Emmett Patterson and his son, Chris, from Hanover PA, were the first of three groups to fish with us for the 25th Annual Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament.
Because the bite has been so strong at the Bahia Honda bridges, that’s where we went to get our name on the leader board. No rookies to tarpon fishing, Emmett and Chris did an awesome job landing three of the five tarpon they hooked. Their efforts earned us fifth place for the day.
A definite highlight of the evening was the escapades of one of their hooked tarpon. It ran and jumped and performed so aggressively that it actually landed in one of the other boats in the tournament! No damage done to tarpon, boat or anglers, but the fish was disqualified as a catch!
According to the tournament’s round-robin format, each team fishes with a different guide on each of the three nights of fishing. The teams also rotate fishing spots, hunting their tarpon at a different bridge location each night.
Day three and four of the tournament were less spectacular for our anglers, but it was a pleasure to be involved in one of the premiere and longest running tournaments in Marathon!
Emmett and Chris Patterson went on to win the grand championship of the Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament. They landed eight tarpon to take top honors.
Overall, 100 anglers on 38 boats released 124 fish. Tournament organizers said the event raised $46,400 for the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program.