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Anglers with the Gone Fishing hold up their three fish, totaling 17.6 pounds.

The Gone Fishing reeled in three fish totaling 17.6 pounds to win the Florida Keys Elks Lodge’s 10th annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament on June 8. Captained by Brian Barrus, winning anglers were Robyn Frick, Sherri Santese and Aimee Anderson.

Santese’s 10.3-pound dolphin was the largest of the tournament, netting her $1,000 along and a gold sailfish pendant from DePaula Jewelers. First-place winners received tiaras and trophies sponsored by Upper Keys Marine Construction and bouquets of flowers from Key Largo Florist. A large travel bag full of valuable prizes from local merchants and a check for $3,000 were also presented to the winner. 

A total of 83 anglers boarded 31 boats for the day-long tournament hosted by Stormtech Restoration.

Team “Waffle Crappers” came in second with anglers Ashley Fernandez and Elizabeth Keeskes weighing in three fish with a combined total of 17.2 pounds. Third place went to anglers Jolene Allison and Christina Veath, who weighed three fish totaling 15.5 pounds.

Victoria Puente, 15, was crowned top junior angler, fishing with Capt. Jim Puente and Mark Aiken on the Bottom Line.

“It was great to be able to fill our top 10 winners’ bags with such wonderful items from businesses throughout the Upper Keys,” said Dianne Harbaugh, tournament director. “The Elks have such worthy charities that this event will help to support, including scholarships and a summer camp for local students. The success of this event was the result of a lot of hard work from a great team of people who all came together and put on a tremendous show.”

More information is at www.floridakeyselks.com or at the lodge at MM 92.6, bayside.

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Winning anglers of the Gone Fishing, captained by Brian Barrus, reeled in 17.6 pounds worth of dolphin. ED CALE PHOTOGRAPHY/Contributed
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