Wild Action on Day 2 of World Sailfish Championship

One of the many boats taking part in the World Sailfish Championship.

Captain Chester Sims? Lights Out team released 10 sailfish Thursday, the second fishing day of Key West?s World Sailfish Championship, leaping from 18th place to first place.

Despite a disappointing first day with only two releases, the team caught fish steadily the second of three fishing days, racking up a two-day score of 12 releases in the tournament whose prize purse just exceeds $1 million.

Based in North Key Largo, Fla., the Lights Out team includes owner Bill Haugland of New York City, Richie Kornahrens and Randy Weichbrodt of Long Island, N.Y., Guy Moseley of Key Largo as well as Tyler Morris, Carlos Smith and Shay Danzig.

Just one fish behind is Team Sandman with a two-day total of 11 releases. Led by Miami skipper Neil Orange, Sandman scored 10 releases Thursday, after ending the first day in 28th place with a single release.

?Today everything jelled,? said Orange. ?We did catch a couple of fish right off the get start, which helped us focus in a certain little area.

?Being able to get a couple of bites early like that, you can kind of stay and get your mind right, and it ended up paying off and we caught 10 for the day,? he said.

The team consists of boat owner Sandra MacMillan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jason Roe of Fort Lauderdale, Domie Adames of Miami, and Robby Waddick, Corey Ryan and Wes Stevens all of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Anglers on Ray Rosher?s Miss Britt released seven fish Thursday, ending the day in third place with a two-day total of 10 releases. The Miami-based team includes owner Jack Collins, Charmain Rosher, Alex Castellanos, Markian Galadza, J.T. Thackwray, Billy Casanave and Tom Weaver.

Anglers on 71 boats released 155 sails on the second fishing day, bringing the tournament tally to 220. Fishing is to conclude Saturday following Friday?s lay day.

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