The 19th annual Key West Boats Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament drew 152 fishing teams this weekend and was won by Sweet Sarah, captained by Nick Russell (sees story, Page 1C). The weather was good and fishing was hot Friday, with two 43-plus-pounders weighed in at Ripley Light Yacht Club, including Sweet Sarah’s 43.93-pound winner. Hot bites were reported Friday at the Garden, Shady Grady and other well known king mackerel spots. Conditions worsened Saturday, with 4-5 foot waves in the morning and slow fishing all day. Very few fish were weighed in, and the leaderboard changed little. Above are some scenes from the captain’s meeting (photos by Marie Rodriguez) and the action offshore (photos by Matt Winter).
David Yates and Bryan Baxter
Clay Holladay, Valerie Sullivan and Chad Sullivan
Carrie Knight, Erin Ross and Karen Pootz
Crews clean up after the final day of fishing.
Saturday’s conditions deteriorated, with 4-5 foot seas.
The Mo’ Better crew works baits on the final day.
The crew of Beerability fishes at Shady Grady.
Judy Bee takes a last-minute in the shipping channel.