry Crosno on Jan. 9, 1944 in New Madrid, Missouri, he grew up in the Memphis area and competed in the early days of the B.A.S.S. professional fishing tournament circuit against legends of the sport including Bill Dance and Roland Martin.
After relocating to South Florida some years ago, Crosno took a job at the newly-open Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach in 1998. He sold fishing tackle, gave casting demonstrations in the central aquarium and served as in-house guide and pro staffer.
Crosno easily won over customers and co-workers with his folksy Southern charm and endless fishing anecdotes. He donated many fishing day escorting terminally-ill children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and disabled military veterans in South Florida lakes and canals.
• Miamian Wilfredo Paredes’ Sunquest topped the seven-boat PHRF C fleet in the 2013 Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, which concluded Friday. Paredes and his crew received their trophy in ceremonies Friday afternoon at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill in Key West.
Other class winners in the 160-mile race that began Wednesday: IRC: Bella Mente, Hap Fauth, Minneapolis; PHRF A: Different Drummer, Frank Atkinson, West Palm Beach; PHRF B: Mirage, Christian Schaumloffel, Virginia Beach; Multihull: Elvis, Jason Carroll, New York City.
Twenty-six of the 36 starters completed the course. Some planned to remain in the Island City for Sunday’s start of Quantum Key West 2013 — a week-long regatta featuring several classes of sailboats.
• In 2005, Georgia hair restoration surgeon John Cole injured his foot while snowboarding in Colorado.
It was then he decided to pursue a different winter activity, so he booked a trip to the Florida Keys.
Cole scored his first sailfish catch-and-release on that trip to Key Largo and has been hooked on sailfishing ever since.
On Saturday, his Viva La Vida team won the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament in Islamorada with nine releases.
The boat was skippered by Nick Ewald. Other anglers included Travis Upchurch of Tavernier, Jimmy Fickling of Islamorada and Eric Darville of Cutler Bay.
Three other teams finished with nine releases, but the Viva La Vida team scored their ninth fish first.
Finishing second was the Reel McCoy, skippered by George McElveen of Islamorada with anglers Larry Amyotte of Silver Springs, Sean Smith of Fort Lauderdale, Eric Overhardt of Key Largo, and Justin Miller of Islamorada.
In third was Silent Hunter, captained by James Platt with anglers B.J. Meyer, John Callion, Cody Darbie and Paula Marshall. The entire team is from Marathon, except for Marshall who also maintains a residence in Tulsa, Okla.
Anglers aboard 23 participating boats released 104 fish during the two-day contest, according to tournament director Liz Hill.