(June 11, 2021) One hundred thirty-seven anglers fished on 30 boats during the 24th annual Mako Mania tournament, held June 4-6.
“With 30 boats, I think it went just about as good as could be possible,” said Earl Conley, co-director of the event, hosted by Bahia Marina Tournaments. “I think people had a good time.”
With the forecast calling for six-foot waves and winds 18-20-knots, no teams fished last Friday. All 30 were eligible to fish Saturday and Sunday.
Unfortunately, participants reported that shark fishing was slow. They also had to deal with ribbonfish eating their bait before the sharks could get to it, Conley said.
The only mako shark brought to the Bahia Marina scale on 22nd Street, bayside, was landed by John Brittingham aboard Gulfstream. The 129.8-pound mako earned the crew $46,580.
Two thresher sharks were weighed.
The largest – a 410.2-pounder – was caught by Scott Gettier aboard Reel Fun. The fish was worth $12,462. Dennis Dieterle reeled in a 306.3-pound thresher while fishing on Jacked Up. The team was awarded $7,308.
First place in the mako release division went to the Side Piece team for two releases. The group won $2,200.
The Keep Er Wet and Mako Me Crazy teams both released one mako. The Keep Er Wet released their shark at 11:33 a.m., while Mako Me Crazy threw theirs back at 2:26 p.m.
The Keep Er Wet crew earned $5,967 (because of participation in more added entry-level calcuttas) and the Mako Me Crazy team received $3,609.
The Take Em crew was presented the W.W. Harman award for most makos released. The team released three and took home $1,500. The group was not entered in the added entry-level calcuttas for the mako release division.
The two bluefish on the leaderboard were caught on Reel Obsession. Ricky Windsor landed a 10-pound bluefish. It was worth $3,606. The other fish weighed four pounds and was worth $1,134.
A total of $84,366 was awarded to tournament winners.