(May. 18, 2012 - MARATHON, Florida Keys)...
Rich Meyhew and Jeff and Ken Parker, all from Horseheads, N.Y., won the overall grand championship at the Faro Blanco Invitational Tarpon Tournament that ended May 11 in Marathon.
The trio released eight tarpon. Despite two other teams scoring the same number, the New York trio won top honors based on time.
The second-place team, also with eight fish, consisted of Mark Freeman of Northbrook, Ill., and Hearth Linders and Chip McGeehan, both from Marshfield, Mo.
Finishing third, with eight fish as well, were Tim McCoy and James Cashiola of Chelmsford, Mass.
According to the tournament’s round-robin format, each team fished with a different guide on each of the three nights of fishing. The teams also rotated fishing spots, hunting their tarpon at a different bridge location each night.
Top guide in the tournament was Captain Steve Demuth, who led his anglers to 14 fish. Captain John Callion finished second with 11 fish, while Captain Ed Bayer finished third with seven fish. All are Marathon residents.
A field of 79 anglers fishing from 31 boats released 125 tarpon during the challenge. Sixty-six releases were recorded at the Long Key Bridge, 17 at the Seven Mile Bridge and 42 at the Bahia Honda Bridge.
The popular tournament benefits the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program and raised $42,000, according to organizers.