Florida Angler’s 34.30-Pound Fish Wins Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament

STOCK ISLAND, Florida Keys — Team Off the Rock earned first place in the Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament after Mark Palumbo of Naples, Florida, boated a 34.30-pound dolphin fish. Hosted by volunteers on behalf of the Florida Keys Police Benevolent Association, the tournament concluded June 30 after two days of fishing. 

The Off the Rock team was guided by Captain Brad Nowicki of Sugarloaf Shores in the Lower Florida Keys. 

Finishing second in the angling challenge was the Triple J team skippered by Captain Jason Johnson of Key West, Florida. As well as captaining the boat, Johnson caught the 33.28-pound dolphin fish that earned the team its second-place honors.   

Max Mobley of Key West tallied a 24.58-pound dolphin that landed team No Doubt in third place. The team was guided by Captain Desi Perez III of Rockland Key, Florida. 

Marilyn Deno was named top female angler for her 13.94-pound fish caught on the Half Time with her husband, Captain Spencer Deno III, at the helm. Both live in Miami, Florida. 

Eleven-year-old Corbon Liechty of Marathon, Florida, brought in a 13.4-pound dolphin while fishing on the Touché to earn the title of top junior angler. The boat was skippered by Joe Allen from Biloxi, Mississippi. 

A field of 25 boats fished the tournament. At the event’s close, a check for $25,000 was presented to representatives of the Autism Society of the Keys, dedicated to improving the lives of people affected with autism and their families. 

Team Off the Rock earned first place in the Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament after Mark Palumbo of Naples, Florida, boated a 34.30-pound dolphin fish.

Team Off the Rock earned first place in the Florida Keys PBA Dolphin Tournament after Mark Palumbo of Naples, Florida, boated a 34.30-pound dolphin fish.

This article was updated on July 2, 2024 at 4:51 PM
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