(June 14, 2019) Participation was down for the 23rd Mako Mania Tournament, held last weekend, as rough ocean conditions put a damper on the annual fishing competition.
“There was a lot wind, big seas and [waves] close together,” said Earl Conley, co-director of Mako Mania. “It just wasn’t fishable.”
Teams could fish two of three tournament days.
The best day for fishing was last Friday as all 18 tournament boats headed offshore. Sixteen went out on Saturday. Two were eligible to fish on Sunday.
“Friday was the best day. Saturday was really rough and Sunday was the worst of the three,” Conley said. “In the 15 years I’ve been involved, this was the lowest turnout.”
A total of $42,850 was awarded to tournament winners.
The payout wasn’t bad for a small tournament,” Conley said. “The faithful fishermen showed up to fish in it and had a good time. They enjoy fishing in the tournament.”
No mako sharks were boated.
The Just Fold team released four makos and won $21,185. They were also presented the W.W. Harman award for most released makos.
The Sea-Ment crew released three makos and was awarded $10,911.
The Just One More team released two makos and took home $7,274.
No thresher sharks were boated.
The Sea-Ment crew earned first place in the bluefish division with a 12.5-pounder. The group received $2,787.
The Reel Obsession team landed a 6.8-pound bluefish and won $693.
“I want to thank the sponsors and everyone involved – the crews, the captains and the mates,” Conley said. “They all got to fish at least one day and they had a good time.”
The event was presented by Bahia Marina Tournaments. Weigh-ins took place at Bahia Marina on 22nd Street, bayside.