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Barr’s 209.5-pound mako shark takes top tournament honors

(June 14, 2013) The weather forecast factored into the 30-boat turnout for the 17th annual Mako Mania fishing event, held June 7-9, presented by Bahia Marina Tournaments.

“Considering the weather, I think it went off very well,” tournament co-organizer Earl Conley said. “The weather didn’t turn out as bad as forecasted.”

Some teams backed out because of the weather forecast, Conley said.

Three boats headed offshore in search of mako sharks, threshers and bluefish in last Friday’s rainy weather. Twenty-seven fished Saturday and all 30 of the tournament boats went out on Sunday with clear skies.

Nine makos were boated during the three-day tournament. Kelly Barr hooked the largest, a 209.5-pounder, while fishing on Moore Bills Sunday. The mako was worth $14,787.50.

Victor Muzzatti’s 144.8-pound mako, caught Sunday, took second-place honors. Muzzatti and his Stress Reel-ief team were awarded $18,979.50 because of participation in added entry level calcuttas.

Ken Thompson reeled in a 143.2-pound mako aboard First & More on Sunday to finish in third place. Thompson and his teammates received $6,225.50.

Nate Beck brought the only tournament bluefish to the Bahia Marina scale on 22nd Street. He landed a 12.8-pounder last Saturday on No Limits. The fish was worth $5,437.50.

No thresher sharks were caught during the competition.

Stress Reel-ief anglers also received the $1,000 W.W. Harman Award for the most sharks released with five.

“I want to thank the Harman family for hosting another successful tournament and the captains, anglers and mates for participating,” Conley said.

Cheri Coley caught this 95.6-pound mako shark Sunday, the final day of the 17th annual Mako Mania fishing tournament. The fish, weighed at Bahia Marina on 22nd Streetm didn’t meet the 100-pound tournament minimum.

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