Smith Continues to Dominate Tarpon Tourneys


Greg Smith of Laguna Vista, Texas, has dominated Florida Keys tarpon tournaments in 2011, winning his latest grand champion title at the prestigious Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Tournament held June 20-24 in Islamorada.

Smith, fishing with Captain Bill Hagen of South Padre Island, Texas, posted five weight fish and 10 releases. Smith recently took top honors at the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament and the Florida Keys? Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament held in May.

Ned Johnson of Charleston, S.C., released 11 fish to land the tournament?s title for most releases. He also scored three weight fish to end the tournament in second place. Johnson?s guide was Captain Doug Kilpatrick of Summerland Key, Fla.

Mike Rioles from Richmond, R.I., took third place with one release and four weight fish. He also caught the tournament?s largest tarpon, at 131.2 pounds, and was named the event?s best new angler. Rioles fished with Captain Mark Krowka of Islamorada.

Twenty-five anglers fished the Gold Cup, capturing 108 tarpon counted as releases and 29 that weighed a minimum of 70 pounds each and were counted as weight fish.

The 2012 tournament is set for June 18-22.

For more tournament results, click here.

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