Key West local and business owner Ed Johnston won the second annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship by weighing in a 46.8 lb. bull dolphin on the first day of the two-day tournament. This was Ed’s first tournament and after landing the “Slammer” fish it was decided to turn the “Signs Unlimited” boat towards Key West to make sure they got this prize fish to the weigh station in time.
Interesting thing is that Ed got the fish to the weigh station two and a half hours before it opened resulting in many paces up and down the dock! By taking first place the “Signs Unlimited” boat won the $15,000 first place prize along with an additional $7,148 in additional optional entries taking home a total of $22,148.00.
Second place went to team “Twin Bruddas” out of Fort Meyers lead by Andrew Kagen weighed in the next biggest dolphin at 45.6 lbs. winning a total of $7,422 in prizes.
Third place winner “The Natural” out of Marathon secured the $4,000 number three spot along with another $3,230 in additional optional entries when angler Reese Lewis landed a 44.3 lb bull dolphin earning him $7,230.00.
The second annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship had a total of 69 boats fished by 340 anglers throughout the entire Florida Keys. Even with the high winds both days, many large dolphin were landed and the top three positions were separated by a mere 2.5 lbs.
Many teams are already making plans for the third annual Florida Keys Dolphin Championship on May 15-17th 2015…