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South Florida Anglers Win Islamorada’s IFC Sailfish Tournament

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Captain Ryan Alexander of Cutler Bay, Florida, led his team aboard Hell Reyzer to win the 2021 Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament that ended Jan. 20.         

Team anglers Juan Vilorio, Eric Darvill and Victor Paneda, all from Cutler Bay, together released five sails to clinch top honors and a $24,000 winner-take-all payout.

Captain KC Spaulding of the Caribsea led anglers Clint Rodamer of Marathon, Florida, and Kenny Spaulding and Lee Gahagen, both from Islamorada, Florida, to second place with four sails on time.

Yabba Dabba Doo, captained by James Hagen, earned third-place honors with four releases, and team angler Robert Richardson Sr. took the top angler title with three sailfish.

Tournament organizers reported that 70 anglers aboard 24 boats released 36 sailfish during the two-day competition.

The IFC Sailfish Tournament is the second leg of the three-event Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series. The series began with December’s Islamorada Sailfish Tournament and concludes with the Cheeca Presidential Sailfish Tournament set for Jan. 22-24, when an overall Gold Cup Series champion is to be crowned.

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This article was updated on January 21, 2021 at 12:21 PM
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