Roenick Tops 2021 Viking Key West Challenge

Great fishing highlights the popular event

Viking president Pat Healey (left) with the Roenick team, winners in Key West.Courtesy Viking Key West Challenge

Just eight minutes after lines in, ­Rosalie Apostoleres released a sailfish on the 50-foot Viking Roenick, the first release of the Viking Key West Challenge. A minute later, Capt. Casey Hunt called in a sail for her husband, Nick. That began a torrid two days of fishing for the team, who tallied an amazing 24 sailfish releases during the tournament to sweep nearly every position on the leaderboard: Top Boat, Top Angler, Top Lady Angler and Top Sailfish Boat, among many others. In addition to their tableful of trophies, the Apostoleres also won a Spot Zero mobile unit and Switlik Coastal Passage raft.

Game Changer, Robert Boyce’s Viking 80, had a strong Day Two with 10 ­sailfish releases, taking home second place in the sailfish division with a total of 15 releases. Boyce’s son, Matthew, had five of those to win the Top Junior Angler trophy. Fishing on his 72-foot Manna Ray, Jack Sheehan and his team rounded out the top three with 11 ­sailfish. The 50-boat fleet, which included four ­Valhalla center-consoles this year, also enjoyed a lay-day poolside barbecue, kid’s dock tournament, bar crawl, poker run and other festivities.

This article was originally published in the August/September issue of Marlin.