Blessed Trinity Catholic Church held its first fishing tournament on Saturday, June 14 with a weigh-in at the field in front of the church. Dubbed the Inaugural EZ Verify Blessed Trinity Dolphin Slam, the tournament was organized by parishioners and led by Irandis Diaz.
Diaz said when he heard that the Miami Springs Optimist Club wasn’t going to have a fishing tournament this year, he figured Blessed Trinity could have one.
“I always thought it would be a good idea,” said Diaz. “The organizers also included Tony Silva, Robert Vico, Carlos Fox, the school principal, Father Alfaro, and everybody helped out.”
A total of 28 boats entered the event and the rules included a 6 a.m. start, no fishing in international waters and back to the church for a weigh-in by 5 p.m. Dolphin under 5 pounds weren’t eligible and cash prizes were awarded for the top three adults.
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A prize of $2,500 was given to the heaviest four or fewer fish; $1,500 for second place; and $1,000 for third place. Biggest fish prizes for juniors were donated by the Billy Bain family. First was $250, second was $125 and $75 for third.
The big winners on the day were Spencer Deno III’s boat Halftime, which brought in four dolphin totaling 36.5 pounds and the Deno clan, which included his sons Chris and Carl and grandchildren Alyssa and Spencer V, went home with $2,500 of jingle in their pocket
“The event is great for fishing, the community and the kids,” said Diaz. “And Tim Lyke of Incredible Fish was amazing. He provided the fish for the dinners and writes a check to the church for the fish that were caught and donated.”
Diaz said he hopes to make the BT Dolphin Slam an annual event.
“Blessed Trinity is the benefactor of this,” said Diaz. “EZ Verify is the official sponsor and we had a lot of other sponsors. But my wife Angie Flores helps me the most because she puts up with me and all the crazy things I do.”
Fred Suco of Woodys West End Tavern brought his mobile kitchen, “Woodys on the Go,” to cook fish dinners, and two bounce houses were available for children.
“Irandis worked with a committee and they did an amazing job,” said Father Jose Alfaro, pastor of Blessed Trinity. “I’m very happy with the success of this event.”
Taking second place with 25.4 pounds was Danny Bravo’s boat named No Name and third place went to the boat named EZ Verify with 20.4 pounds. In the junior angler division, Nicole Diaz was first with a 7.9 dolphin and Luis Perez was second with a 6.5-pound catch.
“It’s for the community and the kids,” said Diaz. “But please understand that I’m doing this with Jesus in my heart.”