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Captain's Corner: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup

Tarpon tourney: The 10-weekend, 77th annual all-release Suncoast Tarpon Roundup ended Saturday. Mike Clark bested the field by releasing a whopping 22 silver kings during the tourney. The junior division winner was Logan Clark, who released six. Mike and Logan also took home the adult/child trophy. In the women's division, Mary Quinette took the top spot with 11 released tarpon.

In no doubt the hardest category, the landlubber division, James Roehm won by releasing seven tarpon. These savvy anglers who fish from bridges and piers use methods unknown to common tarpon anglers. Catching a tarpon is no easy task, let alone doing it from a stationary structure. Sunday was the finale for junior division anglers who recorded at least one release during the tournament. These anglers competed head to head in a one-day shootout. Logan Clark, Kenny Balseca II and Gavin McLay were the three who qualified for the one-day tournament. Balseca, fishing with David Rhea, was the only junior who released a tarpon during the event. Balseca caught his winner in an area known by regulars as the old Westing­house area. He also won last year's junior finale day. The regular finale day is 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; it's the climax of the tournament.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at or (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Suncoast Tarpon Roundup 07/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:27pm]
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