Fishing | Grove Slam

O-Sea-D grabs largest dolphin


Jorge Villar, aboard O-Sea-D, caught the winning 32.51-pound dolphin in 1,000 feet of water off Key Largo in the Grove Slam.

Anthony Alfonso and his six-member crew on O-Sea-D repeated as winners for the largest dolphin — 32.51 pounds — caught in the one-day Grove Slam on Saturday out of Shake-A-Leg Miami. The team collected $9,800. O-Sea-D won the same category in last year’s tournament with a dolphin of 42 pounds.

Team member Jorge Villar caught the winning fish in 1,000 feet of water off Key Largo.

“We saw the fish on a frigate [bird] and tossed the ballyhoo to him,” Alfonso said.

The five members on Sweet Revenge, owned by Erich Altaba, took top team honors, weighing five dolphin totaling 102.65 pounds. They won $10,000.

Sweet Revenge narrowly missed winning the big fish category with a 32.39-pound dolphin. Altaba said they caught all their fish before 10:30a.m. trolling skirted ballyhoo in 1,100 feet of water east of Fowey Light.

None in the fleet of 117 boats caught the specially-tagged five-pound schoolie that was released Wednesday by the tournament committee in 1,200 feet of water off Caesar Creek. If a competitor had recaptured the fish Saturday, he or she would have won $1 million.

However, Carlos Perozo and his three-member crew on Hicks and Spicks did catch a tagged dolphin in 800 feet of water off Molasses Reef. Perozo said he was “freaking out” when he saw the tag. But tournament director Tony Albelo took a look and said it didn’t belong to the Grove Slam, and that it likely was implanted as part of a cooperative dolphin tagging program based in South Carolina.

Other winners Saturday: Rezkill was the runner-up team with 97.14 pounds of dolphin worth $4,400; Carola Boges on Asian Pearl was top female with 30.40 pounds; and Carlos Ramos on Blackfin was top junior with 22.31. The crew of El Capitan boated the largest kingfish, 13.94 pounds. Chasin’ Tale had the largest wahoo at 13.20, and Blu Balls had the largest tuna, a 29.88-pound blackfin.

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