Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins reel in funds for community at fishing tournament


Dolphins players floated out from Miami Beach to try and land the biggest catch – and a nice jackpot for the local community.

Special to The Miami Herald

With a 47.9-pound kingfish caught by Dolphins linebacker Lee Robinson, team Qualifier — skippered by Terry Claus — came out with the heaviest catch for the second year in a row in the Miami Dolphins’ Foundation Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament at Miami Beach Marina.

The newly-signed 6-2, 253-pound linebacker fought for 30 minutes to bring in the mammoth game-winning catch.

“I have done a lot of freshwater fishing but this was my second time saltwater fishing,” Robinson said.

“Now I think I am addicted. The crew did some amazing things.”

Robinson had an impressive day overall with a total of three kingfish and nine sailfish released.

“We have had Brian Hartline on the boat the past couple years, but I think he lost his spot to Lee,” Qualifier team member Trey Claus said.

While the Qualifier fishing team may have had the heaviest catch, it was team Showtime that came ahead — out-fishing over 80 teams in the one-day tournament.

With 128.3 pounds, Showtime was 22.6 pounds ahead of the second-place team Cheesie Fishing.

Assistant offensive line coach Chris Mosley caught the largest tuna, which weighed 34.6 pounds.

Miami’s Humbert Ruiz caught the next heaviest fish, a 31.6-pound dolphin.

The leading lady angler was Barbara Rodriquez, of the Reel Deal crew, who caught a total of 32 pounds.

Jeff Ireland’s son Riley was the top junior with a 28.7-pound tuna.

The foundation has raised over $11 million for the local community in the 17 years of the tournament, and expects to have raised more than $800,000 this year.

“We had over 80 boats and it was a beautiful day weather wise,” Fins Weekend Chairman Jeff Peck said.

“We had a lot of big fish at Hooters weigh-in at the dock and we raised a great deal of money for our foundation that will greatly impact the South Florida community.”

Top team results: Showtime 128.3, Cheesie Fishing 105.7, Angler Management 99.4.

Top fish: Hubert Ruiz (AFishianado), 31.6-pound dolphin; Chris Moseley (Cheesie Fishing), 34.6 tuna; Lee Robinson (Qualifier), 47.9 kingfish; Justine Plaza (Dread Knot), 21.1 wahoo; Top lady angler: Barbara Rodriquez (Reel Deal), 32.0 total pounds; Top Junior: Riley Ireland (Just Do It), 28.7 total pounds.

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