2024 MARATHON OFFSHORE BULL & COW TOURNAMENT SENDS 500 ANGLERS ON THE HUNT

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The annual Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament dispatched more than 500 anglers to the offshore depths off the Middle Keys on May 4 and 5, searching for three of the Keys’ most sought-after pelagic species. After weigh-ins on both days were complete, team Salt Shaker ended as the big winner of the weekend, nabbing the tournament’s largest bull mahi at 36.7 pounds en route to a largest bull and cow combined weight of 52.4 pounds.

THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Bull & Cow Dolphin Combined Weight

1. Salt Shaker – 52.4 lbs.

2. Hurricane Fever III – 47.7 lbs.

3. Double J – 42.7 lbs.

Largest Bull Dolphin

1. Salt Shaker – 36.7 lbs.

2. Double J – 33.9 lbs.

3. Hurricane Fever III – 26.8 lbs.

Largest Cow Dolphin

1. Two Conchs/ Capt. JC – 25.2 lbs.

2. Honey Maker – 23.1 lbs.

3. Hurricane Fever III – 20.9 lbs.

Three Largest Dolphin Combined Weight

1. Salt Shaker – 69.3 lbs.

2. Two Conchs/Capt. JC – 57 lbs.

3. Hurricane Fever III – 52 lbs.

Largest Wahoo

1. Kraken – 38.6 lbs.

2. Salty A.F. Dusky – 20 lbs.

3. Rapid Fire – 18.3 lbs.

Largest Blackfin Tuna

1. The Fourth Line – 18.7 lbs.

2. Moisture Missile – 13.6 lbs.

3. Show N Tail – 10.4 lbs.

Top Junior Angler

1. Jacey Rogers/Sea Ya – 19.2 lbs.

2. Liam/Moisture Missile – 12.4 lbs.

Top Female Angler

1. Haily Dally/Two Conchs – 25.2 lbs.

2. Yomalie Thon/TC Marine – 15.5 lbs.

Alex Rickert
Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.