Aboud reels in heaviest tarpon
Friday, August 3 2012
Jimmy Aboud of Team Outcast reeled in a 198 pound tarpon on the weekend to earn him the $10,000 prize for Heaviest Tarpon as well as the Champion Angler award at the Trini Tarpon Tournament held recently.
For his catch, Aboud also earned 3570 points winning an additional $15,000, King Sailfish Mounts Trophy, framed original pencil artwork from artist Jeremy Lewis, Costa Sunglasses, Budget Marine gift basket, Carib beer, Marlin t-shirts, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman hats. Outcast teammates included John Paul Debs, Jordan Aboud, Peter Aboud, Jimmy Aboud Michael Matouk and Nobile Marquez.
The tournament was held in a big fish format that provides 100-points for releases, 200 additional bonus points for fish released over the 4’ fork length and 10 points per pound for fish 150 pounds or larger. All fish are weighed alive in a sling and then released. Two land-based scale locations and a mobile weigh boat are utilised to weigh the fish quickly. All released fish are verified by digital photos. A total of 115 tarpon were caught of which 86 were over 4’in length.
Team Outcast released two more tarpons over four feet and weighed another fish at 154 pounds for Aboud.
The first place team honours went to Play Hooky with captain Jonathan De La Rosa and anglers scoring 7710 points from 17 releases of which 16 were over 4’ and three weighed fish including 137 lbs and 167 lbs for Michal De Freitas and 179 pounds for Melvin Kluft, with teammates Curt Darnault and Jarl Jiealooi.
Team Play Hooky won $8,000, wood box mounted and framed tarpon photo, budget marine basket, Sabile lures, Marlin t-shirt, Sports and Games $1,000 gift certificate, Carib beer and an invitation to the Offshore World Championship to be held in Quepos Costa Rica 2013.
Coming in second was team Mapipire fishing on Pick II scoring 5890 points from 15 releases of which 13 were over 4’ and one weighed fish at 194 pounds for angler Dean Fackory.
Teammates included Marc Telfer, Miguel Navarro, Dominic Wallace, and Travis Ali. They won $4,000, wood box mounted and framed tarpon photo Budget Marine gift basket, Sabile lures, Marlin shirt, Carib beer and a Sports and Games $1,000 gift certificate.
Third place went to Ramajay scoring 5,450 points from 25 releases of which 14 were over 4’. The team, which included anglers Chad Chu Cheong, Josh Lewis and Michael Ross and Stephanie Thavenot, won $2,000, wood box mounted and framed tarpon photo, Budget Marine Gift Basket, Sabile lures, Marlin Magazine t-shirt, Carib beer and Gatorade.
The Top Female angler was Stephanie Thavenot scoring 750 points from five released fish while the top Junior Angler went to Winfield Aleong scoring 1350 points on Ega Beaver.