One of the four sailfish released by Poppy B on the final day of the Presidential Sailfish Tournament. Photo by Richard Gibson
Anglers Fenton Langston, Jimmy and Debbie David, and Jim Hendrix released a total of 12 sailfish over the two days of fishing to take home first place.
Angler Debbie David caught six of Relentless‘ 12 releases, taking home the Grand Champion Angler award and the first ever Top Lady Angler award given in honor of Jay Anna Cohan. Photo by Richard Gibson
Teams waiting for the “lines in” call on the radio to begin the tournament. Photo by Richard Gibson
Team Olympic Gold nets for liveys. Photo by Richard Gibson
Team Poppy B works the kites in anticipation of the bite. Photo by Richard Gibson
Glenn Law, editor-in-chief of Salt Water Sportsman, and Christopher Balogh, digital editor, both hooked up aboard the Poppy B.Photo by Richard Gibson
Scott Salyers, Bonnier fishing group publisher, and Andrew Cox, senior editor of Marlin, load up the kites and hope for the bite.
Team Poppy B prepares the kites.
Kite-fishing is considered one of the premier methods for targeting sailfish.
Live goggle-eyes were the choice of bait aboard the Poppy B.
First mate Scott Salyers uses a rubber-band bridle on a goggle-eye. Photo by Richard Gibson
Cheeca Lodge & Spa lit up for the captain’s meeting. Photo by Richard Gibson
Photo by Richard Gibson
Teams ride back home under Snake Creek bridge in Islamorada, Florida. Photo by Richard Gibson