Team member Michael Garrett of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, caught the fish Saturday afternoon, clinching the tournament’s $3,000 dolphin-division prize. Mama Money was captained by Cecil Harrell.
Teams in the family-friendly tournament earned cash prizes for catching the heaviest dolphin fish, tuna, snapper and grouper. Other cash prizes awaited the challenge’s top veteran and first responder as well as senior, junior and female competitors.
The tournament drew anglers fishing on 46 boats. Proceeds are slated to benefit disabled or needy veterans in the Florida Keys’ Monroe County.
VFW Tournament Final Results
(Class, Weight, Angler, Hometown, Captain, Boat)
Heaviest Dolphin: 31.1 lb., Michael Garrett, Land O’ Lakes, Florida, Cecil Harrell, Mama Money
Heaviest Tuna: 9 lb., Rebecca Guzman, Key West, David MacDonald, Wizzie Cat
Heaviest Grouper: 13.2 lb., John Searcy, Key West, Jeff Searcy, Lightly
Heaviest Snapper: 11.6 lb., Noah Mercer, Key West, Andrew Mercer, Hillbilly Hookers
Senior Division: 8.60 lb. tuna, John Laird, Key West, John Bukowski, No Speedos
Female Division: 8 lb. dolphin, Gwyn Latta, Crystal Spring, Pennsylvania, Pete Thomas, Miss Judy
Junior Division: 7.2 lb. grouper, Calvin Mercer, Key West, Andrew Mercer, Hillbilly Hookers
First Responder Division: 4.6 lb. dolphin, Lanette Kuhnash, Lore City, Ohio, Brian Stahovec, Old Stoner
Veteran Division: 9.2 lb. dolphin, Cliff Simmen, Key West, James Simmen, Papasan