Dolphins players, coaches, alumni and anglers spent Saturday fishing in the 19th Annual Miami Dolphins Foundation Finsweekend Fishing Tournament.
Although most of the teams spent most of the breezy and choppy day trying to catch fish, in the end it came down to ounces, luck and good decisions.
Despite decent condition, there were few dolphin caught in the funfish tournament, which focused on kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.
In the end, it was the team of Tally Ho — with skipper Rick Simmons, Stephen Simmons, Carly Simmons and Chuck Bunch — with an overall weight of 98.3 pounds that won the event.
“We had three tunas, blckfins and kingfish,” Stephen Simmons said.
Although Tally Ho had the most weight, Austin Rice landed the largest tuna at 30.5 pounds, and his sister, Majory Rice, was the top female angler with a 25-pound kingfish.
The brother and sister duo from Miami Shores were on Bouncer’s Dusky, which narrowly missed winning the first-place prize of flying with the team to an away game on the team’s charter plane. But the Rices outfished most of the players participating.
“It was very quick-paced, then nothing,” Margory Rice said. “Then it started again.”
Said Bouncer’s Dusky captain Bouncer Smith: “We were fishing a kite with a helium balloon. We fished a goggle-eye and herring on that almost all day. On the other line, we were fishing herrings and pelchers on a flat line.
“We started 30 miles north and caught a lot of small kingfish. Then I heard from a friend who was catching 30-pounders further north, so we headed another 10 miles north. We went another 10 miles, and we couldn’t keep up.”
Many of the teams that headed south had little to no luck catching any of the tournament fish, but they were able to release a number of sailfish.
Team Qualifier won a special award for releasing a total of nine sailfish.
The tournament raised funds for the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which recently partnered with City Year Miami to provide $1 million over four years in educational support and mentoring to local Miami Gardens students.