Heavy fight to the finish in Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo


Special to the Miami Herald

As the first day of fishing closes on the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, the team aboard the Wet Hooker is ahead of the field of 55 teams with 211 pounds.

In second is the team of Frick and Frack at a total weight of 190.8 pounds, and Glenda C is in third just about three pounds lighter.

Fishing will continue Sunday, and with just a 20-pound lead it will be a tough day of fishing for all of the teams in the tournaments.

In last year’s tournament, Doing It All won it all with 260.6 pounds.

Meanwhile in the individual categories, it can all comes down to ounces.

Gus Rhoudes, of the Glenda C crew, came with a 44.4-pound king — the heaviest catch of the day. His catch was five-tenths of an ounce heavier than Chris Wedswood, of Get R Wet.

Conched Out's Sean Norden had the biggest tuna at 37.8 pounds.

Michale Taras, aboard the Extractor, caught a 30.9-pound dolphin, the heaviest of the day.

The Rodeo, known for being one oldest sportsfishing tournaments in South Florida, is having a special memorial for the past radioman, committee member and longtime support of the tournament Steve 'Ebe' Ebert.

You can watch the fish being brought off the boats and weighed and the Wm. J. Alsdorf Boat Launching Park at 2974 NE 14th St., in Pompano Beach.


A fleet of 40 sailboats came out for the fourth annual Hospice Regatta by The Sea to qualify for the 2014 Hospice Regattas National Championship in efforts to raise support and awareness about the importance of hospice care.

In first place overall is Hobie 16 was Brett Moss, of Southwest, in the regatta which was held off the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Meanwhile in the youth division, Green Fleet’s Mark Modzelewski came in first, and Catherine Lindsay was first in the Championship Fleet.

The regatta was hosted by the Gulfstream Sailing Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club.

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    Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Fishing Charters out of Sebastian reported that catch-and-release fishing for snook with live baits and artificial lures day and night has been outstanding in and around the Sebastian Inlet all the way north to the Patrick Air Force Base. Redfish and a few permits are biting in the Sebastian Inlet and are being caught on small blue crabs. Along the beaches, tarpon, bonito, jacks and sharks can be targeted all the way to Port Canaveral. These fish have been feeding along the big baitfish schools. Offshore reef fishing has been good for cobias and mangrove snappers up to 12 pounds.

A large Goliath grouper nestled into the Bonaire shipwreck off Jupiter.


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    Dropping into the roiled, murky waters 60 feet deep off Jupiter Inlet on Monday, I heard the annual spawning aggregation of Goliath groupers before I actually saw it. Below me, I could barely make out the wreck of the MG 111 or the mottled, gentle giants that show up each year between late July and mid-October to keep their species going. But the Goliaths already had seen our group of divers and weren’t too happy about our visit. They emitted loud, bass booming noises that sound a little like gun reports – probably to alert each other and to warn us not to get too cozy.

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Under the sea:</span> The ferro cement sailboat Usikusiku sits 75 feet deep on the ocean floor after being deployed Tuesday as an artificial reef off Hollywood. It already is attracting marine life.


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    The 43-foot ferro cement sailboat doesn’t look very impressive sitting on the ocean floor about 75 feet deep off Hollywood. It’s plain and bare with no design flourishes.

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