28 September 2021
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — After a weekend spent angling for trophy-size trout, redfish and snook, an angler from St. Petersburg, Florida, swept four first-place awards at the annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge that ended Sept. 26.
Jenni Pora Kent, guided by Miami’s Captain Benny Blanco, won the adult overall artificial division and backcountry champion titles with a combined total of 88.25 inches for one redfish, trout and snook.
Her 29.25-inch redfish and 38.5-inch snook won first place in each of the species’ individual divisions. Blanco was named the event’s top guide.
Pora Kent was among more than 50 anglers and hundreds of supporters, educators, mentors and Rotarians who helped raise over $40,000 in scholarship money, according to event organizers. Fundraising is the primary mission of the annual angling challenge.
Other winners included Holden Hodgdon of Hollywood, Florida, who fished with Captain Jake Leon. Hodgdon won the adult trout division with a 22-inch fish and placed second in the adult snook division.
Key Largo’s Shawn MacMullin won the pro division for a 75-inch combined total of redfish, snook and trout.
Nick Cano of Islamorada, Florida, topped both the junior division’s redfish and snook categories, self-guided, at 29.25 and 35 inches, respectively. Angel DeloSantos of Key Largo, fishing with Captain Tony DeloSantos, landed the junior division’s largest trout at 19.5 inches.
Captain Andrew Atwill led Isla Atwill, both of Key Largo, to win the kids’ division (age 12 and younger) with a 19-inch trout.
Presented by the Key Largo Rotary Club and the Key Largo Fishing Guides Association, the tournament supports local scholarships as well as Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program that awards four-year Florida Prepaid scholarships to economically disadvantaged seventh-grade students who meet the program’s academic and behavioral criteria.

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