Frohlich said they were more than a little stunned to win the tournament, considering the competition they were up against and the fact it was his first tarpon tournament.
“We knew the bite had been slow the last couple of nights, but we also knew the tarpon couldn’t resist coming to the Elusive Tiger Shad,” he said. “I have a ton of respect for the live-baiters, and I had no expectation of winning against those guys. But the fish were up on the hill, and that’s an easy place for us to get up to. We got on the pods coming back in the Pass, hooked up, lost one, then hooked up a second time and fought the fish into the Pass. We were right west of the concrete docks over the shoal when the fish came up. We probably fought it for 15 minutes before we got the leader release.
“Basically, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. We threw a crab, and that tarpon just bit.”View More images >>
Frohlich estimated that Joellen’s fish weighed around 130 to 140 pounds.
Second place winners were the “Let’s Go Fishin” team aboard Capt. Van Hubbard’s boat with a release at 5:52 p.m. The team included Team Leader Kathy Lingenfler, Kelly Krieger, Nancy Krieger and Holly Bueller.
The award for “Individual Angler With the Most Releases” went to Joellen Morris with the Elusive Tiger Shad Team. (Since there was one tarpon caught per boat, the award goes to the first tarpon caught.)
The team spirit award was given to the ladies aboard The Witness, including Caroline Clark, Julianne Greenberg, Erin Starr and Becky Paterson. They donated their prize, a sunset boat ride with Cavana Cruises, to the tournament organizers.
There was a little excitement in another part of the Pass as well. A hook-up for the Nautigals team (Capt. Brian Ball) brought with it a release at 5:24 p.m., but it was disqualified due to an unwelcome visitor ... a hammerhead.
The angler who caught the fish, Candy Brooks, was still pretty impressed with the action.
“We saw this big dorsal fin coming by when the fish was still hooked up,” she said. “I was on it a good half-hour, we got some pictures of it in the water, and all of a sudden it was like National Geographic. It was the biggest fin I’ve ever seen. I am just so happy to be able to have fished the tournament and gotten a tarpon.”
The first-prize anglers each received a $200 Aqua Boutique gift certificate, massages from All About You Salon & Spa and a tarpon pendant from Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair. They also had their team listed on the perpetual trophy that is kept in the Boca Grande Chamber’s office, as well as individual trophies from Englewood Glass & Mirror. They also received a $500 cash prize.
Capt. Frohlich received a box of cigars from Dolphin Cove, a trophy from Englewood Glass & Mirror, a YETI Cooler from Key Agency and a $100 gift card from Zydeco Grille.
The second place anglers each got jewelry from Salt Tales (artist Angie Mills’ business), as well as trophies from Englewood Glass & Mirror. Their captain received a YETI Cooler from the Barnichol, a trophy from Englewood Glass & Mirror, and a $100 gift card from Zydeco Grille.
The individual angler prize was a framed print of the official Ladies Day poster created by artist Kelly Reark, and a silver tarpon necklace from Chantique Designs by Stephanie Ryder.
Other releases included:• 6:30 p.m., Boca Blue team• 6:36 p.m. Blaze team• 7:06 p.m. Hey, Moma! team
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