15 December 2021
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Besting over 40 competitors age 16 and under, Parker Williamson and Andy Cone, ages 12 and 11, respectively, together captured top team honors at the annual Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament that ended Dec. 12.

Residents of Naples, Florida, and Islamorada, the duo released 10 sailfish for the win. They fished from Contagious with Cone’s father, veteran Florida Keys Captain Brian Cone, at the helm.

Williamson also was named the tournament’s grand champion high-point angler for his eight releases.
Second place went to team Caribsea led by Islamorada’s Captain Kenny Spaulding. Anglers Jack Krieg, Hudson Wampler, Michael Snyder, Cooper Slonin and Sawyer Slonin, all of Islamorada, released seven sailfish.

Overall, 41 anglers in 12 boats released a total of 39 sailfish, according to tournament organizer Tammie Gurgiolo.

The all-release challenge staged annually in Islamorada, widely known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World, helps inspire new and younger generations of anglers to enjoy and hone skills with friendly competition from across the U.S.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Florida Keys charities.

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