St. Petersburg Daily fishing report USA

Daily fishing report
By RICK FRAZIER, Times Correspondent Charlie Owens beat 149 others to win the 71st Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Kickoff Day Tournament Saturday. At Blind Pass, weigh master Jimmy Kelley said Owens’ fish was 179 pounds and 761/2 by 413/4 inches.

“The fish ate a shad and it took me about 30 minutes to get it in,” said Owens, the only one to weigh a tarpon, which as worth $2,000. “If anybody wants to know, I caught it in 61/2 feet of water at the same place where I won the tournament back in ’78.”

The Treasure Island Charities hosted the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Athletic League Kids Fishing Rodeo and Offshore Fishing Rodeo on Saturday.

Thirty-five youngsters caught, weighed and released 125 fish. The three with the heaviest aggregate won bicycles. Keshawn Danpier, who caught eight fish, was first. Second, with six fish, was Roshawn Brown, and third, also with eight, was Dante Danpier.

Anglers in the offshore rodeo sought snapper, grouper, amberjack and kingfish, competing for the $625 first prize and Master Angler Award for the highest total weight.

Git-R-Done took top honors in the grouper division, weighing a 53.50-pound gag. Voyager won with a 14.80-pound American red snapper. Comfortably Numb caught all four species, but only its 16.08-pound kingfish was at the top of the leaderboard. Reel Thing caught a 44.08-pound gag grouper, 11.60-pound American red snapper and 25.04-pound amberjack, earning the Master Angler Award. Its amberjack took first.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at 727 510-4376 or e-mail captainrick@luckydawg.com

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