Ocean Reef Cup

A Gentlemen's Tournament

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This past January, I had the pleasure of visiting Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo for the annual Ocean Reef Cup sailfish tournament. I had a great time fishing with the guys from Bertram on their beautiful new 54-foot sport-fishing yacht. Aerial photos courtesy of Mary Lee Presents Ocean Reef Properties
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There weren’t many sailfish around this year, but we did catch some other species. Here’s a little yellowfin tuna.unknown
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The Bertram fishing teamunknown
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Bill Begley was intent on not getting sunburned.unknown
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Bertram’s CEO, Alton Herndon, reeled in a really nice cero mackerel.unknown
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My room at the Inn came with its own golf cart. I got to cruise around the club when we got home from fishing each day. Here’s a view of the Fishing Village.
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Beautiful weather made for calm seas.unknown
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This helicopter swooped in on our way in and captured some shots of the boats.unknown
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John Lee's Reef Explorer
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Robert Ullberg, Bertram’s new VP of engineeringunknown
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A view of the Inn and nearby lake.
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Coming back to the marina makes for an interesting sight, because the channel makes the boats form a single-file line.unknown
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Lights Out
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When you get up to the point, onlookers literally cheer for you if you’re flying a release flag.unknown
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A perfect throw!unknown
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The live-bait sailfish guys use these holographic teasers on their dredges.unknown
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Sunrise off Key Largounknown
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Bill does a sailfish dance in an attempt to get them roused up.unknown
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The rest of the team fished for fun on our lay day.unknown
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Those holographic teasers look pretty in the water.unknown
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Jason Wood hooked onto a little dolphin.unknown
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Birds diving on a school of baitunknown
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