Congratulations go out to Capt. Carter Andrews and his wife Heidi who competed in the 2014 Madfin Shark Tournament and won.
Capt. Carter is the well-known host of the new fishing show, The Obsession of Carter Andrews. He is travelling the world and fishing with old friends to bring to you the spirit of fishing adventure and sharing his obsession of fishing.
The Madfin shark series, now in its 8th year, is a one of a kind, shark-only release tournament where teams compete for the most points after three days of fishing the tropical waters of the Florida Keys. Teams, which now consist of fishing couples, will catch and release various species of sharks and rack up varing points by species.
The more dangerous the shark is considered, the more points you earn. Teams are only allowed to catch three sharks of any one species and they must be at least five feet to earn points. Sharks maybe caught by rod and reel, flyrod and handline, each with points added for difficulty.
“Hook removal will also gain critical points” said Carter. “If you leave hooks in a shark, it would be very difficult to win”. Teams must also alternate the job of angler and shark wrangler. Points for first, biggest and most sharks each day are also integral in gaining an edge on the competition. Carter also said “the performance of the new 39 SeaVee Z he was fishing was integral in our ability to cover lots of ground during some of the storm driven seas that teams were subjected too. The side door feature on the SeaVee was a huge benefit when handling these large sharks while removing the hooks and gently releasing them.”
Carter mentioned that he had fished Key West before, but had never been running the boat himself. He had fished the Madfin Tournament before and that past experience in these waters was a huge help.
“The key to our win was a little luck and studying the rules and figuring a strategy to maximize points each day. The highlight was when Heidi hooked the winning fish one minute before lines out on the last day.
That lemon shark put us over the edge for the win. It was very exciting and we have it all on film.”
The Madfin Shark Series will air on the Outdoor Channel in the near future and Capt. Carter will also have an episode of “The Obsession of Carter Andrews” using the exciting footage captured throughout the three days of fishing.
Congratulations to Capt. Carter and Heidi Andrews, we can’t wait to see it!
Learn more about Capt. Carter HERE