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Ladies triumph over tarpon in women’s fly series

Ladies triumph over tarpon in women's fly series

June 19, 2009
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Kathy Hoar of Hanover, Penn., was named grand champion at the Women’s Fly Series – Tarpon that ended June 12 in Islamorada.

Hoar released five fish over the tournament’s three days of fly fishing — two the first day, two on day two and one final fish on day three. She credits her guide, Tad Burke of Islamorada, for his skills.

“My batting average wasn’t so hot, but Tad put me right over lots of ‘bitey fish,’ like my son calls them,” Hoar said.

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Adelaide Skoglund of Key Largo, Fla., was first runner-up, releasing two tarpon while fishing with Captain Andy Thompson of Homestead, Fla.

Her last fish was caught just ahead of the final catch scored by Jayne Kilpatrick of Summerland Key, Fla. Kilpatrick, who was guided by Captain Joe Rodriquez of Homestead, was named second runner-up with two tarpon.

Only tarpon measuring a minimum of 48 inches in length were counted for points and all anglers used 16-pound tippet.

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A small but hardy field of five boats and five anglers released a total of 11 fish during the women-only challenge.

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