Although receiver Brian Hartline was the top angler with a total of 43.6 pounds of fish caught at the annual Miami Dolphins’ Foundation Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, the crew on Family Therapy — skippered by Carlos Padron — won the first-place overall prize on Saturday.
Hartline — sailing along with skipper Terry Claus and crew mates Drew Fernandez, Alan Morrison, Terry Warnock, Kevin McCullough, Clint Highley, Zak Pearlman and Anthony Gage aboard Qualifier — caught the top dolphin (23.5 pounds) of the tournament as well as a second-place tuna (20.1 pounds) to earn the top angler award.
“We chased that tuna for 30 minutes,” Claus said. “It didn’t want to eat anything.”
Raul Gandarill, Robert Barker, Carlos Padron, David Loriea and Havi Gandarill amassed a total haul of 74.9 pounds aboard Family Therapy with skipper Padron to win the overall team event at the charity tournament.
Leon Suarez, 30, of Hialeah, aboard Top Gun, hooked the heaviest tuna of the day, a 24.4-pounder.
Angler Ian Vanmoor scored the biggest catch of the day — a 37.6-pound king fish.
Brie Gabriella won the female division with a total catch of 33.2 pounds.
Lauren Tannehill bested her husband, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, with an 18.9-pound tuna, the biggest in the female division.
Carlos Roca of team R&R caught the third-largest tuna (18.9 pounds) and finished in first place in the junior angler division.
The tournament, which is in its 18th year, continues to grow. More than 300 anglers and 70 teams participated this year.
“Once again, we had a fantastic turnout and a beautiful South Florida day for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament presented by the South Florida Chevy Dealers,” said tournament chairman Jeff Peck.
“We would like to thank all the boats and anglers that took part in this year’s tournament and especially those who participated at the Weigh-In presented by Hooters. The proceeds from this year’s tournament will continue to help our foundation have a lasting effect on the South Florida community.”