Charles Carlos Duncan III of Houston won the event’s 12-pound tippet division, releasing 12 fish. Duncan fished with Captain Rob Fordyce of Homestead.
The 16-pound division winner was Kevin Lyden of Charleston, S.C., with Islamorada Captain Greg Poland at the helm. Lyden scored eight releases.
A field of 22 anglers representing South Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Colorado and Washington fished the tournament, releasing 82 tarpon.
The tournament is a major fundraiser for the Guide’s Trust Foundation that helps backcountry guides in times of need or hardship. The 2014 tournament is June 1-6.
Anglers are to pursue elusive permit at the Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament July 14-17 in Key West.
The contest honors the late angling legend Del Brown, widely considered to be the most successful permit fly-rodder in history. The inventor of the crablike Del Brown Permit Fly caught more than 500 permit during his lifetime.
The tournament angler who catches the largest total inches of permit on fly on the flats earns the title of grand champion and receives a bronze trophy created by noted South African sculptor Chris Bladen. Bronze trophies also await the runner-up angler, angler with the most bonefish releases and their guides.
The angler and guide that finish next in the standings each receives a wooden sculpture created by sculptor Mark Gottschalk of Vivid Arts in Eden Prairie, Minn., and the angler-and-guide duo that reels in the largest permit is to be awarded original paintings by Key West artist Adam Russell.
The fly-only Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament begins with a kick-off event and captains meeting at 6 p.m. July 14, at La Trattoria Oceanside, 3593 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Angling action is July 15-17. An awards ceremony is at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Highway on Stock Island.
Last year’s grand champion, Tony Nobregas of Islamorada and his guide Captain Rob Fordyce will return to defend their titles.
The tournament’s entry fee is $1,200 per angler. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Ain, one of fly fishing’s top permit anglers and the organizer of Key West’s March Merkin tournament, died in 2012.
Information and registration: www.delbrown.com or 305-360-6969 or 305-744-0903.
Sandra Forero of Sunny Isles won the women’s title during the Mack Cycle International Triathlon Trilogy No.1 at Virginia Key in Key Biscayne.
Forero covered the 0.33-mile swim, 20-mile bike and 6.2-mile run in 1 hour 48 minutes 27 seconds. Key Largo’s Andrea Stover was second in 1:50:59, and Miami’s Kristell Acosta was third in 1:55:06.
Mike Butler of Sunny Isles was the top male runner in 1:43:54. Miami’s Lee Zohlman was fourth in 1:48:24.
Top local finishers: Athena: Laura Kasper, Key West, 2:04:49. Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Emilio Novales, Miami, 1:59:01. Clydesdale 200 40+: 1. George Garcia, Miami, 2:06:10. Female: 25-29: 1. Gracelyn Cruden, Miami, 2:02:29. 35-39: 1. Marta Silva, Coral Gables, 1:56:56. 40-44: 1. Christy Lopez-Acevedo, Miami, 2:36:04. 50-54: 1. Barbara Wach, Miami, 2:14:45. Masters: Betsy Langan, Key West, 2:02:45. Male: 25-29: 1. Gabriel Saade, Miami, 1:47:41. 45-49: 1. Michael Soppelsa, Miami, 1:50:27. 55-59: 1. Gerard Wach, Miami, 2:09:52. 65-69: 1. Tim Regier, Miami, 2:02:47.