Keys Tournament Benefits Research

From December 6 to 8, flats anglers in Key Largo reeled in much-needed funds to sponsor scientific research in the second annual Ocean Reef Club-Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited Backbone Classic. A group of 42 boats participated in the tournament, and the accompanying gala auction raised over $100,000.

John Dailey partnered with Capt. Andy Thompson to capture honors as Team Grand Champion. Mike Amelunk and Don Hilton aboard Capt. Mike Makowski's boat took second, and Bill Reed and Frank Catino came in third with Capt. Rick Ruoff. Dailey also  won the Individual Grand Champion trophy, with Catino placing second and Harey Karen with Capt. James Koch, third.

Fly-fishing icon Stu Apte kept his name in the winners circle by teaming with Steve Stanley and Capt. Rick Murphy to win the Pro-Celebrity Team Grand Champions, followed in second by Sandy Moret and Sandy Bishop with Capt. Steve Friedman and third by C.D. Clarke and Greg Fay with Capt. Len Roberts.

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