As the first day of fishing ended in the 2014 SeaVee/Mercury Mayor’s Cup Bill Fish Tournament on Friday, team Notorious holds the lead over the Rockstar OG team with the fastest time since both are tied with eight releases.
Team Just Do It, the winning crew in 2013 which won more than $55,000 in prize money, is only down by three releases.
“We were south of Fowley Light by Triumph Reef most of the day,” Just Do It captain Brett Dudas said. “I believe the two top boats were fishing up north. I don’t think we saw a fish for the first four hours of the tournament. Mostly all singles, from 12:30 on. There was really no rhyme or reason for us.”
The top angler for the day was Ariel Pared of Top Vee with three sails released. He is tied in releases with five other anglers.
“We had a great day. We finished third overall, and I am top male angler at least for [Friday]; things may change [Saturday],” Pared said. “We fished the new SeaVee 430 Fish Around and used the new Shimano BFC reels that are insanely fast. We fished south and caught most of the fish on Google Eyes.”
The top female for the day was Just Do It’s Stephanie Gordon with just one release.
“Sometimes all it takes is one,” Gordon said.
Fishing will officially begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the call for lines-out at 3 p.m.
There will be a party dockside at Monty’s Raw Bar in Coconut Grove for spectators who would like to watch the teams come in or see the fun fish being weighed-in after 3 p.m., with the award ceremony at 6 p.m.
Go to www.mayorscuptournament.com for more information and live scoring.