World Sailfish Championship Off to Close Start
Two teams finished the first day of the World Sailfish Championship Wednesday with four sailfish releases each, but team De-Bait-Able emerged in first place based on time.
Led by Captain Alex Adler of Islamorada the team released its fourth sail about three minutes before the call for lines-out -- and less than five minutes before their closest competitor?s fourth release.
De-Bait-Able teammates included Eric Soderholm of Palm Beach, Mike Walsh and Mike Lanigan of Delray Beach, Billy Walsh of Northampton Beach, N.H., Jay Lanigan of Gulf Stream, Fla., and Islamorada residents Nick Zeher and K.J. Zeher.
The De-Bait-Able team didn?t release its first fish until 2 p.m., followed by a second at 2:19 p.m. Fishing remained slow until just before lines-out at 3:30 p.m., when teammates scored the third and fourth releases two minute apart.
?The tide started coming in and they started feeding better,? said Adler. ?They were more aggressive ? throw your bait at them and they were biting it. It was the perfect scenario right at the end of the day.?
The High Standards team released its fourth sail at 3:31 p.m. to end the day in second place.
Captained by Nick Carullo of Miami, the team includes Miami residents Frankie Villasante Jr., Jeffrey Liederman, Josh Miller, Steve Fernandez, Mitch Lundeen and John Burke.
Team Wound Up released three sails, ending the day in third place based on time, besting eight other teams that also scored three releases apiece.
Skippered by John Dudas of Miami, the team includes Miami anglers Warren Sands and Robert Ramirez and Roy Huff, as well as Bill Danko of Cincinnati.
Anglers in the 71-boat field released 66 sailfish during the first day of fishing, tournament officials said.
The tournament continues Thursday, with a lay day Friday and the final day of competition set for Saturday.