Fwd: Winners of the 1st Annual Sports Fishing Tournament of Nueva Esparta state – Isla Margarita, Venezuela‏

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Great Job Larry! Nice fish – looks like great fun.

Larry’s account:

Dawn patrol – we were up at 2:30 AM on Saturday, and when the horn sounded at 5 AM we took off along with 28 other boats racing in various directions to try to win the very first Nueva Esparta state fishing championship. I had just installed my new seats with a four point harness the week before and I was totally comfortable as we flew across the water at 30-35 knots towards the Los Hermanos islands about 70 miles away (116 km). We arrived there before all the other boats and began to do our “damage” while high-speed trolling for Wahoo. We fished until 2 o’clock and arrived back at the dock after 12 hours and over 150 miles of travel just before the 5 o’clock deadline with our catch: 4 Wahoo,1 Dorado, 3 Albacore and 2 small barracuda. There were a lot of people in the Marina waiting for each boat to arrive and to see all the fish at the weigh-in. When all was said and done we made an almost clean sweep winning five awards: 1st Place overall with 72 kg (158 lbs.), 1st Place biggest fish – Wahoo 25 lbs. caught by Fonsi, 1st Place young fisherman – Nico with 2 Wahoo at 22 pounds each and 1 Dorado at about 22 pounds, and I won the trophy for Sporting Spirit and the Marina presented me with a trophy for Nautical Spirit. The awards were presented that night at the Bora Bora restaurant by the governor of Nueva Esparta state. Our team was definitely the crowd favorite and even the other competitors were happy that we one! The whole team partied until late in the evening, some until the next morning, even though most of us had had only a couple hours of sleep the night before! It was a blast!

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank my whole team and everybody that helped me in one way or another to get the boat ready for the competition – you know who you are! I would especially like to thank my dad, Ed Manes, his friend Hector and my friend Sam for helping me to measure and design the installation of the new seats for the boat. Without all your help and efforts I would never have been able to make this happen! So a giant thank you for that!!

it’s a beautiful world, baby

Larry

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