Maryland Angler Wins Coconuts Dolphin Tournament
Tom Logan of Chestertown, Md, caught a 52.8-pound dolphin to take first place overall and earn a $10,000 grand prize in the 25th annual Coconuts Dolphin Tournament that ended Sunday, May 22.
Logan, a first-time Coconuts entrant, fished with three other anglers on the Tough Catch. The boat was skippered by Key Largo?s Captain Mark Schweiss.
?It was ideal weather, pleasant breezes,? said Logan, who landed his bull after trolling with dead ballyhoo. ?We just found a frigate (bird) and followed it.?
The Coconuts challenge was Logan?s first Florida Keys fishing tournament.
?Man, there?s lots of fish ? it?s prime time to be dolphin fishing down here,? said Logan. ?I will definitely fish (this tournament) next year.?
Mike Mora of North Miami Beach, Fla., came in second overall with a 44.1-pound dolphin. He landed it on the first day of fishing on Off the Air, winning $2,000.
Fishing on the Grill ?Em, Ryan Evers from Franklin, N.C., finished third and earned $1,000 for his 38.7-pound fish.
Coral Gables, Fla., resident Jackie Alvarez won the ladies? division and $1,000 for her 26.0-pound dolphin caught while fishing aboard the Rez Kill.
A field of 324 anglers entered the Coconuts event, traditionally one of the largest tournaments in South Florida. Organizers reported that numerous big fish were caught, and 75 were weighed in during the two-day tournament.